Georgia Bulldogs Football: Fans Need Social Media Etiquette 101

Bob ZenContributor IIISeptember 5, 2011

Take that you eighteen year old kid!
Take that you eighteen year old kid!

I am as disappointed as anyone about the shellacking that Boise State laid on Georgia this past Saturday, but that is nothing compared to the disappointment that I felt after reading that some of our fans and Boise St. fans have been tweeting and facebooking the players with negative and very hurtful messages.  That is simply inappropriate.

We all get upset and it easy to lash out at players who choose to be on these social media.  Just because you can send a message to a player doesn't mean you should send them a message. 

It is so easy today to connect with the players.  They are kids and they want to do the things that other kids do.  They want Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.  They want to post silly pictures and tell their friends the things that they did that day.  There is an unfortunate downside to all of that though.  Putting yourself out there for your friends means that you're out there for not so friendly people.

Imagine if you didn't have a good day and suddenly something that you had once depended on to stay in contact with your family and friends turned into a hate-filled triad of negativity.  Not only have you lost your ability to chat with these people but you getting a barrage of unwanted posts.  And it isn't one or two, it's hundreds.  That is what these kids are facing right now and it's a shame. 

The game of football is very mental.  These guys have to pick themselves up off of the dirt, dust themselves off and start practicing for the next opponent.  They don't need to deal with idiots, 99 percent of whom never played a down of football in college, sending them messages fueled by hatred.

So for those of you reading this that have or are considering contacting the players I say follow the golden rule.  If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!