#SMSports: Twitter Tidbits

Twitter Tidbits: Stories or items that are flying under the radar, or dominating the conversation.

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Here’s a quick look at today’s Twitter Tidbits:

Twitter Takeovers. Twitter Q&A’s. Athletes, coaches, celebrities having access to a team/brand’s Twitter account is becoming the norm. Today, in fact, there were quite a few.

The Solheim Cup, pitting women’s golfers from Team USA vs Team Europe, takes place in August. Props to the Solheim Cup for trying to engage fans using Twitter now. Upon closer look at their Twitter feed, they’re trying. Trying to be engaging which is key, especially for lesser-covered sports like women’s golf. Back in March, they used UStream to announce a coaching staff member:

And just to show they’re in tune with what’s going on around them:

Solheim Cup

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I missed this one earlier today:

Legendary NHL’er, Willie O’Ree took over the NHL Twitter account today. For those who don’t know who Willie O’Ree is,you can read this quick synopsis of the “NHL’s first black player”, here.

Dropping hockey knowledge,

food knowledge,

history,

and humor:

O’Ree was everything you’d want in a Twitter Takeover/Q&A: fun, engaging, knowledgable. Well done, NHL. Really, really well done.

https://twitter.com/NHL/status/346690453875351552 align=’center’]

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Another Twitter Takeover today took place across the pond:

Short, easy hashtags are a great way to track Takeovers/Q&A’s on Twitter. Even if it might be a risk.

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Steve Gleason.

The former New Orleans Saint and Washington State Cougar made news in more ways than one today. One intended. One, through no fault, or even choice, of his own.

The good news? Gleason guested for Sports Illustrated’s Peter King in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column (link).

How can someone fighting ALS write a column? A SI.com excerpt:

Typing with your fingers or thumbs is sooooo 2012.

I tweeted that earlier in the year. I type with my eyes. Not only that, I navigate my computer, create and play music, keep a calendar, conference call, lead web X meetings, text and, obviously, tweet with my eyes.

Crazy, right? Actually, not as crazy as you may think. Cell phones, tablets, TVs and computers are all beginning to incorporate “eye tracking” technology. Someday soon we will all navigate computers with our eyes. When that day comes, remember you saw it here first. Keeping this perspective helps me think of myself less as disabled and more as a trendsetter.

He has a story to tell. He has knowledge to share.

Now for the bad:

According to multiple reports, an Atlanta radio station “attempted” humor today.

The link to the audio is posted on 106.1 WMTI New Orleans here. The station has issued an apology and suspensionsfired the offending individuals.

Apology and Update Regarding This Morning’s Mayhem in the AM Program

“We deeply regret the offensive programming that aired this morning on “Mayhem In The AM” on 790 The Zone, related to former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS. We suspended the three individuals involved immediately following their comments and have since terminated their employment. 790 The Zone, our owners, sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support this kind of content. We sincerely apologize to Mr. Gleason, his family and all those touched by ALS.”

—      Rick Mack, 790 The Zone Sr. VP & General Manager

Problems are only beginning for 790 The Zone:

To sum up reaction from most of Twitter:

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No need to end this post on a sour note in the sports Twitterverse. My Vine, Picture and Tweet of the day:

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CadChica Sports

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