“Twitter really needs a sarcasm font.”
Ever read that one before? In my four years on Twitter, I’ve seen it more times than I can remember. (No, that’s not an age thing.)
The boundary that is 140 characters can be very limiting. It often necessitates the use of multiple tweets, Twitlonger, Sulia or any other number of resources that allow you to tweet beyond the “dreaded 140”, to get your point across. While not ideal, they can help avoid any misunderstandings or overreactions from others. Even then, people may still react because…well…because they can.
As a Twitter (social media) sports reporter, I’m on Twitter a lot. When I say “a lot”, equate that to the amount of time you’re on it in a week and that might be me in a day. Not every single day, mind you, but, oh, never mind.
I see a wide variety of tweets from conversations between friends, media, fans and of course, I see the Twitter fights too. The flip side is that I also see random tweets by people who leave them open for interpretation. Some are so odd that I have to check their previous tweets to see what they’re talking about.
Thus the reason for this post. I took about an hour to collect random tweets from across the sports Twitterverse below. They’re all taken completely out of context so it’s up to you to figure out what each person is talking about. You might be able to figure them out. Then again, you might not. [NOTE: If you have some good tweets out of context, let me know.]
More after the tweets.
Well, Ed Davis has now made my list of favorite NBA players.—
Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 09, 2013
Not saying she have to be perfect. Just perfect for me....—
Lamarcus Aldridge (@aldridge_12) July 09, 2013
you all are entitled to your own opinion, I don't have a problem with what he did I can understand where you guys are coming from—
LaVar Leap Arrington (@LaVarArrington) July 09, 2013
Lucas Luetge (@LucasLuetge) July 08, 2013
7th grade though—
Shaq Hill (@half_amazinggg) July 09, 2013
"Hey... A lot of people's girlfriends are in there." #Denied—
Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) July 09, 2013
Soon as I get any Greys....I am growing a #luther beard.... Holla at me......—
Jason Roberts (@JasonRoberts30) July 09, 2013
Haha. Pretty close:-) good luck the next few weeks bud—
Richard S Johnson (@Rich_S_Johnson) July 09, 2013
Kevin Pangos (@KPangos) July 09, 2013
We're doing it! WE'RE REALLY DOING IT! TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!!!—
Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) July 09, 2013
Jeremy Pond (@JeremyPond) July 09, 2013
That Aaron Hernandez seems like such a nice boy.—
Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) July 09, 2013
Basically, I'm imaginin the Bucks' front office has been possessed by a demon.—
Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) July 09, 2013
rebkah howard (@pink_funk) July 09, 2013
Don't need this reminder anymore—
Wayne Warren (@WayneTrain_SB27) July 09, 2013
The Pee-Man is coming to my house.. I can't get away from this guy #CmonBro—
Patrick Schiller (@Pat_Schiller) July 09, 2013
If you didn’t know what was happening on Twitter today, you’d probably have no idea what most of these are talking about. Even if you were on Twitter most of the day, you still might not know. And that’s one of my two points.
Twitter is what I call, the “World’s Largest Sports Bar”. It’s a constant conversation. Whether you’re tweeting about a sporting event or the news of the day or something you read on…Twitter, the conversation never stops. It’s easy to miss someone’s intent in a tweet. Twitter’s vastness also makes it easy to miss some unique perspectives. (Shameless plug: Thus the need for Twitter reporters.)
What’s my other point?
Twitter really needs a #sarcasm font.