Countdown to 2013 King of Content: 8. Twitter

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Game changer.
I heard someone recently say (and my apologies in advance for not recalling to whom to give proper credit) that Twitter will be to the Internet what the Internet was to the computer. A game changer, the prism through which we consume all things digital content and communicate in rapid-fire blurbs with millions of strangers.

I'm still trying to decide if Twitter will eventually be the greatest thing ever to happen to us or the complete downfall of mankind. Make no mistake, both are firmly in play. But the fact that I am such a prolific user of the technology (56,000 tweets and counting, yo!) would seem to indicate that I'm hoping for the former.

Or I'm just a masochist. Also, firmly in play.

Twitter is truly one of those "it is what you make of it" things. Want to use it strictly as a news feed? Can do. Want to use it to distribute links to your own content or content you like? I know a little something about that.

Want to use it to antagonize, bully and anonymously troll otherwise decent human beings? Well, sadly, yes that's doable as well.

Which brings us to number eight on our 2013 King of Content countdown.

Since the dawn of sporting time, angry fans have always hid behind the cowardly veil of anonymity. Before the Internet was a thing, the only way to let athletes know what we thought about them when they disappointed us was to scream at them from our seats at the game (which, unless you were screaming at Ron Artest, was always a safe haven) or hurl bags of dog poop at their front door in the middle of the night. Neither approach had consequences. We could express our disgust unfettered.

Then came the Internet, and with that came message boards, which gave us a new passive-aggressive way to sub-berate all the athletes and sports figures who personally ruined our lives. With message boards came college-specific websites (or vice versa...chicken, egg, whatever), which meant now we had the lowest subspecies of sports fans, COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS, expressing their furiously bitter (and grammatically laughable) laments about their team, their coach, their recruiting class...pretty much their existence.

Then around five years ago, along came Twitter, and everything changed.

Now, sports fans could have even more direct contact with their most hated athletes or coaches, and yet still hide behind an even greater shroud of anonymity than the message boards! Now, with Twitter, fans could directly tweet @MSchaub8 to tell him what a failure he was and how he ruined their lives, and do so under the (ironic) name @TexanFan69 (ironic because what "fan" berates a player, and ironic because "69" would imply that this person has had contact with a woman)!

Progress! (Not really.)

I did my best to call out the twit-idiots in 2013 when it was appropriate to do so, but sadly, I can't help but think the attention -- the attention to their ANONYMOUS, TROLLING EXISTENCE -- is exactly what they were looking for.

Perhaps, in an effort to use my platform for good, I am part of the problem. Such is the conflicted cyber world the Internet hath created, and such is the conundrum known as "Twitter," which with six posts, comes in at number eight on our 2013 King of Content countdown.

Here are those posts....

January 28, 2013: Twitter Fight! LeSean McCoy's Baby Momma Goes Insane
February 11, 2013: Twitter War! The Iron Sheik Calls Out Arian Foster!
March 5, 2013: RIP @ArianFoster (February 2, 2010 - March 4, 2013)
May 16, 2013: Oklahoma City Twitter Thugs Go in on Patrick Beverley After Thunder Season Ends (LOTS of NSFW)
June 5, 2013: Adventures in Twitter: Notre Dame Keyboard Thugs vs Recruit Eddie Vanderdoes
September 11, 2013: The Seven Stages Of Chris Berman Twitter Hate

PREVIOUS COUNTDOWN POSTS:

King of Content 2013: Honorable mentions
10. Ed Reed
9. Jacoby Jones

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