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#151 BigRedBuster

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 09:11 AM

 

 

 

I find it strange that you find it strange discussing something that a person puts into a public space.

Like I said, the line being drawn is strange.  They post on twitter, a social media platform, specifically designed for interaction with other people.  So pasting a publicly posted tweet to a message board of people who then obsessively discuss the content of the tweet is fine.  Saying "congrats" or "welcome" on the social media platform that the same high school kid posted to, knowing it's a social media platform, is over the line.

 

You are vastly over simplifying the issue.

 

If it stopped at "congrats" or "welcome" great.  But it doesn't.  Fans go way over board especially when a player picks another school and some fans get nasty.  It also goes on before someone commits and fans constantly contact recruits THINKING they are some how part of the recruiting process to Nebraska.  Meanwhile, Nebraska was towards the top of the list that recruits say has fans that are the most annoying on Twitter.

 

I get that.  At some point it becomes obsessive and harmful to the recruiting process.  But scroll up a few posts.  Very specifically, when asked if it's okay to say "congrats!' or "welcome" when a guy commits, the response was it makes you a " creepy wierd borderline stalker crazy old fan." which was then echoed by multiple other posters.  That's a weird line we draw that obsessing over the recruit on a message board is okay but saying congrats to them on a public social media platform is stalking.

 

 

 

It's because where does it stop?  It easily gets out of hand and you have absolutely no clue if the player likes what you are tweeting him or not.  Believe it or not, there are times when players get turned off by some fans tweeting them.  So, it's best to just don't do it.


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#152 Radioactive Man

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 09:48 AM

 

 

 

 

I find it strange that you find it strange discussing something that a person puts into a public space.

Like I said, the line being drawn is strange.  They post on twitter, a social media platform, specifically designed for interaction with other people.  So pasting a publicly posted tweet to a message board of people who then obsessively discuss the content of the tweet is fine.  Saying "congrats" or "welcome" on the social media platform that the same high school kid posted to, knowing it's a social media platform, is over the line.

 

You are vastly over simplifying the issue.

 

If it stopped at "congrats" or "welcome" great.  But it doesn't.  Fans go way over board especially when a player picks another school and some fans get nasty.  It also goes on before someone commits and fans constantly contact recruits THINKING they are some how part of the recruiting process to Nebraska.  Meanwhile, Nebraska was towards the top of the list that recruits say has fans that are the most annoying on Twitter.

 

I get that.  At some point it becomes obsessive and harmful to the recruiting process.  But scroll up a few posts.  Very specifically, when asked if it's okay to say "congrats!' or "welcome" when a guy commits, the response was it makes you a " creepy wierd borderline stalker crazy old fan." which was then echoed by multiple other posters.  That's a weird line we draw that obsessing over the recruit on a message board is okay but saying congrats to them on a public social media platform is stalking.

 

 

 

It's because where does it stop?  It easily gets out of hand and you have absolutely no clue if the player likes what you are tweeting him or not.  Believe it or not, there are times when players get turned off by some fans tweeting them.  So, it's best to just don't do it.

 

You're right there's definitely a line.  It's like pornography.  You know it when you see it.  

 

But honestly, in this day and age there are plenty of ways for recruits to make announcements that don't involve direct interaction with fans like Twitter does.  If you announce on Twitter expect some responses.  Every high school kid knows that.  You want to announce into the void with no response post a Youtube video and disable comments.  I don't think any recruit would think it's weird creepy and stalkerish to get a "Welcome!" from a fan after announcing on Twitter, especially since the fans play a big role in getting players to sign.  There's a reason so many recruits were wowed by the Spring game and it wasn't because the coaches suddenly were that much better or the level of play was so good.  It was the 76,000 paying fans in the stands for a freaking spring game.


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