Social media and sports can mix well

I love social media. I know this does not come as a surprise, but I love the good, bad, and ugly of it. The best subject to get all three is definitely sports social media.

More sports teams are actively involved in social media, and with that comes consequences, as the New England Patriots witnessed recently.

I personally enjoy when teams’ social media pages encourage participation with fans, and with other teams. Sports are meant to be fun, and it is enjoyable to see teams be accountable for what they post, but be creative as well.

The NBA’s Atlanta Hawks are on of my favorites on interacting with other teams. Win or lose, the Hawks’ Twitter is ready to go as shown below.

The 2014 NBA Playoffs featured five first round matchups that went to a game seven. The Hawks were one of the teams who lost, and sympathized with the others.

The MLB’s Texas Rangers do a good job of getting fans involved. During the season, they encourage fans to ask players questions using the #TexasTwitterTUE. This gives the fans a good look inside of what players are thinking during the regular season.

To fans, if you tweet at a player or team, please be ready to receive a response that may not appease you. There are actual people behind these pages, and they have feelings too.

West Virginia fans winning at social media, losing with police

Social media allows us to share our lives in a public manner. For some in Morgantown, West Virginia on October 19, posting on social media possibly got them arrested.

The police viewed social media sites Twitter, Instagram, and even anonymous Yik Yak to find patrons who were destroying public property after the West Virginia football team upset Baylor in Morgantown. Police Chief Ed Preston said those who were caught engaging in illegal activity will be charged.

Lost in the riots, West Virginia upset then #4 Baylor 41-27 in Morgantown on October 19.
Lost in the riots, West Virginia upset then #4 Baylor 41-27 in Morgantown on October 19.