Twitter is a pretty cool application, if used properly. Athletes have especially jumped on the Twitter train because it gives them a chance to connect with fans without a huge risk. Fighters like Urijah Faber, Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Frank Trigg have done a good job with Twitter, giving fans a fun glimpse into their lives outside of fighting.
However, as UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin found out, it can get you in trouble, too. He confirmed, via Twitter, that he would be fighting Cain Velasquez at UFC 104 in October. Trouble is that the bout agreements had not been signed, and Carwin let the cat out of the bag a bit early. He twittered again, softening his earlier statement, but at that point, "Velasquez vs. Carwin," the fight most fans want to see, had already found its way all over the internet.
WEC lightweight champ Jamie Varner found himself in similar trouble last week, when he twittered the problems with his hand before he shared it with his managers and the WEC. All was worked out, with Varner getting the time to let his hand heal, and the WEC moving forward with an interim belt bout between Donald Cerrone and Benson Henderson in September. With these two incidents, Varner and Carwin both found out the power that the scant 140 characters used on Twitter can have.
For good or bad, Twitter is here and is a favorite of athletes. But much like MySpace, Facebook and message forums before it, Twitter has enormous power to share the unfiltered thoughts of athletes. Tweets spread like wildfire, and fighters need to keep that in mind when sharing their thoughts via the addictive Web site.
- Shane Carwin
- Cain Velasquez
- Jamie Varner