The power of Twitter is instant information and the ability to disseminate extremely quickly. When news breaks, it quickly spreads as people retweet the information, or see other people retweeting it, and decide to do so themselves as well.
A pair of fake Twitter accounts which “reported” a pair of big Celtics news items fooled some fans and media yesterday.
Whoa. Blockbuster. Except Broussard is spelled wrong.
A nice way to feel like a complete moron is to be duped by a fake Chris Broussard twitter account.
— Kirk Minihane (@kirkmin) June 26, 2012
I hate it when that happens.
Then later last night, this was posted.
Sad day for the NBA, as the great Kevin Garnett has decided to retire. Press conference scheduled for 1 pm EST tomorrow on ESPN.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmifh) June 27, 2012
This kept at least one sports editor in the office a little later than he intended.
But again, the account is one letter off. Why do people set up fake Twitter accounts and do this sort of thing? For exactly this reason. It’s too easy to just hit the “retweet” button. I’ve done it before when someone in my timeline had retweeted a fake account.
The Red Sox got back on track with a 5-1 win at Fenway Park over the Blue Jays. Five links from this morning:
Red Sox have varied contributors – Gordon Edes has a number of players making contributions to this win.
Cherington shoots down rifts between Red Sox players, Valentine – Danny Picard has the Sox GM saying that no players have come to him to complain about Bobby Valentine.
Doc Rivers thinks positive on Kevin Garnett return – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics coach believing that KG will be back.
What to watch for at Bruins’ development camp – DJ Bean tells us what to expect as the youngsters get together.
Options at QB for Patriots – Jeff Howe thinks that Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett offer the Patriots both depth and possible assets.
Monday’s BS Report with Bill Simmons featured Rich Levine from CSNNE.com, and they talked the state of Boston sports. You have get through the segment with Simmons’ Yankees fan buddy JackO first, but then it gets pretty good, though when they got to discussing the most popular athletes in Boston right now, somehow they left out Gronk.
I was wondering how Simmons knew Levine, and it turns out Levine was a finalist for the Sports Guy Intern contest with ESPN back in 2004.
Bob Lobel: The Greatest Moment of My Career – Which moment do you think it is?