It's a common topic of debate on MGoBlog—is it good, is it bad, should players have them, should they now—it's been discussed thoroughly. One area that seems to be the most often discussed here is whether it's okay for fans to tweet to recruits, many of whom are juniors and sophomores. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I think it's creepy to tweet to high school kids. But on the other it seems like the recruits and players enjoy the interactions with fans, the positive ones at least.
There is one area where I'm fairly certain we all should be able to agree on though: it's not okay to tweet negative things to high school recruits or players (on Michigan or otherwise). Yet it still happens. For example this last weekend, after tweeting about his visit to Ohio State, recruit Joey Bosa (DE from Florida) made a comment about how he planned to go "up north" (to visit Michigan). This apparently angered some of the denizens of the Michigan-twitter-sphere, who proceeded to reply to him with a variety of negative comments to him.
This is not okay.
From a recruiting perspective, it's terrible to have a player think that an entire fanbase are asses and hate him for saying a short 140-character comment about how he likes a school, and be turned off because of that. From a personal perspective, this is a high school kid people are harassing, not some multi-millionaire star-athlete on a professional squad, but a regular 16, 17, or 18 year old kid.
We get all up in arms when other fan bases do it. Ohio particularly comes to mind, especially after the whole Kalis incident (I'm not trying to compare the magnitude Bosa twitter-incident with the Kalis backlash after he decommitted from Ohio, I still think they were markedly different). We like to think that Michigan fans are above that kind of thing, and the vast majority of us are, but all sides say stupid things, even our fans.
I know the vast majority of people here never have contacted recruits via twitter or facebook or other social networking uses, and the out of the few that do, most of them are likely positive messages of support to the players who have committed or are be recruited. And that is okay, it might be a little odd to tweet at a 17 year old, but if you say good things no real problems can come from it. However, to the few who do say negative things to recruits or players (whether for Michigan or any other team), I—and the rest of the Michigan fan community—implore you to stop. It makes us all look bad.
Other fan bases may do it, and so be it, we can't control what other fans say and think. But for a fan base who prides themselves on being mature and respectful, this is completely unacceptable. We always talk about whether or not players should think before they tweet, but the exact same goes for the fans.