META: Knock It Off (or how I learned to stop worrying and avoid the Twitter)

Submitted by BiSB on July 6th, 2012 at 4:21 PM

 

[WARNING: Mod abuse of power and unrequested opinion contained herein. Consider yourself warned]

Stop it. 

Twitter is great. Facebook is swell. MySpace is... maybe still a thing? But for the love of all things holy, and in the name of all that is non-douchy, I beg of you... Leave. Recruits. Alone. 

That's Me

This is about David Dawson, but it's not about David Dawson. It's about Kyle Kalis. It's about Shane Morris and Kyle Bosch and Yuri Wright. It's about 17-year-old kids. They're trying to decide where to go to college. They're deciding on a group of people with whom they want to spend 5000 hours per week for the next four to five years. (Attn: Mike Rosenberg, that's called 'hyperbole.' Put the pen down). This is a big-ass decision.

Remember when you debated this for 10 minutes? Yeah. Kind of like that.

The good news? You don't have to be involved. The recruits can do this ALL by themselves. In fact, your involvement is not welcomed. You're not helping. You're making it worse.

So, with that, I would like to propose that we come up with a few ground rules. 

  1. No tweeting @ recruits: It may be an NCAA violation, though I tend to think it's not. But it's creepy as hell. It does no good, and it can cause huge harm. 
  2. No Facebook friending recruits: They are not your friends.
  3. No commenting on recruits' Facebook walls: See #2 above
  4. No tweeting @ recruits: still no. 
  5. No following recruits on Twitter: This is a gray area, but the bottom line is that these are kids, so err on the side of not being creepy.
  6. No talking shit about recruits on the internet (MGoBlog or otherwise): what part of "these are kids" did you not get.
  7. No obsessing about recruits' every tweet: This is the toughest one, because even if you don't follow recruits, stuff gets retweeted or posted to MGoBlog. I struggle with this one as much as the next guy. But yeah.
  8. NO TWEETING @ RECRUITS: HOLY HELL STOP TWEETING RECRUITS.

/Rant

Comments

Hardware Sushi

July 9th, 2012 at 10:27 PM ^

I agree with all but #5...open and closed accounts exist for a reason. The rest are spot-on.

I didn't read all the responses but I'm sure there's one above just like it - people will do dumb things no matter what you give them. Alcohol, guns, religion, etc., can all end up doing bad things in dumb peoples' hands.

I like what coach Hoke is doing with the players: educating them, rather than banning them. Those calling for everyone to cease using social media aren't solving the issue anymore than prohibition with alcohol.

Just don't be dumb.