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Social Networking 101b
- It was officially reported by
Yahoo Sports, that many
NFL teams created fake profiles on social networking sites, such as
in order to do some
yet simple investigating into the characters of potential recruits and draft
Social networking has exploded in to many
different things for many different people. In fact several prominent
professional athletes "twit" all of the time -
Lance Armstrong and
Shaq. Even further, major corporation now recognize that
social networking is a valuable tool to reach millions with one click of a
button. For example, Actor Ashton Kutcher ran a media blitz against CNN to see who can
obtain 1,000,000 followers first on Twitter. Believe it or not,
I digress, here is what sports organizations are doing. They will post
attractive females on their profiles to lure twenty-something men to them...
The pictures feature an attractive young lady kind of hugged up with a
couple other girls, all presenting a warm, inviting smile and fabulous visual assets.
So, at this point, you can kind of guess how it goes down from here... if
the unsuspecting athlete accept them as an online friend and add them to
their page, these organizations then attempt to find out as much personal
information as they can, from simple likes and dislikes of life, to even
more personal conversation dealing with sex, drinking, and of course,
Yahoo Sports, this might seem
like an invasion of privacy to some, but NFL teams say that if they are
about to invest millions of dollars in a player coming out of college they
want to make sure they are making the right decision. "Twenty years ago, if
you weren't getting a lot from a [college team's] coaching staff or a
family, you might put weeks into gathering good information on a couple
guys," a personnel source said. "Now, we can do a lot of it in a few days.
We can sit down with 20 guys that we might be looking at, and have a pile of
pictures and background things to hit them with. And every once in a while
you come across something that probably saves you from making a big
Let me take this a step further... even
human resources personnel
are admitting that they search social networking portals
to find out more information on
Here are several current issues surrounding
this subject that you should take a minute to read (just click on any
ESPN HOT TOPIC
So, I guess it is highly recommended to monitor
your activities on these sites because one wrong phrase, even in joke can
be mis-interpreted, and turn the light out on your dreams.
NOTE: Here is the NCAA stance on Twitter ~click
Here is a good article from the folks over @
mouthpiecesports.com... check it out!
We do encourage you to connect
with people, including Amateur Sports, via social networking sites, but
just be careful folks and realize that anyone can read your conversations
as well as begin investigating you and your behavior!!!
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