Did you catch the Laker game on Sunday by any chance? In case you missed it, you can check out my Twitter feed.
I actually live-tweeted two basketball games, Duke-St. Johns and Celtics-Lakers, and I would have enjoyed doing it a lot more if both teams hadn’t severely stunk up the joint.
Duke didn’t show up in its game at all, getting blasted 90-78 in Madison Square on national television, and the Lakers got blown out in the fourth quarter by the hated Celtics (although Kobe had 41) on national TV as well.
But I did enjoy doing it. Here are some things I took away:
Twitter is a great medium for fans to talk trash.
Being a Duke meant that at least 1 of my 98 followers had to hate them. It turns out one of my followers, @dysonsound (great music blog) was a UCONN fan and we ended up exchanging some jabs. He also happened to be a Celtic fan, so we had a lively discussion about basketball that took place over 4 hours.
I remember asking @dysonsound this after he revealed his UCONN and Celtics fandom,
@dysonsound haha are we diametrically opposed or what?
Twitter is a great medium to speculate on what trash is being talked during games.
I mean it was Lakers-Celtics – some blows were bound to be exchanged. Early in the game, the cameras focused on an interesting two-way exchange between former teammates Shaq and Kobe. I asked one of my followers what he thought Shaq said to Kobe to which he responded,
“You’re looking rather sexy today.”
Uh no, how about, “Kobe how my a$$ taste?”
What did my followers think?
I got interesting feedback from two followers that were on either side of the spectrum.
One of my followers @vikramraju joked,
@SSunmonu will replace my ESPN gamecast for live bball updates…would you branch out into other sports, sir? I need solid cricket coverage.
Another follower, @apfk88 was not so ecstatic, tweeting
@ssunmonu really? You’re going to tweet every play of the game?
To which I responded,
@apfk88 no one’s asking you to read em.
But the most important thing I took away from my live-tweeting session was that I do need to be more active on Twitter. I was actually amazed by how “influential” I was being. Checking out Klout afterwards revealed a jump from a score of 17 to a 25. Not too shabby for a days work.