Social Media Newsbeat
Monday, July 06, 2015
See, when someone, say, fellow SB Nation “blogger” Grant Brisbee, posts something as innocuous as a Vine of a silly happening during a baseball game—I have no idea what it was as you can see below—the post is targeted for removal because By Jove! One of these Internet Types is stealing our banwebs! Delete the pictures and return the stolen files, although it was probably something that never would have made it onto any of MLB’s social media accounts which are notoriously ill-equipped for sharing content on the new media platform which functions on instantaneous connectivity upon which they are found….
Now what we should not do is argue for the right to set up our own little broadcasting channels in order to subvert the arm of MLB Advanced Media, who are, admittedly, trying to figure out how best to navigate this ever-changing new media network. What we should do, though, is read about how the league is trying desperately to hold onto an outdated model of ubiquitous market control in an era where television networks—television networks!—have learned to let an audience with money in its pockets use and share their product amongst themselves for free advertising.
We should wonder why MLB refuses to make 90% of their highlight videos embeddable until a day after the game airs, when studies have regularly shown that emotion is one of the most powerful tools by which to make online content go viral. Emotion, which by the way easily wanes after Nelson Cruz’ hilarious awkward slide home gathers almost 24 hours between its original posting and its availability to be embedded through MLB’s official channels. They are literally leaving money on the table.
The real question the court needs to answer is how to pronounce “GIFs”!
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
These guys should not be shocked about the consequences for their terrible posts.
Monday, March 02, 2015
Sorry, just because someone is in the public sphere does not mean anyone he knows is fair game. Some of the Tweets about his daughter are absolutely reprehensible. I only occasionally agree with Schilling but in this instance bringing the actions of these terrible people into focus is appropriate.
Monday, February 09, 2015
The post-Selig era begins in earnest.
MLB is shutting down the Fan Cave, its much-acclaimed 4-year-old social media hub in New York City, representing an early sign of the unification of business operations under new Commissioner Rob Manfred.
The move, led by Bob Bowman, president of business and media, is an attempt to consolidate all of baseball’s social media activities under MLB Advanced Media and the MLB Network. MLBAM had its own active social media agenda separate from the Fan Cave, often creating confusion on matters such as who would take a lead role in promoting coming MLB events.
Monday, January 12, 2015
As I watched the scene at Stadio Olimpico from a continent away, my thoughts wandered back to the sport I cover: Baseball should do something like this.
The idea isn’t that farfetched — at least, it shouldn’t be.
Major League Baseball could place one portable camera near the instant-replay module in every ballpark. (Outside the dugout, to guard against sign-stealing and the like.) But a player who isn’t in the game — the designated tweeter, if you will — could leave the dugout and summon the camera, in the same way umpires beckon the instant-replay equipment.
Pose. Capture. Tweet. The whole process should take about 30 seconds.
If you’re concerned about pace of play — as outgoing commissioner Bud Selig certainly is — then limit the in-game selfie to the home team, once per game. The only permissible times would be when the game’s pitch-to-pitch rhythm already has come to a stop (e.g., home run, end of an inning, pitching change).
You are welcome to decry the inherent narcissism of the selfie. I won’t disagree with you. But it appears to have staying power — as much as anything can in contemporary American society.
When I grew up, ballplayers like Pete Rose and Dale Murphy could take three or four selfies a game. Today’s ballplayers aren’t like they used to be.
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