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Monday, May 13, 2019

Padres temporarily lost Twitter handle after changing it to ‘Madres’ for Mother’s Day

If you’re running a major brand account, it’s never a good idea to temporarily change your Twitter handle - even if there is coordination with Twitter itself. The San Diego Padres learned that the hard way on Sunday.

The Padres’ social team had an interesting idea in celebration of Mother’s Day. They opted to do away with their “@Padres” Twitter handle for a day in favor of “@Madres.” That made sense, I guess. It’s Mother’s Day - let’s give the moms a shoutout across the #brands for #engagement.

But the Padres didn’t change their display name - they changed their actual handle. And, evidently, someone forgot to lock down the handle on a separate account. This was what their Twitter page looked like on Sunday.

That presented an opportunity for Calvin College baseball player Ricky Padilla. He immediately took notice to the available @Padres handle and claimed it for himself.

In numerous ways, social media is rather bewildering to me- here is another example of how….

QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 03:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mother's day, padres, social media, twitter

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Blue Jays Twitter account confirms info tweeted out by Blue Jays Twitter account

There’s an old saying in the newspaper business: “if your mother says she loves you, check it out.” The idea: don’t just trust one source on a matter. Make dang sure you got the facts right.

That’s obviously more of a guideline than a rule, of course. If you are given basic and straightforward information that you have no real reason to doubt, you can generally go with an official comment on a matter, especially if the matter is not super important in the grand scheme of things.

Some people, though, really hold to that “check it out” ethos. Even if they’re not journalists. We saw this yesterday after the Toronto Blue Jays Twitter feed posted the lineup for the team’s game against the Indians

With how hyper-serious the Internet has become, we could use some surrealism.

 

QLE Posted: April 06, 2019 at 07:59 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, twitter

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Phillies fans threaten Trent Thornton on Twitter after he hits Bryce Harper with pitch

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Trent Thornton is the newly crowned least popular man in Philadelphia after he plunked Bryce Harper in the ankle with a 96 mph heater in Friday’s spring training game.

The pitch was seemingly not intentional, and Harper is only day-to-day after undergoing X-rays, but that hasn’t stopped bringing the worst out of Philadelphia Phillies fans.

From a video of a fan confusing Javy Guerra for Thornton and calling him a coward as he walked toward the team bus to fans threatening Thornton on Twitter, it was not the best day for the many good fans of Philadelphia.

The sporting fans of Philadelphia get angry when people comment on their general reputation- then they act like this….

 

 

QLE Posted: March 17, 2019 at 07:23 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, phillies, trent thornton, twitter

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

College student says she ‘felt harassed’ by Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer on Twitter

A Texas State University finance major hadn’t heard of Trevor Bauer when she chided the Cleveland Indians pitcher on Twitter over the weekend.

Days later, Nikki Giles told USA TODAY Sports she’s been reduced to tears by the barrage of responses from Bauer and some of his 135,000 followers. Giles said she’s reported the harassment to the Indians via the team’s official Facebook page and flagged three of Bauer’s tweets in a complaint to Twitter.

“It has definitely ruined my last three days,” Giles told USA TODAY Sports. “I have cried daily and called my family crying because the first 12-24 hours or so I was getting a lot of hate.”

The more and more I see of Twitter, the more and more I become convinced that it is naught but a hive of scum and villainy…..

QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 326 comment(s)
  Beats: social media, trevor bauer, twitter

Thursday, November 29, 2018

No, MLB partnering with MGM Resorts does not somehow vindicate Pete Rose

Yesterday I wrote about how Major League Baseball and MGM Resorts have become business partners, with the latter being “the official gaming partner” of MLB.

While some people’s response to that has been about what the partnership means on a practical level, the overwhelming response has been “BUT WHAT ABOUT PETE ROSE?!!!! HOW CAN MLB KEEP HIM BANNED?!! HYPOCRITES!” For a sampling of that go here and here and here and here and here and here and here and then take my word for it when I say that that sentiment was repeated a MILLION times yesterday and into today. Even people who, you’d think anyway, would know the significance of a sponsorship deal are trafficking in this stuff.

Claiming there is some connection between these two things is dumb, people. Don’t be dumb. Because being dumb is dumb.

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, gambling, pete rose, twitter

 

 

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