In a word: Wow. We’ve been talking a lot lately about just how big social networking is getting, how huge Facebook and Twitter have become over the last few months and how they are more than likely going to continue to do so. In case you were still a non-believer (didn’t the simple fact that the QUEEN of ENGLAND has an account convince you?!) I think the events that transpired on Shaquille O’Neal’s Twitter account Saturday should have convinced you.
Just how big has the service gotten? Try this on for size: Leading up to his game on Saturday, Shaq was promising his Twitter followers that he would, in fact, Tweet DURING the game or during halftime. Did he hold to his word? Yes, Yes he did. At halftime of his game against Washington, Shaq simply tweeted: “Shhhhhhh.”
Here’s the even crazier thing, Shaq wasn’t the first one to Tweet during a big event, like a professional sporting event. Last Sunday, Charlie Villanueva of Milwaukee actually got in trouble with his coach for sending out a Tweet during the game. Did Shaq suffer the same consequences for his “Shhhhhhh?” Nope. Here is what his coach, Alvin Gentry, had to say:
“As long as he gets 25 [points] and 11 [rebounds], he can do whatever he wants. He can Twitter, Facebook, MySpace…”
That, coming from a coach that also has a Twitter account. All this leads to the question: What’s next? Are we going to see Tweets coming in between rounds at boxing matches or MMA fights? Are we going to to have the President sending out updates during Oval Office meetings? Pitchers updating their Status while their team is batting during the World Series?
The short answer…Probably.