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When did an announcement that someone is NOT joining Twitter become news?  Apparently it just has as Charles Barkley says he’s not going to do it.

This isn’t a new topic – as it WAS somewhat big news in 2008 when Shaquille O'Neil began tweeting.  He led the way for athletes who are interested in direct communication with their fans.

It’s become so routine that there is a website, Tweeting-Athletes.com, that provides data about which jocks tweet, broken down categorically by sports and teams.

Despite his pioneering ways, according to the site Shaq has fallen to the fifth most-followed athlete, behind three soccer players and LeBron James.  In fact, O’Neil and James are the only two non-soccer players in the top 10.

There is plenty of other statistical information available, such as the number of players on each team who tweet (the Arizona Diamondbacks have 23), who’s trending and even how to advertise on the site.

And, of course, you can follow Tweeting-Athletes:  @Pro_Athletes.  This could clog up my Tweetdeck in a hurry.

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
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  1. to tweet or not to tweet shouldn’t really be news anymore.

  2. Kelly Potts says:

    Also- quitting Twitter shouldn’t be news anymore

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