Try Twitter and you will get hooked

Twitter has been around since 2006, and for years I resisted using a Twitter account – now I’m hooked.

In the beginning of Twitter’s existence, it seemed people were using it to let everyone know where they were at that very minute, what they were eating or what they were doing and basically I really didn’t care to know that about anyone in particular.

So, I just didn’t pay much attention to Twitter.

But, as time has gone on, Twitter has become much more than, “Hey, I just went shopping and got some great deals.”

Twitter has become an important outlet for many news organizations. It’s a great way to get information out to the public in a very instant way. As a Twitter follower, you can read about something on Twitter long before you hear it on radio or see it on television.

Also, it seems that some people tweet out information that normally I would miss, just because I can’t possibly read every news site that’s on the Internet or watch every newscast on television. If you follow someone whose perspective or information you appreciate and if they tweet a link to a particular story, then they in effect are your filter.

The idea of Twitter is to follow individuals, companies, media outlets, politicians, etc., from whom you want to receive information. You then can weed out those that don’t live up to your expectations, or who tweet frivolous stuff that you have no interest in.

As a sports fan, I have several sports-related Twitter accounts that I follow. If you’re new to the Twitter world, you can easily search on Twitter for the topics or personalities in which you have an interest. However, I’d like to help you get a jumpstart by making a few suggestions. Remember, all Twitter accounts begin with the “at” (@) symbol.

Obviously if you are a fan of a particular sport or league, you’ll want to follow any Twitter account associated with that sport. For instance, if you’re an NFL fan then of course you should follow @NFL as well as maybe your favorite team’s Twitter account. For me, that would be @buffalobills.

You may also want to follow the networks that carry NFL games, like; @nflnetwok, @NFLonFOX, @ESPN, and @CBSSports.  Plus, there are many individuals associated with the NFL that may be of interest.

Obviously, many of the players have their own Twitter accounts, but you may want to follow individual reporters like @AdamSchefter, NFL insider for ESPN.

Local teams that you may be interested in following on Twitter include; @okcthunder, @tulsadrillers, @tulsaoilers, @RoughnecksFC, @TulsaProSoccer (Revolution), @OU_Athletics, @OSUAthletics, @TuslaHurricane, and @ORUAthletics.

You can even follow the conference of your favorite college teams – @Big12Conference, @thesummitleague, @American_Conf, @SEC, @bigten, and many more.

A few individuals I would highly recommend include a couple of former Tulsa sportscasters – Dari Nowkhah @ESPNDari and Dave Briggs @davebriggstv. Nowkhah can be seen on ESPN and SEC Network, and can be heard on ESPN Radio. Briggs is a former studio host at FOX News, and is now a sports reporter and host on NBC and NBC Sports Network.

Someone who is a big sports fan and often tweets about the PGA Tour is comedian @NormMcdonald.

Also, Drew Carey, the host of The Price Is Right is a big soccer fan and often tweets about that sport, @DrewFromTV.

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll want to make sure you follow us  @JeffBSports. Happy Tweeting!