Social media plays a huge role in every day life. Whether you are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Four Square, Myspace, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr and the list goes on, everyone is on some sort of social media website.
When Myspace was “cool,” yes, I had one — had being the keyword. Now I contently use — on a daily basis — the “Big Three:” FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter. I never thought I would get into Twitter. I didn’t grasp its logic and why I needed to know constant 140 character updates on people.
For the most part, tweets involve things that don’t affect me nor do I care about most of the information. So I’ll be honest, it took me awhile to understand it, indulge in it and I still learn something new about Twitter every day. A social media outlet that I vowed to never be a part of, I now can’t get enough of.
I’m getting the feeling that NHL players are on the same page as I am.
As the lockout is ever so present and soon may wipeout the entire 2012-2013 season, hockey players have a lot more time on their hands — at least the ones who didn’t go overseas. So they’ve turned to hobbies, spending time with family and using Twitter as a means to voice their own opinions.
Finally, celebrities and athletes alike have an outlet where us normal folk can see that they too are normal. Twitter has enabled users to read the thoughts of people we would most likely never get the chance to meet and converse with. And trust me when I say this, there are countless celebrities and athletes who don’t hold anything back on Twitter — which is the main reason why I’m addicted.
It is clear that this lockout is affecting everyone involved: owners, players, workers and fans. In an effort to maybe sway you into getting a Twitter account if you don’t already have one, I want to bestow upon you the priceless tweets from NHL players since the lockout:
9/18/12 Rick Tocchet (retired NHL player): “This is what I don’t understand …Bettman has been saying for years the NHL is in good shape financially and the growth has been tremendous.”
9/25/12 Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers): “1 of many bad things the lockout brings,U get kicked out form your locker rom and have to get dressed in a shoe box.”
10/4/12 Henrik Lundqvist: “Practice this morning was not my best, thats for sure.. The save percentage was far from where it should be. I miss the intensity..”
10/8/12 Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers): “I wasn’t trying to be a primadonna when I tweeted yesterday. Just sucks having to go on the ice at 8 by yourself instead of with teammates…This lockout sucks for everyone involved and the fans get it the worst.”
10/15/12 Bret Hedican (retired NHL player) & George Parros (Florida Panthers) re-tweeted: “RT@Proteautype This Halloween, I’m going as an NHL owner: I’m staying in, locking all my doors, & showing kids the candy.”
10/15/12 John Buccigross (NHL columnist for ESPN): “Another casuality of the NHL Lockout is losing passionate, good hockey people to other industries they can trust. Close to breaking point…”
10/17/12 Joffrey Lupul (Toronto Maple Leafs): “The offer is a step in the right direction, no doubt- but making it public can only slow down the process. Those were Gary’s words, not mine.”
10/18/12 Bobby Ryan (Anaheim Ducks): “Well today’s news sucks. I thought my time line was bad. Reading @JLupul mentions at lunch. Blood bath.”
10/19/12 Jeremy Roenick (retired NHL player): “. I agree w Signey Crosby (3 proposals denied in 10 mins doesn’t sould like a group willing to negotiate) its really too bad.”
10/20/12 Matthew Barnaby (retired NHL player): “With the uncertainty of the NHL i have decided to add camps all over the country!! Can’t wait!!”
10/21/12 Mike Green (Washington Capitals): “Anyone hiring Im bored?”
Whether you had a few laughs or I enlightened you on twitter, you can gather that hockey players are humans too who have similar thoughts and emotions as we are experiencing during this hard time #lockoutproblems.
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