September 30, 2009

Martin Havlat - NHL Twitterer Extraordinaire

Twitter is slowly catching on with the NHLers. It's been popular with other sports, such as college football, the NFL, and the NBA, but the NHL players aren't sure what to make of it, I think. Martin Havlat has just become their poster boy.

Oh, a few of them have Twitter accounts. Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Dan Boyle, TJ Oshie, Mike Commodore, the newly retired Bret Hedican, and former player Dave Andreychuk - among others. Some do it more than others, but few are as prolific in his tweeting as Martin Havlat.

Today, for instance, he decided to field questions from the people who follow him for about two hours. He said he'd answer the best ones, and he answered quite a few. It really looked like an independent thing on his part. The team Twitter person didn't announce anything for a while after Havlat did. So, you know, good for him that he took that initiative to connect with the fans of his new team.

The best quote of the day about that I saw was "is Havlat the anti-Gaborik?"

It's nothing terribly exciting, but it is interesting. Havlat is using Twitter as a tool to get his own message across directly to his fans. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how one uses it, but he seems to be taking it in the right direction. Hopefully he can maintain what he's doing and how he's going about doing it.

A word on Twitter.... What you see on people's pages - if they're public, which mine's not unless you follow me - is what they send out, not what they receive. When you log on in your home page, you can see the messages of everyone that you're following. And if you're following someone, and someone is following you back, you can send direct messages that are private. So what you see isn't always what you get with Twitter.

It's never dull, tho, that's for sure.

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