Sunday, September 16, 2007

Of high school hockey and Twitter experiments

It's no surprise to many of you (especially those following me on Twitter) that I'm a fan of hockey. Strange for a guy in the desert, I know. But my son plays the sport and has for many years. He's currently on three different teams and for the next 8 months or so, our schedule revolves around his schedule. Welcome to kids.

This weekend, I decided to play around with the idea of using Twitter as an update tool. For the last couple of years, I had been the announcer for his team, calling out goals, penalties and scores live at the game. It was a lot of fun for me, informative for the parents (the refs aren't big on sharing information with the fans) and the kids seemed to enjoy it, too. But now we're in the big-town, and I don't have free reign on the microphone. And I miss it.

So I thought... how about Twitter? Well, you can take a look at my previous Tweets from this weekend. They are long. Really, really long. And that's just calling out (mostly) goals, penalties and the score at the end of each period. It was a pain in the ass on my Treo, but much better on the lappy. Trouble is, not all rinks have wifi.

I enjoyed doing it and have decided to keep doing it. But I realize that the vast majority of the 500+ followers of my feed could probably care less about my kid's high school hockey program. Fair enough. And I also realize that the majority of the parents and fans of the team probably care even less about the other things I have on my personal feed when I'm not tweeting about hockey. Again, fair enough.

So I've created a new Twitter account just for Hamilton Huskies High School Hockey updates. Find it at http://twitter.com/HuskiesHockey and follow it if you like. I have to figure out how to get my Treo to update that as well, as my phone is currently slaved to my personal Twitter account. Unsure how to do that. Better call Ev and ask.

Thanks for hanging out as I played around with this idea. Sorry for all the tweets, but such is the nature of experimentation, right? I'll only post occasional hockey stuff now on my personal Twitter account. For as-it-happens info on Huskies Hockey, stay tuned to the new feed!

2 comments:

  1. Considering our past conversations it works as an idea and was a good experiement. That said I am very happy the play by play is off your feed. ;-)

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  2. I think most of those who follow my Twitter posts agree with your latter observation, Thomas.

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