Final Conclusion

Some aspects to the scrapbook that I found especially interesting is that there are a select few players who only post about their personal lives on their accounts these players do not bother to put any postings about their sport or team. Another thing I came across was that some players will only post and re post during the baseball season. Most MLB players are available on twitter all year to keep their promotions and fans updated but this is not the case in rare situations. Some California players are completely silent on twitter during the off season leaving fans to wonder where they went. Finally, another incident I found was that there are times when team accounts and players support other teams which are rare in the competitive world of sports.

Something especially strange is that Twitter verification gives the MLB and its players the privilege of having a greater impact on the twitter community to what is important for the sport and proves the limitations to the principle that all individuals are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities. Every individual present on twitter and social media is meant to have an impact and are left open to criticism. Twitter is meant for equal freedom to share opinions, criticism, and expression. The argument can be made that everyone on twitter is equal and impactful through their opinions of social media but because of the assumptions about verifications and the status that they imply equality does not exist in this situation.

Another part of the scrapbook I found especially controversial involving Twitter as a social media platform for the MLB is the event that occurred through the official Twitter account for the San Francisco Giants baseball team who posted an update about one of the team’s game. The team account tried to symbolize this by adding three Ks to the opposing player’s name, which is what is used in scorekeeping to stand for a strike out. The tweet proved to be offensive to the twitter community as it seemed to refer to the Ku Klux Klan and a disrespectful word about the Jewish community. As far as I can see, the team thought of twitter as another quick way to update fans on the events of a game. It expected those who would see the tweet to understand baseball and had not thought about outside perspectives that did not pertain to baseball. Those who followed the account and the accounts of those who shared the tweet did not think about only baseball when seeing the tweet. They saw the three Ks together and a word that they recognized as offensive. Many times in the Twitter culture people are thought to put “hidden” meanings in their tweets, such as the culture of “indirect tweeting”.

Like many people in the Twitter world I felt that being a verified account was a form of status and not just a way for the company to verify someone’s account is ran by them. Twitter is filled with different media ideologies where some people view tweets as serious opinions while others few the posts as meaningless rants or words. The MLB Twitter world is more complex in the way that teams and players must promote and represent themselves while be respectful and aware of other ideologies given that the seem to have a uncontrollable higher status after being verified accounts.