Add Georgia Bulldogs coach Mark Richt to the growing number of popular sports figures who’ve joined Twitter Nation.
If you’re hip to Twitter, maybe you’re already following Coach Richt, who goes by the screen name MarkRicht and boasts a healthy 612 followers at present — a number certain to rise as more UGA fans log on to the popular social network, which offers mini updates from its vast array of users anytime, anywhere. In essence, fans can tag along with the coach through his days, getting real-time insights — and some laughs — from, well, the source’s mouth.
A sampling of Coach Richt’s most recent Tweets:
— Practice #6 is in the books. The 2009 Spring Coaches Clinic is underway.
— We had a great practice yesterday the team’s attitude was great and the intensity level was off the charts!!! 167 days…
— Practice #3 in the books, tomorrow is the first scrimmage of spring and the team is working hard and practicing with a great tempo.
— Pretty cool to hear a character on Lost was wearing a UGA Sweatshirt tonight.
— Today I am having lunch with Tony Dungy. He will also visit with the team today before practice #2
With a strict 140-character limit, Twitterers must keep their “tweets” short and sweet. Internet addresses must be compressed into “tiny URLs.” It’s definitely a get-to-the-point medium.
Twitter’s nothing new among the online crowd but more and more sports figures are using the application as a way to communicate to their fans. Some other big-name sports Twitterers include Southern Cal coach Pete Carroll (PeteCarroll), Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O’Neal (THE—REAL—SHAQ), seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong (lancearmstrong) and Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (therealmattryan).
BECOME PART OF TWITTER NATION YOURSELF (IT’S EASY, PLUS FREE)
Want to get the latest updates from Coach Mark Richt, AJC Recruiting expert Michael Carvell and the AJC Recruiting staff via your computer or mobile device? Twitter makes it easy.
• Go to Twitter.com and set up a free account.
• Set up a profile. In “Settings,” you can configure Twitter to post messages to your mobile phone or PDA under “Devices.”
• To post URLs, you’ll need to unfortunately go outside of Twitter. That’s not hard. URL compression websites let you paste in a full URL, have it compressed, then copy and paste the tiny URL back in Twitter. (Note to Twitter: You should fix this so users don’t have to do so much work.) Here are two good sites: is.gd URL shortener and TinyURL
• Now start finding people to follow. On Twitter, once you start following someone they’ll likely follow you as well, which is how the social network builds. We’ll start you off with some instant friends to follow — UGA’s Mark Richt (MarkRicht), AJC recruiting expert Michael Carvell (mcarvellajc) and the AJC Recruiting staff (ajcrecruiting).