Tweet like a man: UGA coach Mark Richt boasts popular Twitter account (and you can follow him)

Mark Richt can be all thumbs on his new Twitter account. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Mark Richt can be all thumbs on his new Twitter account. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

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).

33 comments Add your comment

Coondawg69

March 27th, 2009
10:20 am

Wow. I would like to think that a Coach who is not the defending champion in his own state wouldn’t have the time to tweet. Maybe he should text all of his players every hour…. 49-10!!!

DawgGirl32

March 27th, 2009
10:28 am

I think it’s wonderful that he’s connecting with his fanbase this way. Reading his tweets make me even more excited about football season. We are blessed to have such a great and apparently tech saavy coach. :)

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MegaT

March 27th, 2009
10:47 am

Isn’t this Tweet!

The Red and Black

March 27th, 2009
10:53 am

[...] Mark Richt has joined the craze — the face of Georgia football has a Twitter. [...]

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 27th, 2009
10:54 am

I can’t wait for the next article on what kind of toilet paper CMR uses.

Crimedog

March 27th, 2009
11:01 am

Richt’s players can twitter Richt for fast legal assistance when they are arrested.

Joe

March 27th, 2009
11:07 am

I hear that Joe Paterno just purchased a phonograph!

Uh,

March 27th, 2009
11:08 am

Mo' news

March 27th, 2009
11:10 am

Maybe this gives the opportunity to communicate with the bulk of his players while they are incarcerated.

hawks fan

March 27th, 2009
11:43 am

I do believe there are bigger sports stories going on right now like the hawks playing the celtics and getting ready for the playoffs. Leave it to the AJC to have the main sports headline be CMR tweeting. Lame.

GeoffDawg

March 27th, 2009
11:54 am

lol at the tech jealousy. It’s fun to know that it eats them alive.

The Sham

March 27th, 2009
12:22 pm

I’m a dawg to the bone, but nothing is sadder that all this jock sniffing! Or coach’s short sniffing in this case…

Well maybe there is – Techies weighing in on it. What are you doing obsessing about what our coach is doing?

JDawg

March 27th, 2009
12:53 pm

You guys are right, it’s ridiculous that anyone reads their favorite coach’s online updates during the first organized practice session of the preseason… They should find something productive to do, like posting to the “Comments” section of a filler story on AJC.com.

GeoffDawg

March 27th, 2009
1:14 pm

In any case, I think it’s cool that CMR is a fan of Lost. I wonder what his take is on the four toed statue.

HaHa

March 27th, 2009
1:29 pm

This. Is. Super. Lame. Richt is a fairy. And his players are soft.

Cuz

March 27th, 2009
1:58 pm

I was always more of a Sylvester fan.

Too Easy

March 27th, 2009
2:12 pm

I tought I taw dat about you, Cuz.

Brandon

March 27th, 2009
3:02 pm

Tech fans, How many times has GT beat UGA in the past 8 years? 1 time! HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHA

swgaboy

March 27th, 2009
3:02 pm

Posts from Tech fans about “toilet paper” and “crap?” I guess one could read between the lines as to what they are really all about.

Dawgenvy

March 27th, 2009
3:07 pm

Jeez, talk about dawgenvy—
Technutts, hang out in ur own section plz. You all look so immature harassing our coach just because you’ve been owned for the last 10 years.
Winning is great (like you did this year) but don’t play the game if you can’t take losing, and the only reason you harass anything about the Dawg Nation is because you’ve been spanked for the last 10 years.
Grow Up.

dd

March 27th, 2009
4:21 pm

GT & all SEC schools except UGA have ugly women!!

TrboDawg

March 27th, 2009
5:55 pm

All Hail the power of the press! CMR’s twitter count is up to 1,105.

jj

March 27th, 2009
10:38 pm

nothing against Richt, but Twitter is just freakin’ stupid.

UGA Alumni

March 28th, 2009
9:03 am

Pete Carrol is tweeting a campaign to get Will Ferrl on Twitter. Just looked at his record and he is doing something right in LA. Frivolous Florida fanatics, go back to your word processors and jean shorts.

null

March 28th, 2009
11:26 am

He still sucks as a coach.

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k

March 28th, 2009
2:24 pm

Twitter is stupid. Facebook is stupid. Myspace is stupid. And to all you suckers that use it – you’re stupid too. goodnight!

NotGTbut hateUGAg2

March 28th, 2009
2:26 pm

No GT fan here but they aren’t the only ones who have good reason to look down their noses at you all. Grow up and find some personal, individual identity from a source other than your soft football team. Richt’s days are numbered with that new coach Tech has. Look towards the future.

wreckmaniac

March 28th, 2009
4:42 pm

Wow, such news. I realize AJC has to devote half of its space to UGA
football news but isn’t this a bit of a stretch. Gee, what would AJC do if UGA actually won anything ? Start a new paper ?

OldTimer

March 28th, 2009
6:49 pm

Richt is a pansy.

Reality Check....

March 30th, 2009
3:20 pm

Tech Fans, NotGTbut hateUGAg, and Ramble On needs a reality check….

lynn

April 19th, 2009
11:46 am