April 12, 2013
As I've disclosed in this blog previously I listen to Mariner games usually, rather than watching, for a variety of reasons. I've been getting my baseball fix in this fashion for the last 3 seasons. So my perspective on the game may be a bit different from someone who is viewing the game, as I rely on the ability of the broadcasters to describe what is going on.
What I've noticed new this season, so far, is the amount of time the broadcasters spend telling me what is being 'tweeted' about the game. Now the way I understand Twitter (which is to say, barely ), is that it's like Facebook or any other web based application. That means someone is making a comment no more than 140 characters long. Or about as many characters as there are in the words I italicized.
And others can read those comments. And those comments are about a game they are all watching. Because of the character limit Twitter forces its users to be succinct and taciturn. Terse perhaps.
So here's what's puzzling to me; the announcers are strictly radio. The Mariners have another pair of announcers doing the game on TV. So why are radio announcers talking about Twittered comments from people watching the game on TV? Am I listening to the game to find out what some other fan, who's watching, thinks about what just happened? More to the point, do I even care?
I find it all a bit confusing. Not the concept of Twitter nor the concept of trying to engage people in using social media to create an interactive experience or event. What I don't get is the idea that someone on the radio would be telling someone listening to the radio what people watching the same game on TV are talking about.
Maybe I need a twentysomething to explain it to me. As long as they don't use Twitter.
Now get out there and take one for the team!