Twitter has added a new feature that allows you to plug in any unprotected Twitter handle and see that user's very first tweet. After first verifying that my own first tweet wasn't too embarrassingly stupid (don't worry, it was still plenty stupid), I decided to see what the South Carolina football players were up to on the day they signed up for the popular website known as twitter dot com.
Upon reviewing about twenty of the Gamecocks' first tweets, I noticed that almost all of them fell into one of a few distinct categories.
Vic Hampton was originally committed to Florida but eventually flipped to South Carolina, as you might have noticed from his three years of playing football for South Carolina. The Gators cooled on Victor after he made his pledge to sign with UF, and this tweet documents a certain amount of dramatic irony in that regard.
chillen at tha crib tryin to find out wats up wit florida— The BanDit (@victorhampton) August 31, 2009
Why is it so much snow out man... I hate the cold— Damiere Byrd (@LookIn_Da_Miere) February 6, 2010
Almost one year later, the Sicklerville, N.J. native made the decision to migrate 628 miles south.
Deleted My Old Account, Follow My New One
The most enduring curiosity of the modern student-athlete's use of Twitter is his bizarre insistence upon deleting his account and creating a new one. What madness could drive someone jettison a perfectly good twitter handle followed by thousands of people? Have they no regard for their #brand?
Even if one's Twitter account gets hacked as a result of clicking on a link in a direct message that promises to lead you to something as tantalizing as you will not BELIEVE somebody said about you in this blog, this is a setback that can be overcome with a simple password reset.
South Carolina football players take a different approach.
I'm back on— jadeveon clowney 7 (@clownejd) February 16, 2012
Got bored had to make another one lol I ain't gone delete this one..maybe— Marcus Lattimore (@MarcusLattimore) February 25, 2012
My twit got hacked. This is my new one so follow up.— Stephen Garcia (@itISwhatITisSG5) February 15, 2013
Y'all go follow my lil big Neph @bigdonell72 new page.....he had to create another one— Chris German (@coachg28) December 2, 2013
its been to long twitter.... feels good to be back #Reunited— Patrick Fish (@Fat_Pish18) November 29, 2011
Had to make me a new twitter follow ya boi— B.Shell 71 (@71Shellz) November 29, 2012
Back on twitter! Had to get my mind back on track!— Kyle Morini (@KM_USC41) August 3, 2012
Hello, Twitter. I'm eager to interact and slightly confused.
Swagg Just got on twitter, whts hatnen world— DJ Swearinger (@JungleBoi_Swagg) April 25, 2011
Tryin to get this twitter thing figured out ha— Shaq Roland (@Shaq4Roland) May 31, 2011
somebody help me with this twitter— Mike Davis (@Mike28davis) July 13, 2010
Ahhhhh. I'm Officially "tweeting" .. lol ;]] get at me— ™ (@FlexedUpMigo) December 20, 2009
Whats up twitter world— Alshon Jeffery (@AJJeffery1) February 10, 2011
WHATS GOOD TWITTER....YA BOY FINALLY HERE....GET AT ME...!!!— Chris culliver (@Cullyinthehouse) March 27, 2010
Hello world of Twitter. Thought it's about time i started sharing with you all the great things about K-State Basketball!!!— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) May 10, 2011
Can someone tell me how Twitter works— Blake McClain (@BDaBoss5050) June 15, 2013
Newww to Twitterr , Need Somee Helpp Workingg It Thoughh !— Kalan Ritchie (@KRitchie_85) December 17, 2011
The Official news feed form GamecocksOnline.com— Gamecock Athletics (@GamecocksOnline) January 24, 2009
just back from wake forest...back to work tomorrow!— Dylan Thompson (@DT_ONE_SEVEN) June 8, 2009
I love football!!!— Chaz Elder (@ChazElder_17) July 4, 2011
On my way to the airport, going down to Georgia tech, auburn, then ok state! #kicking— Elliott fry (@elliott_fry22) June 8, 2012
This is the real Bruce Ellington follow me!!!— Bruce Ellington (@BruceEllington) November 30, 2012
Bored af— Julio✊ (@ISTyshun) May 24, 2012
im feelin my self rite now.... fuck wit ya boy...— Melvin Ingram (@MelvinIngram) November 24, 2009
Chasin cheese hard— Stephen Garcia (@CheeseWheeler_1) February 1, 2012
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