Friend or Foe of Student-Athletes?

Social Media has certainly taken over when it comes to letting the outside
world inside your life. First it was Facebook and now Twitter, SnapChat
and Instagram that seem to be the top websites in our universe. With just
one click of the mouse I can see the latest news on the New York Yankees or
my East Carolina Pirates. I can also see up to the minute reporting of local,
region, national and worldwide events. Within minutes, I know when something
good or bad has happened in the world.

I also notice both the positive and the negative social media use by local students.
Nothing sticks out more than when I see someone’s twitter account
filled with posts that were not very well thought out. These accounts can leave
a first impression that is so hard to ever get past.

I want to share some very important advice for students on Twitter and other
Social Media Sites. These tips are designed to allow Social Media to be your
best friend and keep it from being your biggest foe.

I speak to college coaches and administrators throughout the year and one
prevailing message I hear is how they regularly look at recruits Social Media
usage. There isn’t a coach in America that hasn’t dropped a recruit at one time
or another because of things posted online. In fact, it happens quite regularly.

Tripp’s Tips For Social Media:

Be smart, do you really want to use foul language in front of the world?

Do you really want to post that photo of you showing your middle finger to
the camera?

Twitter has around 300 million+ active users, Facebook has over 1 billion,
that’s a lot of people outside your neighborhood that can form a real quick
opinion about you

After typing a post ask yourself: “Would it be ok to say this in front of my
parents, my grandmother, or a current or future coach?” If the answer is
no, don’t post it.

Take pride in who you represent, don’t embarrass your school, your family
or yourself with immature posts.

Don’t use foul language, don’t ReTweet foul language, and don’t try to abbreviate
dirty words.

Don’t try to be cute or even dirty with your Facebook or Twitter names.

I used a lot of “don’ts” up above, now for a few things that I encourage all students
to do with social media.

Use Twitter as your own personal resume, share all the positives in your

If you are mature enough to follow the Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media,
then follow the coaches and schools that you are most interested in. Learn
about their programs and let them learn about you.

Use proper spelling, take advantage of the 140 characters Twitter provides.

How can you use Twitter to help the South Charlotte Sports Report?

Please follow us on Twitter @SCSportsReport. Once you have followed us,
please tweet us with any good news you have to share? Did you make your
college commitment? Are you down to 5 finalists? Did you get named all-conference?
Did you record a 4.5 grade point average and play three sports? Let
us know, I have a lot of contacts that I want to share your news with. Please
take the time to follow me and please, be smart about how you use social media.
It can be your friend or it can be your foe, your choice. I LOVE to share
your positive news, just Tweet me!

Tripp Roakes
South Charlotte Sports Report