World Cup Players Not Allowed to Tweet
The activity on the web around the World Cup is incredible. The subject is a top trender on Twitter, and if you look through your Facebook status updates this morning you'll see a lot of "can't wait for the US/England game at 3pm EST."
Basically, the world has gone football (read: soccer) crazy.
With social media, events like this bring the world closer together, especially as players, coaches and insiders can create content of their own that we, as fans, can have access to. Social media will give us an inside look into the games.
Well, at least we thought it would. Mashable is reporting that World Cup players tweeting (or any other social-like web activity) has been banned.
In previous years, things like sex and booze has been banned. Coaches want their players to be crisp and ready to play, with little distractions. Those distractions, apparently, include the social web.
As Mashable reported, players from Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Holland, Germany, Argentina and England are forbidden to use social services such as Twitter. One coach, Marcelo Bielsa of Chile, banned all social networking and even put a curfew on regular or non-social Internet use during the evening.
These bans are similar to those put in place by professional sporting leagues, including the NFL and NBA. NFLers are banned from using social media during all games and for a 90-minute period prior to and following a game. Additionally, players are not allowed to have someone else post an update or tweet on their behalf.
What do you think? Wouldn't the ability of players (World Cup and pros alike), be interesting if they could provide us with an inside look at these events via Tweeting, pics, videos? Or are these just distractions for players who have a job to do?