Why is it that during major events such as the Super Bowl, social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are just absolutely popping off?
During yesterday’s big game, there was 27.6 million tweets using #SB51, while 64 million people posted on facebook about the Super Bowl. The twitter numbers are up from last year’s Super Bowl, but they were unable to eclipse the record of Super Bowl 49 where 28.4 million tweets were posted during the game. This could be explained by the fact that the first half of the game was pretty boring because it looked like the Falcons were going to blow out the Patriots, but the ending to the game made for one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time with New England mounting the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Patriots were also the winners of Super Bowl 49 so it doesn’t surprise me that the two biggest Twitter Super Bowls were during their victories since the Patriots fan base is objectively the most annoying fan base in all of professional sports. Everyone and their grandmother claims they’re die hard Patriots fans even if the only time they’ve been to Boston is to change planes in Logan airport. Needless to say I stayed off of twitter once the Patriots started their comeback…
It’s obviously much more than the Patriot’s bandwagon that creates the immense social media activity during the Super Bowl, but I’m still bitter about them winning so I needed to have that rant. In the age of the Internet, video streaming, and DVR capabilities there’s now rarely times where millions of people around the globe are watching some event live at the same time. Events like the Super Bowl, the Oscars, and the Presidential election are some of the times where millions of people are not only watching, but also have an opinion on the outcomes and want to share that opinion with everyone they know. When it comes to the Super Bowl you could essentially not be watching the game and know exactly what is going on due to the fact that every somewhat substantial moment in the game is documented on social media through tweets, memes and videos. In my eyes, this presents a lot of pros and cons. The positives of this are that football can be a slow moving game at times and you really could scroll through twitter as the game is going on and not miss any of the action while being entertained as to what people are saying about it. Social media posts also give people with little knowledge about football the ability to see what experts are saying about certain parts of the game when normally they wouldn’t be able to see explanations about what is happening in real time. My major grievance regarding the heavy twitter use during the Super Bowl comes from the fact that as a lover of the game of football it kind of makes me mad that during the biggest game of the year, so many people are glued to their phone for 3 hours. For example, during our Super Bowl party yesterday, my dear friend, and our handsome classmate, Ciaran Cleary was ripping through twitter like it was his job. Ciaran’s the epitome of a football guy, so it was interesting to me to observe he and my other friends perusing social media throughout the game. I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about whether Ciaran is more of a football guy or a twitter guy, so feel free to comment which one you think he is. Now don’t get me wrong Ciaran is my absolute boy and people forget that he’s the greatest club hockey player of all time, so I’m not trying to call him out I’m just saying I personally think that it kind of takes away from watching the greatness of the game with a big group of people when you’re on your phone the whole time.
I’m now trying to decide whether I should try to start beef with Ciaran through these blogs so you can also let me know if I should call him out in every blog.
When I saw the stats about the amount of people who use twitter during the game it made me think that there’s probably a lot of people who are trying to post funny pictures and memes in order to have that post that blows up and makes them famous on twitter for 24 hours. I really do think it’s awesome that we have a platform that can connect millions of people during a single entertainment event, but there are aspects of social media that make me think technology has made people so lame in that the fame some people desire is through their meme getting retweeted thousands of times. Go Falcons.