Good for Johnny. I myself removed my personal Twitter account (I Keep one purely for Livefyre support), as well as my Facebook account.
Life's been much simpler without either!
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has made his best move this offseason — he’s pulled away from Twitter. The Heisman-winner makes headlines when he sits in high-dollar seats at sporting events, when he shoves a GA during a spring scrimmage, when he dons a temporary tattoo of rival Texas’ logo (“Somebody dared me to do it, and we thought it would be funny”).
He’s also made waves by tweeting to his more than 300,000 followers. No more. Manziel has told ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach that he’s trying to cut out any external distractions, including Twitter:
“I’ve kind of just shut it all off. With how the media has been with me for a while, I just shut everything off… It’s fun to have (a Twitter account), but it can get to be distracting at points. I’m surprised to (see) how the attention has continued through the offseason. I guess I thought it would die off and slow down a little bit, but it really hasn’t.”
Lesson #1 for Manziel: When you tweet, you are the media. You’ve taken your thoughts and disseminated them electronically to — with re-tweets — potentially millions of readers. So don’t say it’s about “how the media has been with me for a while.” The media may read and react to your Twitter comments just as your friends and followers do, but if you’ve posted the material that generates the response… that’s on you.
We don’t believe that much good can come of college athletes posting their thoughts on Twitter 24/7. We’ve written on a number of occasions that smart coaches would begin to limit or ban Twitter-usage and many have, especially during their particular seasons.
Johnny Football seems to be catching on to the fact that if you don’t want the world scrutinizing your every move, it’s probably best not to put out a string of 140-character press releases about your every move every day. And that sounds like a wise move to us.