Was It a Good Idea for Sandy Alderson to Join Twitter?

An article by posted on February 10, 2012

Update:

Sandy Alderson continued to make light of the Mets’ money problems on his new Twitter account Friday.

“Bought 4 like-new tires at chop shop across from Citi,” the Mets GM wrote. “He threw in free wiper fluid. Better than [Zach] Wheeler deal!”

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As alot of you know by now, GM Sandy Alderson has officially joined Twitter.

I was reading Matt Cerrone’s response to Alderson joining the Twittersphere this morning, and I wanted to write this in response to his comments about Alderson.

In Cerrone’s response, he stated the following.

I think this is great. I don’t know him well, but I’ve talked to him enough to know he has a great sense of who he is and the realities facing the Mets, he is mostly understanding of media, and he has a very funny, dry sense of humor. From what I can gather, I wouldn’t expect him to have a lot of one-on-one interaction with Mets fans at first, nor do I expect a lot of Tweeting. Instead, I expect him to pepper comments here and there, at moments when he feels it is warranted. And why not? I mean, if reporters and fans can use social media to frame him and the team negatively (sometimes fairly, sometimes not), then he and the team should use those same channels to respond.

Matt is right on with his statement regarding the amount of tweeting Alderson will probably be doing. I don’t expect him to tweet much because of the negativity that the Mets fans have with this front office right now. I don’t expect him to do 1-on-1 conversations with fans either – like you see with Justin Turner and R.A Dickey. If that were to happen, we know how that would end up.

In response to the general question of whether or not it was a smart idea for Sandy Alderson to start tweeting; I don’t know if I would say it was a good idea for Alderson to join Twitter, I think it was smart, but at the same time I do think that because he’s not going to tweet a lot, the question of whether it was a smart idea or not won’t matter much at all.

After giving his thoughts about the idea of Alderson tweeting, Cerrone gives advice to the Front Office on getting on Twitter.

My advice: Let different members of the Front Office jump on from time to time to write and answer fan questions. For instance, have Paul DePodesta jump on and talk about the farm system, etc… In this day and age, especially considering how disconnected and frustrated Mets fans are feeling, I think it would be nice for us to have this level of occasional communication with the people trying to make the situation better.

I don’t know if Matt is talking about Paul DePodeesta and other members of the Mets front office getting their own Twitter accounts, or by just tweeting from the official Mets account, but in either case I don’t necessarily think its a bad thing.  I personally think they would be better off without their own accounts for the sake of the negativity and trolling, but then again it would be interesting to see how they would respond to fan questions about the day-to-day operations of the front office, and how they go about things.

What do you think?

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