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Nick Swisher is a social media superstar. And that’s good news for all of us.

Feb 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT


There’s a story over at the Wall Street Journal today about how Nick Swisher has enhanced his personal brand, as they say, and is on track to be a bigtime product endorsement dude because of his social media cachet (i.e. he Twitters real good):

Mr. Swisher is a good player but is not on a Cooperstown track. As celebrity endorsements move beyond the superstars, the mid-level player with personality and social-media savvy can reach endorsement and name-recognition levels that were once only the domain of the best of the best, said David Carter, author of the recent book, Money Games, and head of the USC Sports Business Institute.

Good for Swisher, because he seems like a neat guy. And because we West Virginia-raised, Ohio State attendees have to stick together. But really, the best part of this is the inevitable side effects.

Swisher and most of the other athletes who are on Twitter a lot are there because they want to be there. They’re extroverts and over-sharers who naturally gravitate to the medium for the same reasons all of us other deadenders who spend our days glued to social media do. But now that it’s being talked up as a bonafide path to endorsement deals, you just know that agents and handlers are going to push their athlete-clients into getting on the Twitter more and more as a business proposition.

I can’t wait for that to happen. Because the Nick Swishers of the world know the rules and the etiquette of it all and are thus predictable and, it must be said, a tad boring.  In contrast, as those who might otherwise avoid social media are forced into it, there will be all kinds of social stumbles, scandals and embarrassment. And that’s exactly the kind of thing we Twitter deadenders absolutely live for.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 8, 2011 at 2:03 PM


  2. bigxrob - Feb 8, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    I thought that twitter thing was for 12 year old girls and that Beeber kid

    • phukyouk - Feb 8, 2011 at 2:43 PM

      What’s a Beeber?

      • bigxrob - Feb 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM

        isn’t he that kid w/ the bad hair?

  3. Chris K - Feb 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Here’s hoping @TheGarfoose gets some endorsement dough. Now THAT’S a personality! Dirk deserves it.

  4. mattraw - Feb 8, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Unfortunately, it’ll probably just mean that a bunch of interns will spend their summers tweeting impersonal nonsense from the accounts of clients who don’t actually use social media.

    I “liked” Andre Ethier on Facebook last year and was treated to bi-weekly exhortations to help make Farmer John’s Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog the official hot dog of Los Angeles.

    • largebill - Jan 30, 2015 at 8:26 AM

      Exactly. It will be like politicians. Does anyone think senator so and so is running his own twitter account? The interesting one will be the minor leaguer who thinks every thought that pops in his head needs to be regurgitated on twitter.

  5. donbp - Feb 10, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Please do tell which of your editorial idiots think Swisher is the Yankee’s catcher? Does anybody on NBCSPORTS know anything about sports at all? Anything?

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