February 21, 2009
If you're not that into the social networking scene outside of Facebook or Myspace, you may not know about Twitter, a text-based posting system that allows users to type a message up to 140 characters. Picture your Facebook status, but on a grander scale, and minus all that poking.
Everyone has his or her own way of using Twitter. Some users "tweet" links their own individual blogs or news items, while others seem to just enjoy looking at all the words they've typed on a topic.
Twitter has been gaining steam in the past year, with businesses and even celebrities hopping on board to voice their thoughts and opinions to the world. Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Nash, and Lance Armstrong, are some athletes who send out "tweets" on a daily basis. You may remember Alexander Ovechkin "tweeting" during the NHL All-Star Game and even letting his followers know about his upcoming dinner with Ilya Kovalchuk and Evgeni Malkin the night of the Skills Competition.
One hockey person who's jumped aboard the Twitter bandwagon is Toronto Maple Leafs general manager "Brian Burke", who has given his followers some insight into the thinking of a hockey executive. "Burke" is brutally honest on Twitter just as he is in interviews.
Take for example his feelings the man he replaced in Toronto, John Ferguson, Jr.:
No, seriously, was the last full-time GM retarded or something?
Or his community service at the expense of a Toronto homer:
Got stuck behind Damien Cox at the bank machine. In case you're wondering, his PIN is '1967'.
"Burke" also touches on his dealings with the media about trade rumors:
Ran into Eklund last night. He kept grilling me about trades and rumors. Finally I just paid him for the pizza and slammed the door.
Want a little insight into his thought process as the trade deadline looms?
The only untouchable on this roster is Mike Van Ryn. Because if you touch him, he goes on the injured list.
@BryanMurray: Next time you want to trade a first round pick for a bag of crap, give me a call. I have several bags available.
And finally, much like the New York Knicks, "Brian Burke" is really looking forward to the summer of 2010.
Really looking forward to the Blue Jackets coming to town. We can show Rick Nash where his locker will be in 2010.
UPDATE (2/23/09, 2:40 p.m. EST:) We imagine this post is going to get quite a traffic boost today after Dwayne Klessel attempted to use it as an example of a journalist taking the "Burke" Twitter feed for real. As you can see, the original post had quotes around "Burke's" name everywhere it was mentioned, including the headline. Those quotation marks were missing when "Eklund" quoted a section of this post on his HockeyBuzz site today. We also figured that clicking on the Twitter feed and seeing "Bio: Yes, it's a parody" staring you straight in the face would confirm this was, in fact, "Brian Burke" and not Brian Burke.