Social Media: The ‘Marmite’ of Modern Football


Ever since the introduction of Facebook and Twitter – social media has received a mixed bag of reactions from every man and his dog. Some love it, others hate it – and there is little inbetween. Football is just one prime example of this, and the impact of social media on it has been huge.

On the positive side – it’s an amazing platform to start things – look at this site for example, which was started as a Twitter page over 3 years ago! Word can be spread, and the interaction with our many followers has been one of the best bits of this whole process! The endless conversations had about all subjects with people all over the world has been brilliant – which has ended with us actually taking some on as writers or tipsters! Away from us, famous sports men and woman have accounts and can communicate with friends and fans alike, sharing their lives with us, giving us a glimpse of what it’s like to be in their shoes. Giveaway’s, competitions and more – there is so much going on, and it’s an easy way to keep upto date on all things Football, Sport and life in general!

On the flip side – there are those who take it to the opposite extreme – abusing others rights to have an opinion, berating footballers, fans and writers. Having been on both Facebook and Twitter for many years I have seen it all, and even been one to take a bit of flak off the odd unhappy follower. Imagine being a footballer and taking 1000’s of tweets from random people abusing you – simply for getting paid more than they do, or not playing so well…it’s a bit much!

I am a big believer in both Twitter and Facebook increasing rules and regulations on things like this – and even introducing stricter account opening processes – such as requiring a picture I.D – a passport or driving licence, so that anyone guilty of such offences mentioned above can be easily found and prosecuted! Tweets should certainly be vetted for offensive language, abuse or any of the other unmentionable things that often happen on social media.

Implementing such actions as stated above would also decrease the amount of false accounts, preventing people from buying thousands of followers to make their account look important and popular. It would also make those guilty of committing crimes weary of their actions, knowing that they would be much more likely to face the police for what has been done. I also think that should something similar to the above be done, more people would be open to joining in what is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people.

Although sports-people are very much open to the opinions of the public – it would also give them a little more protection from the abuse they receive, often on a daily basis. Yes, some might be deserving of it, but to a point. Berating a performance is one thing, but threatening them and giving strong-worded abuse is too far. The same goes for me and you – there is no need to abuse others for having an opinion, even if you think it’s wrong.

I love social media, and the ability it gives me and this site of finding new people every day – but there are far too many out there who take this privilege for granted, and use it in all the wrong ways. Obviously, as is the norm – it is a small minority that ruin it for the rest, but at a point where abuse is pushing people away from social media. We now live in an age where it’s all a bit too PC – offence is taken to pretty much everything now…but when you are hiding behind a keyboard it’s a lot easier to give it out, often when face to face a lot of things that are said online wouldn’t even dare be said!

Facebook isn’t so much the problem – it’s more Twitter than anything. Facebook is like the annoyingly catchy boy-band that everyone wouldn’t dare publically admit to liking, but still listens to on a regular basis.

Twitter is like marmite – you either love it, or hate it. Nothing inbetween.