Jamie Butow

Monday, Apr 29 2013 04:07 PM

JAMIE BUTOW: News and notes on Jason Collins, Disneyland and Twitter fraud

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    Washington Wizards center Jason Collins warms up before their game against the New Orleans Hornets at the Verizon Center on March 15, 2013. Collins became the first openly gay male athlete in a major U.S. sport when he came out in a cover story in this week's Sports Illustrated magazine.

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By Jamie Butow

Social media spiked Monday morning as the latest edition of Sports Illustrated hit the web.

In it, long-time NBA player Jason Collins announced he's gay.

Is this news? Honestly, in 2013 it shouldn't be. But given the fact he's the first male athlete in a major sport to come out, it is news.

I'm sure this was a difficult decision for him. He knows the backlash, the hate, and the scorn he could face.

He writes, "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand."

He was met with an outpouring of support.

Lakers star Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) tweeted: "Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU"

Actor Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock): "Being real & authentic is very powerful. Well done Jason Collins for having the courage to take a monumental step forward. #LiveReal"

Other tweets came from Former President Bill Clinton, talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, and many others.

Locally on Facebook.com/BakersfieldCalifornian the overwhelming response was "Who cares?"

Disney

I'm not 100 percent sure how I feel about this next tidbit.

On one hand, it's social media being used to help spread information of interest. On the other hand, should we be on Twitter when we're supposed to be enjoying quality time with our families?

If you're planning to visit Disney Parks this summer, jump on their Twitter feeds to help make navigating the parks easier.

The official feed for Disneyland guests is @disneylandtoday, and it's @dcatoday for guests of Disney California Adventure. They both focus attention on what is going on in the parks throughout the day.

Monday morning @disneylandtoday tweeted "Looks like someone has a case of the Mondays. Stop by and give Eeyore a hug in Critter Country until 5pm!"

This is handy if you're looking for a photo op with Disney characters. Reminders about shows are also sent out, as well as wait times on popular rides.

I try to stay off my phone when we go to places like that (I bring it because it doubles as my camera these days), but it looks like some useful information if you're trucking around Disneyland this summer.

Fake Twitter followers

There's a lot of buzz about companies buying fake Twitter followers since some researchers brought the whole issue to light last month.

Now Technorati.com is noting the follow-up study that points the finger at some big names.

Pepsi, Mercedes-Benz and Louis Vuitton were found to have huge increases in followers in a single day. The same was noted for some celebrities including 50 Cent and Diddy.

Diddy was found to have grown his Twitter following by 185,000 on a single day; that's a 3,000 percent increase.

My Momma Said ...

As a mom myself, I can personally attest to the fact that mom always gives the best advice.

I know you're all nodding your head in agreement.

We had more than two dozen entries in the My Momma Said ... contest and they are now online awaiting your votes.

The winning nominee and nominator each win a $250 gift certificate to In Your Wildest Dreams and a $250 gift certificate to use at E Aveda Salon Spa. That's $500 in prizes for each person.

View each entry and vote now through May 8 at Bakersfield.com/contests.

Jamie Butow is the community engagement coordinator for The Bakersfield.com Network. Email her at JButow@bakersfield.com. Follow her at Facebook.com/JamieButow2, and on Twitter@JamieButow.

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