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Dan Retief: Are the Springboks Too Old to Play, and Too Risky for Twitter?

The Springboks and the Holy GrailIn two recent blog posts, Rugby journalist Dan Retief, author of The Springboks and the Holy Grail, looks into the PR disasters resulting from Springbok captains and other famous sportspersons taking to twitter to share their thoughts. One of Retief’s own tweets, based on another article he wrote, earned him a rap over the knuckles from Springbok captain John Smith, because Retief questioned whether or not the Springboks have the same level of desire to win as they had in 2007:

Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, apparently defined the truncated cell phone social medium as “a short burst of inconsequential information” and likened it to the ‘chirps from birds.”

Innocuous statements in less than 140 characters but as a newsman I have long been aware of the snares that await the unwary “tweeter.”

Recently for instance Stefan Terblanche was slapped with a hefty fine by Sanzar after breaking their code of conduct on Twitter during the Super Rugby campaign.

The windswept links of Sandwich are far removed from the craggy heights and green pastures of New Zealand – as far apart I suppose as Darren Clarke and John Smit.

Okay, you could say they share a body shape but you can hardly compare the sedate activities of a golf professional with those of a professional rugby player so you may well ask where this column is heading?

For once I’ll get there quickly. It goes to an answer I have given to a question I have been asked each time at the conclusion of speeches I have made recently with my book and the forthcoming World Cup as the subject.

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Funny Business Author Ronnie Apteker’s Funny Tweets

Funny BusinessRonnie Apteker, author of Funny Business: The Secrets of an Accidental Entrepreneur, keeps the funny tweets rolling in. It probably helps that he is spending a lot of time these days with comedians Riaad Moosa and Joey Rasdien on the set of Material: The Movie, of which he is the producer. We bring you a selection of the best one-liners from his Twitter account:


“I am neither for nor against apathy.”less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

“They told me I was gullible and I believed them.”less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

“I had amnesia once — or twice.”less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

I am not shaving because of lent … Yes, I lent a mate a 1000 bucks … and I will shave when he pays me backless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

I was just asked: and how do you feel ? And I answered: I think I feel good – that is what I have been told.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

We all need a good balance in life … between the brandy and the cokeless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

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Herschelle Gibbs Giving it All Away – On Twitter!

To the PointYesterday morning, cricketer Herschelle Gibbs delighted his nearly 20 000 followers on Twitter by announcing that he would be giving away quite a lot of his sporting memorabilia – which some consider to be priceless – tweet by tweet.

Why was he doing this? Gibbs, who is always very much “to the point” when he speaks, had the answer at his fingertips:

Incase u peeps ask why I giv away stuff,the only thing I wanted was a wcup winners medal and that’s not gonna happen,so ill give wats left kless than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

The sportsman’s missing out on the upcoming Cricket World Cup, so he’s happy to give away items from what he considers to be moments of lesser significance in the sporting arena to his fans – including a gift that might be considered the biggest piece of one-day memorabilia of all:

Goin to throw u another one peeps,next week I’m giving away my 175 man of match medal vs aus in 438 game! Stay tuned for details pls…less than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

TimesLIVE has more:

Gibbs, who mutually terminated his contract with Cricket SA last year, after making revelations about the local game in his autobiography To The Point, promised his more than 19000 followers gifts if they gave him correct answers to questions he had tweeted.

He tweeted yesterday: “OK morn(ing) peeps, just as a small thank u from me, my 20000th follower will receive my last Proteas shirt I will prob(ably) ever wear, Oakleys (sunglasses) and a cap.”

But when people already following him complained that it was unfair, he thought of another way to give away his belongings. He said if he could he would give all his followers a shirt, “but there will be one lucky person… unfort(unately) there’s only one Oprah, folks”.

…and so does Gibbs:

Can’t understand wat the fuss is about me giving stuff away,given plenty over 20yrs just my last 2 protea shirts left and that’s it.big dealless than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

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2nd Excerpt from Herschelle Gibbs’ To the Point – PLUS Video Interview, Win a Copy of the Book and the Public’s Reaction So Far

To the PointWith the release, yesterday, of Herschelle Gibbs’ tell-all autobiography, The the Point, the cricketer has – quite understandably – been at the centre of a media storm. Here we present the best of the post-release coverage, starting with a competition to WIN a copy of the book:

Next, a fresh excerpt from the book?

The Proteas were to tour the West Indies for the first time in 2001. Although the Proteas had played a few ODIs and one Test in the West Indies in 1992, this was the first full-blown South African cricket tour to the islands. You could say that it was a fairly big deal.

Shaun Pollock was the Proteas captain, and when we got to Antigua for the fourth Test, we were leading the series 1-0, with two to play. By the fourth day of the Test, it was already clear that we were going to win the match and, therefore, the series. We just needed a few wickets on the last day, and that would be it – we would have beaten the West Indies in their own backyard.

So, sitting in the changing room at the end of that fourth day, enjoying a few beers with the guys, I suggested that perhaps it might be fun – not to mention highly appropriate – for us to celebrate the sheer momentousness of the occasion by partaking of the local herb.

Gibbs sat down for an interview with Zoopy TV; catch his thoughts about releasing the book and looking back on his international career:

The reaction from Gibbs’ fellow cricketers and the public at large has swung wildly between condemnation and support. Here are some tweets that have got everyone talking:

I’m all for being aggressive when selling books but this stunt by Gibbs is costing him my respect after such a decorated career.less than a minute ago via Mobile Web

Gibbs is still welcome in the team: Smith than a minute ago via twitterfeed

Daryll Cullinan is enraged with Herschelle Gibbs for claiming that he leaked the story of a… than a minute ago via Google

“Dravid panicked in IPL final”: Herschelle Gibbs in his autobiography,claimed that Rahul Dravid panicked in the fi… than a minute ago via twitterfeed

@reggienel can I borrow the book #Gibbs?less than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

Do you need a team member like Gibbs? Ja,he’s honest but man,such revelations. Yes, might agree that Smith looks too controlling.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

RT @TankLanning: Gibbs causing carnage … The Cullinan response –, And Colin Bryden castigates: than a minute ago via TweetDeck

“drinking, drugs and sexual antics on cricket tours…” Sounds like a must-read! “@News24: Gibbs: I’ve been very open than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

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