An Appreciation of Shaqness

February 25, 2009

I officially became a Twitter-guy in early January for one reason and one reason alone. That is, to follow Shaquille O’Neal, or as he is known on Twitter, The_Real_Shaq. I use the word “follow” with a certain amount of reservation. I think “become friends with” is a more appropriate way to describe what I ideally wanted out of the situation. I didn’t specifically know what to expect out of a Twitter-happy N.B.A legend, but there was buzz, and I wanted in.

I can safely say I am thoroughly impressed with the mutually beneficial relationship that The Diesel and I have developed via Twitter. I get to keep up with Shaq’s whereabouts (Alcatraz, The LeBron James Party, the diner), and he gets to have the honor of a follower that goes by the alias EyBaumerAlright. The way I see it is a win-win situation for both parties involved.

For the record, Shaq has 169,409 followers but only follows 407 users — the lucky few include teammates Steve Nash, Lance Armstrong, and the Phoenix Suns stats guy. Maybe if this BeingBaumbastic post finds its way to Shaq, I could become #408.
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