January 27, 2010 was a big day. So big, in fact, that I can’t limit my “tweet of the day” to just one tweet.Therefore, I’ve picked a few key tweets that encapsulate the biggest moments of today (at least in my world).
Apple announces their tablet device, the iPad:
I must get the iPad just so that I can enjoy the MLB.com iPad App. That app will change the live sports watching experience forever.
Coincidentally, Richard Ting, @flytip, works with R/GA,winner of yesterday’s Tweet of the Day. I promise, no collusion. I actually was not following him prior to today, but saw this re-tweeted. Of the multitude of tweets on the iPad announcement today, this is one that stuck out most to me. I’m fairly addicted to the current iPhone/Touch app, MLB At Bat, as I blogged about previously. But as Richard mentioned, there will be an upgraded version specifically for the iPad screen that MLB is already promoting for the 2010 season on MLB.com:
Chad Evans, director of mobile product development for MLB Advanced Media, gave the demo for MLB.com before Jobs returned to the stage.
“We were incredibly excited to build something for the iPad, and we realized we couldn’t just take our existing iPhone app and make it bigger,” Evans said. “We really needed to create a whole new experience to take advantage of the big, gorgeous interactive screen on the device.”
He went through several screen displays showing how the content will look, including users’ ability to touch players for details, bells and whistles, and to access data pertinent to game situations.
“With all this great screen space we can now let you watch video highlights while all this is going on so you can replay the game’ best moments,” Evans said. “The first thing you notice is baseball is amazing on this screen, and now we’ve enhanced it.”
The MLB app will be a game-changer in the consumption of digital sports media, and I have no doubt that the iPad will usher in more media game-changers – just like the iPhone and Touch did in the mobile games industry.
Howard Zinn, American historian, civil rights activist and author of A People’s History of the United States, passed away:
For me as for many others, “A People’s History…” opened my eyes. RIP Howard Zinn
Another re-tweet, this one from my friend and co-worker, Matt Rodriguez. Simply stated, Zinn’s life and work has had a tremendous effect on countless students of history and politics. I think I will crack open that copy of A People’s History… that’s been collecting dust for the last couple years.
Andre Dawson, “The Hawk,” goes into the Hall of Fame as an Expo:
@TheCubsInHaiku An Expos’s hat, huh?! / It just shows the MLB / doesn’t know ska-wat! #Cubs
Well, not the MLB, but the Hall of Fame officials. On January 6, Cubs fans around the world were thrilled with the news that Andre Dawson, a hero to many Cubs fans in the late-80s (including myself!) was finally elected to the Hall of Fame. The hosts of Cubscast, a Cubs podcast, had organized a #Dawson4theHall campaign on Twitter that surely had an effect on the Hall of Fame voting outcome. However, controversy ensued over whether the Hall would induct Dawson wearing a hat in his HOF plaque representing the Chicago Cubs or the Montreal Expos, the team he spent most of his career with (1976-86), but which also no longer exists (the franchise has since become the Washington Nationals). Dawson won the National League MVP award in 1987, his first year with the Cubs. Dawson himself said at this year’s Cubs Convention that if it were up to him, he would wear a Cubs cap – for the fans. But ultimately it was not up to Dawson, but the Hall of Fame committee, and today The Hawk goes in as an Expo. Though excited that another of my all-time favorite players is now a Hall of Famer (the other being Ryne Sandberg), I am definitely disappointed that Dawson won’t be represented as a Cub.
[Dawson] told WMVP-AM, the ESPN Radio affiliate in Chicago, that he wanted an opportunity to give his opinion to Hall of Fame officials.
“I wanted to tell them what really catapulted me to Hall of Fame status and pretty much what my preference was, but I think their decision had been made. It was a little gut-wrenching for me to hear that, but it’s their decision,” Dawson said.
“I’m disappointed. I can proudly say that because Chicago was my preference,” he added.
President Obama also gave his State of the Union address tonight, but I haven’t had a chance to catch up on the tweets from it yet. I briefly heard him mention his intent to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, so I’ll be looking specifically for Twitter conversation on that topic. Maybe tomorrow…