If you aren’t on Twitter and play fantasy basketball you are flat our missing out. Now I know that much like I do, we all value our own opinions more than we do the opinions of others. The thing that Twitter provides me over all else is other people’s opinions without going through the trouble of asking for them. No one wants to be the guy always asking for opinions, so by following people that are always talking fantasy basketball, you can usually get your questions answered by just reading.
I am going to go step-by-step (hopefully with the accompaniment of Suzanne Summers) through how to get a good start as a Fantasy Basketball Twitter user, and then I will give you a list of great Fake Basketball beginner follows.
1. Sign up for a Twitter account and follow as many people as you can that discuss fantasy basketball. At the bottom of the page I’ll give you some great follows to get you started in the Twitter Fantasy Basketball world.
2. Download a Twitter Application like TweetDeck or Seesmic. There are hundreds of applications out there that improve the Twitter experience, but TweetDeck is by far my favorite because of the columns interface. You can organize the people you follow into specific lists for example: I have one list for fantasy basketball and another for fantasy football. This allows you to be reading the tweets you need depending on the season.
3. Be someone people want to follow. The easiest way to do this is to share what you enjoy or appreciate on Twitter by Retweeting or Quoting. When you find a tweet useful, chances are the people that follow you will as well. Tweet your observations as well, I know when I am running the @FakeBasketball Twitter account, I am always looking for interesting takes from our readers to Retweet to the audience.
4. Be a courteous Twitter user. Following people back that follow you is just the tip of the iceberg. This is a common courtesy that some follow and some don’t. If you use Tweetdeck like I suggested, you can easily hide people who you don’t want to see updates from or put them in appropriate lists. Answering tweets to you is the next step. I try to answer all of my tweets, but I tend to not answer ones that are tagged with 5 other Twitter handles. These seem like polls to me, if you actually want my opinion, ask for it and you’ll get it, but I don’t want to be answering the same question as 7 other people who are probably giving a very similar answer.
5. Don’t follow players. They rarely tweet anything useful and when they do, it is usually retweeted by 75 other people in your timeline anyway. The only thing more useless than following players is following celebrities. Yes, I am looking at you Snooki. Quit trying to sell me your new line of perfume!
6. Follow Fake Team’s Mike S Gallagher. I’ll give you a longer list with some more people, but Gallagher is the go to guy for breakout candidates and waiver wire scoops on Twitter. Sometimes I feel like he is reading my mind with his tweets and is just much quicker than I am. Mike also does a great Pick n’ Roll podcast that I recommend for fantasy basketball fans of all kinds.
Joining the Fantasy Basketball community is not about getting followers, but interacting with some of the great minds in the business. There are a lot of tactics you can use to gain followers, but I don’t consider myself a Twitter expert, so I won’t even try. Here is your beginner’s pack of fantasy basketball must follows that I will continually add to:
Steve Alexander – He’s the only fantasy basketball Doctor, that’s all you need to know
Mike S Gallagher – He lives on the waiver wire
Aaron Bruski – Great during games follow, always provides great insight
Adam Levitan – Rotations are the depth chart in fantasy basketball, Adam knows them inside and out
Scott Redick – Even though I’m sure your tired of reading what I’ve had to say by now
Mike Baum – Great new mind in fantasy sports
HecmanHoops – He wants you to win.
Chris Co – He writes our SharkTank everyday and is the best at picking between studs
Tommy Beer – Hoopsworlds resident fantasy expert
Chet G – Provides daily EFF against stats that are great for tough descisions
Doctor X – Writes 5 Good Nights, 5 Bad Nights, Every Night
FantasyTrade411 – Watch and Learn
Rotoworld NBA – The Leader
FakeBasketball – Great for updates