The Twitter Power Grid

We asked a a group of athletes about their habits and experience on Twitter. Here's how they responded.

The Cast
How often do you check Twitter?
  • FOSTER

    Two or three times a day.

  • MORGAN

    Between five and 10 times a day.

  • PHILLIPS

    All the time.

  • DUDLEY

    Hourly basis. It's like CNN on steroids.

  • MANGOLD

    Four to five times a day.

  • KIM

    Ten times a day. Minimum.

  • FRANCIS

    Every 10 or 15 minutes.

Who introduced you to Twitter?
  • FOSTER

    My business manager, Humble Lukanga.

  • MORGAN

    I honestly don't remember but I think it was one of my college friends.

  • PHILLIPS

    My sister and Chad [Ochocinco] Johnson.

  • DUDLEY

    Jason Richardson. Shaq is the one who made me think about it and J-Rich is the one who was like, "Yeah, this is what it's about."

  • MANGOLD

    My marketing guy, Russ Spielman.

  • KIM

    (LPGA player) Morgan Pressel.

  • FRANCIS

    I was introduced to Twitter in 2009 by my friend, Dee Redd.

Three people you follow in your sport?
Three people you wouldn't think I follow?
Wish this person were on Twitter?
  • FOSTER

    My pops.

  • MORGAN

    My best friend Kayla Cook, who recently moved to Japan.

  • PHILLIPS

    OutKast.

  • DUDLEY

    Kobe Bryant.

  • MANGOLD

    Rex Ryan.

  • KIM

    Matt Kuchar. Because every tweet would come with a smile.

  • FRANCIS

    I wish Jay-Z and Barack Obama actually wrote their own tweets.

Athlete from history I wish were on Twitter?
  • FOSTER

    Muhammad Ali.

  • MORGAN

    It's not from history but I wish Kobe Bryant was on Twitter.

  • PHILLIPS

    Jackie Robinson.

  • DUDLEY

    Dennis Rodman.

  • MANGOLD

    Muhammad Ali.

  • KIM

    Muhammad Ali.

  • FRANCIS

    Muhammad Ali.

Last Twitter feud?
  • FOSTER

    Almost everyday.

  • MORGAN

    I've never been in a Twitter feud.

  • PHILLIPS

    With my brother, P.J. He plays in the minor leagues with the Reds.

  • DUDLEY

    Last month. It probably happens every other month.

  • KIM

    Five minutes ago. And five minutes from now.

  • FRANCIS

    Got into it with some Georgia Tech players last year after posting a picture of Maryland QB C.J. Brown breaking a long run against the Yellow Jackets.

Person I became friends with through Twitter?
  • FOSTER

    A winner of one of my Twitter contests who I treated to a Texans game and dinner.

  • MORGAN

    Robert Griffin III.

  • PHILLIPS

    Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods.

  • DUDLEY

    Larry Fitzgerald.

  • MANGOLD

    Eric Grego, creator of the Mangold Maniacs.

  • KIM

    All the guys in the band Shinedown.

  • FRANCIS

    Former Maryland basketball star Greivis Vasquez.

Describe your Twitter followers?
  • FOSTER

    Eclectic.

  • MORGAN

    Soccer fans and lots of teenage boys.

  • PHILLIPS

    They're very motivated. They inspire me. Some followers have got a lot of hatred in their heart. They're very energetic. Very supportive. And they're loving, the girls.

  • DUDLEY

    Friendly, educated people.

  • MANGOLD

    Passionate.

  • KIM

    Collectively they represent every facet of my personality. Some are funny, some are grouchy, some feel fat, some are happy, some are sad. They're an amazing entity.

  • FRANCIS

    Fifty percent are crazed Maryland fans, ten percent are people I know and 40 percent I have no idea.

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