Welcome to the era of Twitter, a social media site that allows for 140-character messages that are sent out to hoards of followers. Consider it mini-blogging. And among the tweeting fad's biggest players are athletes and professional sports figures. Here are some notable sports tweeters and their famous (or infamous) tweets.
As King of Twitterland, Shaq has graced his tweeting disciples with many memorable tweets. We couldn't even narrow the classics down to just one ... so here are three, ranked in order of their brilliance:<br><br>''thats right i am saying it today and today only, i want kobe bryant to get number 4, spread da word''<br><i>(1:22 PM June 3rd)</i><br><br>''To all twitterers, if u c me n public come say hi, we r not the same we r from twitteronia, we connect''<br><i>(6:37 PM Feb 19th)</i><br><br>''For those who wanna know, i am getting my doctorate in human resource development Why Because im a people person.''<br><i>(7:40 PM Jan 12th )</i><br><br>''Just got a fresh cut for da game, dam I'm sugly, dats sexy and ugly mixed in one''<br><i>(4:10 PM Feb 26th)</i>
''It's cold in my room, but my Dutch oven warms me up.''<br><i>(2:40 AM Apr 9th)</i>
''how do they not call a tech on JR Smith for coming off the bench to taunt our player on the ground?''<br> <i>(11:25 PM Mar 27th)</i><br><br>''scary part of that play: Same crew chief from game in Denver where they missed call - last play of the game & 1st JRSmith/Wright issue.'' <br><i>(11:35 PM Mar 27th)</i><br><br>''just found out got fined25k by nba.) nice'' <br><i>(2:33 PM Mar 29th)</i><br><br>
''Whoa!! They just came to my room and said our truck was broken into and someone stole my time trial bike! Wtf?!? APB out to the twitterati.''<br> <i>11:14 AM Feb 15th</i><br><br>NOTE: Armstrong broke news of this incident with his tweet. He also announced the birth of his son, Max, on Twitter.
''exciting JETS cheerleader news on newyorkjets.com - its about our 1st ever cheerleader calendar!! lol they using me to relate but its fine!''<br><i>(10:55 AM May 13th)</i>
''In da locker room, snuck to post my twitt. We're playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up.''<br> <i>(2:17 PM March 15th)</i><br><br>NOTE: Villaneuva was later reprimanded by Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles for tweeting during halftime.
''our family has been sick the last few days, but we aren't playing into Swine Flu paranoia. Instead, we are kicking it old-school: Bird Flu!''<br><i>(6:01 PM May 11th)</i>
''Woman on train next to me has chewed thru 2 packs of nicorette gum and we r not out of connecticut yet''<br><i>(10:07 AM May 19th)</i>
''It's a beautiful day in Knoxville, Tennessee today. I was so excited to hear that J.C. Copeland committed to play for the Vols today!''<br><br>NOTE: This tweet was up for an hour before Tennessee officials removed it. It's an NCAA violation to comment on unsigned prospects.
''what about when someone sneezes into their hands and leaves it like nothing happened.. u know they are gonna shake a hand later .. not cool''<br><i>(11:11 AM May 18th)</i>