Sunday, February 22, 2009

We Connect

w:Shaquille O'Neal of the w:Miami Heat.Image via Wikipedia

If you were relaxing around the Internets at the weekend chances are you would have encountered the story from Jesse Bearden and his friend Sean. Jesse follows The Real Shaq on Twitter and saw that he was at a diner near his office so decided to verify whether it was Shaq O'Neal or an imposter.

It wouldn't be the first time that someone has impersonated a celebrity as only recently there was the fake Dalai Lama account that was suspended.

They arrived at the restaurant and there was Shaq sitting in the corner booth and although they acknowledge him they were reluctant to initiate conversation until Shaq tweetered:
I feel twitterers around me, r there any twitterers in 5 n diner wit me, say somethin [Source]
From which they then introduced themselves to Shaq and found him to have a genuine interest in mobile technology. He then permitted them to have their photo taken with them and as they walked away said "Make sure you put that on your web page". I found it to be a great story and Shaq appeared friendly, approachable and involved in the tech scene.

After reading this I thought about which sports personality I would most like to meet and it would definitely have to be David Beckham. Not sure whether David Beckham will be on Twitter anytime soon but I would definitely follow his updates. Who else has played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and AC Milan, currently tied with Bobby Moore as England's most-capped outfield player and married to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham with three sons! How could you not follow David Beckham though to be honest?

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