Add Florida State to the increasing number of college football programs that have banned social media.
A tight group of FSU players — quarterback EJ Manuel, wide receiver Kenny Shaw and defensive back Greg Reid — talked about how their Twitter feeds Saturday night were being hit hard with negative commentary from the fans after the Seminoles lost their third straight game.
“Really don’t care what people say about our team. I love these boys & sometimes stuff just don’t go our way,” Reid said on his Twitter feed, according to The Ledger.
Florida State Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher did not ban the use of Twitter and Facebook. He let the team take the issue to a vote, resulting on the ban of using social media.
Like any coach, I’d say he did influence the decision making process by lecturing to the team on the pitfalls of reading and responding to comments from fans. Even though most of the fans have been supportive of the team’s three-game slide, a small number of fans have turned highly caustic on the players.
“I don’t think it’s smart,” Fisher told The Ledger. “There’s no benefit. Tell me a benefit for getting on it? Because the only thing that comes back is negative. They read all the stuff that people say. I’ve told them, ‘Be careful. Don’t listen to it and don’t reply back.'”
Other college football programs have banned social media as well. The Boise State and New Mexico State both banned Twitter before the 2010 season. Miami’s former coach Randy Shannon banned social media, but it was lifted by their new coach Al Golden.
Coach Fisher point is valid. If you don’t like the tweets you see, then don’t read the tweets. But all is not lost. FSU’s twitter accounts will remain active as @FSU_Football — more or less as a promotional service to the fans of the Seminoles.