Oliver Holt the Daily Mirror's chief football correspondent told an interesting anecdote on Sunday Supplement a few weeks ago. He was asked by the show's host, Brian Woolnough, whether he'd seen the dispute between Carlos Tevez and Roberto Mancini while he was covering Manchester City's game with Bayern Munich.
Holt replied that because of the position of the Press box he hadn't, and the first he knew about it was when he started receiving texts and Tweets from people watching the game on TV, it's a story which pretty much sums up the problems newspapers are facing in today's multi-media world.
Here was a guy who was writing a report for a newspaper which wouldn't hit the shops for about another eight hours finding out about the game’s top line from people watching the match live on TV via a social networking site accessible to all.
Just like with the telly, sport is hugely popular on Twitter. Of the top 10 events measured by tweets per second four are sports-related. Last summer's women’s World Cup final broke the record with a peak of 7,196 although thankfully the Twitterverse has since shown its intellectual depth as that record was in turn broken when Beyonce announced she was pregnant in August.
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