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Following NHL Talk On Twitter

When people ask me how do i get hockey news so quickly, my answer has always been Twitter.  The information is still there but now you may have to sift through tweets to get what you are looking for.

Let me explain, I have a Twitter list consisting of about 400 people, from true hokey insiders, the beat writers and team sites.  Normally the hockey insiders (a group of around 20) break the news.  So why do I follow all the others?  I also look for interesting pieces, from injuries, highlights or team stories therefore I include in my hockey list those I believe who can supply the information I am looking for.

But lately I get so frustrated to the point I may be better off just visiting sites like nothingtodo.com or lucky dino review

Since the end of last season Twitter has taken a turn south and it seems the younger generation (new wave) has decided to tweet about their vacations, pets, boyfriends (not so much girlfriends), food, vaccines and other social warrior topics and on occasion, hockey.

Now I am not here to say stop it, instead I am wondering how to get around all those tweets that do not matter to me and get just hockey.  I doubt there is a solution, the mute words feature helps in instances at time.  A recent example is the Toronto Blue Jays involved in a playoff run.  Since I follow many people in Canada, I just muted Blue Jays, the abbreviations used and names like Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Guerrero, etc..  It works, I don't see tweets with those words I muted.  I just make sure their isn't a hockey player named Guerrero.

You may say why not remove those I am referring to?  I would but at times they do tweet something I would be interested in so I would rather just put up with it and just shake my head at all those off-topic tweets.

Yes I am older, probably one of the oldest to use and depend on Twitter on a regular basis but is this the future of Twitter?  

My background is marketing and I can tell you the way to market yourself on social media is to stick to topic and for the new age users on Twitter, they are not doing that.  In order to grow your followers, you need to be very specific with your tweets, if not, your Twitter numbers are not going to grow.

Don't believe me, check out the twitter timelines of the very popular hockey insiders.  You'll notice they stick to hockey but on occasion thy will post something off-topic but not very often.

They know where their bread is buttered and stick to hockey.

Yes, I am old-school when it comes to our game and perhaps the new generation of hockey people should take a look on how to advance their career instead of just fitting in and tweeting whatever comes to their mind.

I am not a "get off my lawn" type of guy, I try to learn something every day and perhaps others should too.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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