Just an article to make you read Tweets with eyes open wide…
As one would say, “Don’t believe everything you hear”.
To start, I want to ask all of you a simple question – Have you ever wondered where does the constant stream of transfer rumors come from?
Were the top journalists snooping around the training grounds, listening to the jibber-jabber? Have they really spotted a football
Unfortunately, I’m afraid we’ll never get those questions answered. However, there is a lesson to learn from the daily transfer gossip round-up.
When a transfer deadline comes up, there are vast Twitter users, who are constantly hanging onto the every word of anonymous “football agents”, hoping they might have some news pertinent to their club. It’s just that these “agents” aren’t actually real football agents…
Let’s take Real Madrid’s midfielder Kaka – who was one of the numerous victims of a fake football agent – for instance. In addition, there were this summer’s rumors about him joining Manchester United – I bet that you all remember this!
On the evening of August 18, what was supposed to be a football agent shocked everyone claiming that former Milan star Kaka would be joining Premier League side Manchester United. Twitter users started retweeting his “epic” post right away and eventually somehow it managed to get to Mail, Guardian, Sky and Mirror’s journalists.
It is still remains unclear whether he was followed by employers of all the mentioned sources, or the others just copied the sensational story. All that matters is that even high regarded media like them can get fooled, which is totally unacceptable. Few days after the story got published, the Twitter user stood up and decided to boast about his grand accomplishment. That is when his true identity was revealed.
“I am not a ‘Football Agent’ or ‘ITK [in the know]. I am infact an 18-year-old and I have been fooling all of you gullible idiots with my fake stories for the past 2 months.
“I’m proud to say that I haven’t had even one transfer scoop in my time yet people still say I’m more reliable than Sky
Sports News and the BBC. Laughable. Some of my personal highlights were the Kaka and Falcao stories which were completely made up.”
“The Daily Mail even wrote an article based on my Kaka tweets and the 2 journalists who wrote it were following me.”
Is this statement true? Let’s look at the evidence.
On 18 August the fake agent tweeted: “Manchester United asked Madrid on Friday about taking Kaka on loan. Club officials are confident a deal can be done but it’s early stages”. As early as the next day, the Daily Mail published this story, saying: “Kaka has been offered to Manchester United on a season-long loan as Real Madrid prepare for the arrival of Luka Modric.”
As is always the case with these rumors, they were kicked around by most of the rest of the sports desks hungry for the latest news on the biggest clubs. The Guardian wrote: “Real Madrid are hoping to free up a dressing-room peg for [Modric] by offering Kaka to Manchester United on loan.” The story also appeared in other papers’ round-ups.
Except, was there any truth in it at all?! When you think about it, why would a football agent bother to tweet his secret deals to Twitter when it could jeopardize his earnings? That is why, there are at least hundreds of “agents” like this one, whose goal is to amass curious followers in a short space of time, hence delivering plausible enough stories and claiming retrospective credit for big scoops.
This user’s incredible online following considering the truth has thrown the sanctity of a rumor mill into jeopardy, and whilst in truth the 18-year-old culprit hasn’t done any real damage, the ease with which he hid behind the football agent facade and kept fans and journalists alike hanging on his words makes one wonder about the link between social media and news.
REAL football agents very, very rarely get positive press, and this whole escapade has been no exception. The anonymity of the agent, and their lucrative industry appears to have been similarly lucrative for certain Twitter users, as a cure for boredom or however they wish to describe it.
To conclude, as a blogger and a Twitter user as well, I highly recommend that you don’t take Twitter fake agents or any fake journalist for serious. Unless, you’ve already learned the lesson I’m trying to teach today…