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NCAA Social Media Pamphlet Better Mention A Few Things

The NCAA has published a pamphlet on the topic of social media use called "Don't Bet On It," a PSA name sure to live on forever along with "Lead Paint: Delicious, But Deadly!" and "Meat and You: Partners In Freedom" in PSA Valhalla. Judging from the single picture Darren Rovell tweeted, the pamphlet would like to emphasize that tweeting your injuries in advance of a game might influence legal and illegal wagering during the game, and that refraining from this activity would be both prudent and smart.

There's so much more they need to cover regarding the topic of proper social media use, however.

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1. Refrain from overly religious subject matter.  Religion is a special part of many people's lives, but many who see you as a representative of the university may see your beliefs as those of the school. Remember this, and be sensitive towards others' faiths and concerns.

 

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2. Sex is not appropriate subject matter. Keep your personal life personal, please.

 

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3. Most certainly do not mix injury news with graphic sexual content.

 

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4. Do not detail agent contact via Twitter or Facebook. Agent contact is prohibited to student-athletes in the NCAA.

 

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5. No one cares about your boring gardening fetish. Again, consideration for the concerns of your followers is a must.

 

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6. Do not tweet about drug abuse. The NCAA does not condone drug abuse, and certainly does not suggest tweeting about it.

 

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7. Do not tweet about drug use while driving. Use a designated driver in all situations.

 

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8. Do not tweet about driving intoxicated, but if you must do NOT mention your exotic animal importation activities. Importing Siberian Tigers is a violation of the CITES treaty, and Tigers cannot legally drive in the United States.

 

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9. Maintain Perspective.

 

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10. Practice good Twitter etiquette and online decision-making. This is an example of not doing that.

 

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11. MOST IMPORTANTLY DO NOT DO THIS. It will make a circular loop that will tear a hole in the internet and possibly reality itself. This is something you must not forget ever, both for your own status as an eligible NCAA student-athlete and for humanity itself.