Kobe Bryant caused a viral buzz online this week by launching a twitter account which gathered 35,000 followers in a few hours and shut the account down abruptly, leaving the thirty five thousand fans to despair.
According to ESPN Los Angeles, the explanation is that Bryant’s social media manager may have jumped the gun and set up the account ahead of time. People close to Bryant also say that his account will return in future, but after Bryant himself has had a chance to familiarize himself with the medium.
So what did Kobe Bryant have to say on Twitter? The first tweet was “Can you hear me now?!?!” Kobe also followed several other celebrities including NBA players – Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, two baseball players – Jimmy Rollins and Albert Pujols, and hip hop artists – Jay-Z, Drake, Lil Wayne and Kanye West.
With more than 200 NBA players using Twitter to their advantage to communicate to their fans directly, Bryant has been holding out so far. As Bryant started his Twitter account, it was also publicized on his official Facebook page, drawing a huge number of Likes and comments by fans.
On a different note, NBA Union vice president Roger Mason Jr’s tweet caused many to believe that some progress has been made towards ending the NBA lockout, but Mason later claimed that his account has been hacked and that the tweet was not his. The NBA has been on a lockout since the 1st of July this year.
Fans eagerly await both the lockout to end and for Kobe Bryant to get back to Twitter again.