As regular visitors to wdnicolson.blogspot.com know - I use Twitter a lot.While the game's hierarchy and the majority of clubs haven't yet figured this out - the players are beginning to.
Jarryd Hayne @jarrydhayne_1
Lote Tuqiri @lotetuqiri
Robbie Farah @robbiefarah
Benji Marshall @benji_marshall6
Michael Jennings @m_jennings_03
Nathan Hindmarsh @nathanhiney
Scott Prince @scottprince7
Mat Rogers @mat_rogers6
Tim Mannah @tim_mannah
Israel Folau @israel_folau
Kevin Gordon @kevin_gordon1
Bryce Gibbs @bryce_gibbs
Eric Grothe Jr @ericgrothejnr
Keith Galloway @keithy85
Brett Hodgson @bretthodgson
Cory Paterson @corypato
Wade McKinnon @wademckinnon
Matt Keating @mkeating_9
Ashley Harrison @ashharrison1
Terry Campese @terrycampese
Ben Ross @benross23
Luke Pridds @lpfasd
Chris Walker @iam_chriswalker
Pat Richards @patrichards5
Wade Graham @wade_graham
Luke O'Dwyer @lukeodwyer
Dale Copley @dalecopley
Anthony Watts @anthonywattsd
Richard Mathers @richardmathers
Aaron Cannings @aaron_cannings
Mark Riddell @riddell009
George Rose @gorgeousgrose
Jarrod Saffy @jsaffy
Rocky Trimarchi @rockytrimarchi
Wendell Sailor @realbigdell
Mark Geyer @markmggeyer
Karmichael Hunt @karmichaelhunt
Jason Stevens @bigjstevens
Awen Guttenbeil @awenguttenbeil
Robbie O'Davis @robbieodavis1
Russell Bussian @russellbussian
Daniel Wagon @danielwagon
Anthony Mundine @the_man_mundine
Have I missed anyone? I'm sure I have. So add them in the comments below or let me know via The NRL Tweet.
Not every player that has Twitter uses it regularly - some in fact seem to be highly dubious in their authenticity but those that do use it regularly have got the idea.
Use it - and it can only benefit you.
Don't use it - and it's not a good look.
There's no doubt that frequent Twitter users Lote Tuqiri, Sam Burgess, Wendell Sailor, Mark Geyer, Karmichael Hunt, Jarryd Hayne & Mat Rogers have done a wonderful job enhancing not only their own reputations as good guys of the sport - but the reputation of the sport itself.
There is a new batch of superstar tweeters on the way as well with Robbie Farah, Benji Marshall, Scott Prince, Michael Jennings, Nathan Hindmarsh & Bryce Gibbs now getting into the swing of things.
Kathy Bates might say in 'The Waterboy' that "Foosball is the devil" - but funnily enough those footballers that use Twitter are quickly painting Rugby League players in a far better light than we sometimes get in the media.
Just because we can - here's a collection of The Waterboy's Greatest Hits from the Movie:
Man that's good stuff.
Back to Twitter in Rugby League...
I find it highly hypocritical when I hear someone in the media dismiss Twitter with this comment: "Oh I don't use Twitter because people don't need to know what I ate for breakfast."
For one - that's so far from the reality that Twitter is evolving in to, and two - your ego is obviously big enough to tell people what you don't want to know about - so why is telling them what you ate for breakfast any different?
When it comes to Twitter you should either use it or lose it - and when it comes to official NRL and Club Twitter Accounts - merely linking headlines to your website is simply not good enough.
The players have got the idea - yet again we may have to wait an eternity for the majority of the decision makers to.
Here's some free advice - if you think what you are doing already in marketing is good enough - you're already way behind your competition.
Case in point - the new A-League season kicked-off last night when the new kids on the block Melbourne Heart played the Central Coast Mariners. I've been subscribed to the official A-League Newsletter for a couple of years now in the hope it would help me keep track of the game better.
I received an email at 5pm last night (Thursday August 5) approximately 2 hours before the first game of the 2010/2011 Season started... the last email I received before that was approximately 5 months previous when the Grand Final of the 2009/2010 Season was played.
While the NRL would have to try extremely hard to fall to that level of incompetence in their marketing - they are lucky that their players are doing the job for them in the most powerful social media tool on the market today.
And yet despite this - am I the only one who can see 'Big Brother' coming down and trying to restrict it's use at some point?
In the mean time - enjoy NRL Players on Twitter while you can - they are doing a fine job of promoting the game.
Yes - even Bryce Gibbs.