Welcome to Browns Twitter- here's a picture of Brian Hartline as a reference to what it probably looks like:
OK let's get semi-serious
Upon its creation, it was merely a 140 character news
Or, if you’re a Browns fan, you use it. I mean, we USE it.
Browns Twitter has become an online virtual sports bar in the past several years. Browns fans have discussed some of the more intensifying moments in recent memories with frustration towards the organization. From trading Trent Richardson for a
“I always like to point out that Cleveland twitter is completely unique”, “McNeil”, most recognizably known on Twitter for his username @Reflog_18 said. “We do things on the regular that are creative and strike a nerve like no other fan base.”
“McNeil” is one of the more credible members that make up the Cleveland fan base. With other 43,000 followers, “McNeil” has established himself as part of Browns Twitter elite, most notably for his, “Johnny Free February” and “Perfect Season” parade campaign, which gained significant national traction until, yes, the Browns beat the Chargers this past season for their lone victory (you deserve that contract, Jamie).
Through the multiple personalities within Browns Twitter, some spark controversy with political stances, media trolling, or adamant stances of
“I am merely one person with my own opinions”, Ryan said. “That’s what unites us and keeps us coming back for more.”
Recently, during the free agency Ryan took a brief “hiatus” off of Twitter. Many of his followers still tweeted at
“Sometimes, it’s just best to put down the phone and walk away.”
One of the more frustrating things Browns fans experience within Browns Twitter is that of finding legitimate news. “Breaking news” or “Sources” are retweeted whether
“Anyone who really has any real info has to be pretty careful about how much they present it for fear of saying too much or burning a bridge in the organization”, said Ryan.
Still, why even try to “break” news?
“Everyone wants to be the first to ‘break’ news, even if they aren’t in the business,” “
“They are usually right only about half the time.”
Even with fan interaction being extremely high on Twitter, some accounts get retweeted frequently in
“It’s pretty easy to spot the accounts who are faking it or trying to break news and make a name for themselves,” said Ryan.
Still, the constant interaction with media and even players on the team is extremely noticeable, and begs the question: Do the Browns pay attention?
“I have been told (they do) by top brass. They would be really dumb not to,” “
If Browns Twitter acts as a free research tool, the fans can help benefit fan experience-whether in
Besides improving the fan experience, the Browns are being noted as an organization the start of the new league year looking to improve what fans want to see every Sunday during the season.
“The Browns genuinely seem less interested in cosmetic changes like fan advisory boards and drum lines and more into actually improving the product on the football field,” said Ryan.
“That’s just fine by me”.
It’s important to remember that social media offers fans outlets to interact with their favorite teams and players. It’s also crucial to remember that disagreements will always happen, and in a
Also, I want to point out @HipsterTito for his fantastic job this past summer contributing donations to the children's hospital, as well as "McNeil" managing all the contributions to the failed parade to Cleveland's food bank. You two are class acts, and thanks for proving you can really make a difference even with social media accounts.
Browns Twitter. Cleveland Twitter. Twitter in general- we all can make a difference via social media interactions. Makes you think: what if Browns Twitter was 100 percent positive, though I'm sure the conversation would still be fluid with disagreements.
Asked to define Browns Twitter, “McNeil” describes fans as, “the most wonderful, insane, passionate, humorous, weird, creative people on earth”.
“We all just happen to root for the Browns.”
Tweet away always, Browns Twitter.