Phil Mickelson's Rocky Twitter Debut

Alex Myers discusses Phil Mickelson's unlimited tweeting potential as well as his early growing pains on social media.

Released on 8/29/2018

Transcript

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So, Phil Mickelson finally joined Twitter.
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For a few hours, it was glorious.
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Just look at his first tweet.
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Clear and concise: check.
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Funny: check.
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Proper use of a GIF: check.
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Proper use of a GIF of yourself: bonus points.
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Assuming Phil doesn't have any
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Kevin Durant-esque burner accounts,
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it was the perfect start to a promising social media career.
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One that golf fans have been hoping to see for years.
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But you know that saying, be careful what you wish for?
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Well, it applies here.
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It quickly became painfully obvious
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that Mickelson's motivation for joining Twitter
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was to promote the match with Tiger Woods,
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who made the Thanksgiving clash of golf legends official
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just a few hours later with a tweet of his own.
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That prompted some awkward banter between the two,
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but even worse, were some of Phil's ensuing tweets.
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Like this one.
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Okay?
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Or this one.
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Hmm, a little creepy.
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And, this one.
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What in the moving golf ball is happening here?
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I love you, Phil, but you're trying just a bit too hard.
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Sort of like a dad who wears a Hawaiian shirt to work.
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Hey, I blame all those Magnum P.I. ads
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during CBS's golf coverage.
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Anyway, there's a good chance Twitter history
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will be divided into two eras.
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Before Phil tweeted and after Phil tweeted.
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I still have high hopes that Phil can elevate the latter.
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Just look at this bounce back tweet after a series of duds.
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The man has serious social media potential,
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especially if he sticks to GIFs of himself,
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and stays away from the dad jokes.
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