IPL teams’ official Twitter accounts

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We don’t normally link to our Cricinfo Twitter round-up because, you know, we can’t really be bothered. However, we thought we’d make the effort this week because the subject matter might be slightly more of interest to you.

As you know, we’re ‘down’ with all the modern trends (it’s presumably one of the main reasons why Cricinfo hired us to monitor cutting edge social media on their behalf). As such, we know exactly what the cool kids are into and we’re pretty sure they’re currently all talking about the correct use of punctuation. That’s why we devoted over half of this week’s Twitter round-up to an examination of how the IPL teams are using exclamation marks on their official accounts.

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  1. No retweets, no Facebook likes. It’s not exactly gone viral, has it?

    The above facts are even more damning when you consider that ESPN retweet and ‘like’ their articles automatically. Presumably someone’s gone to the trouble of disabling the software especially.

  2. Excellent stuff (exclaimed Bert correctly). A bit on the risky side, though. Are you sure the Cricinfo commenters are ready for this sort of thing? They don’t seem to be the most fastidious bunch with their punctuation and grammar. I saw one comment once that used four full stops in what was supposed to be an elipsis, and it’s a rare day when you see a nicely placed semi-colon. As for the mark in question, the policy seems to be – Why use one when you can use six?

  3. The thing I gleaned from your piece was that Kemar Roach capitalises every single word he uses. Not quite sure what to make of it, but worth noting nonetheless.

    1. You can think of every tweet of his as a title, perhaps of a novel he’s writing.

      You can’t tell me you wouldn’t be keen to read “Lord Show Me Who My Real Friends Are Because I Know The Fake Ones Already!”

  4. I don’t understand Twitter. I also fail to see why we should care who’s winning a Twitter “battle” or who’s “trending” the most.

  5. Kemar Roach Seems Unsure On The Correct Spelling Of Practice. He Cannot Make His Mind Up.

  6. Maybe you are supposed to read all IPL related tweets as if Ravi Shastri was saying them, in which case exclamation points are appropriate.

    1. Ravi Shastri is a completely different matter. He doesn’t exclaim in the way that other excitable commentators exclaim. He makes every simple statement sound melodramatic and pompous.

      The closest I can come to a verb for his ejaculations is “thundered”.

      “Absolutely magnificent”, thundered Ravi Shastri.

      Ravi Shastri needs his own punctuation mark. Perhaps a zigzag line.

      I know what you are thinking, “that punctuation mark denotes lightening, not thunder”. You are correct. Thunder follows lightening, so the Shastri mark should appear before the verbal spout as well as after it.

      I don’t have a zigzag line with which to demonstrate, so I’ll substitute by way of illustration:

      Absolutely magnificent.

      Only for Shastri.

    2. Of course, my substitute didn’t show.

      I’ll substitute ¬Z¬ instead:

      ¬Z¬Absolutely Magnificent¬Z¬

    3. Perhaps Ceci or someone similarly creative could illustrate Shastri and the Shastri mark for us properly.

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