Soccer player Darron Gibson trended on Twitter in the UK today in a way he apparently didn’t much care for.
After signing up for a Twitter account in the morning, the Manchester United midfielder closed it just about two hours later after a barrage of nasty tweets.
Here’s how events played out, as reported by The Score:
First, teammate Rio Ferdinand apparently persuaded Gibson to join Twitter. Ferdinand, rioferdy5, introduced Gibson, dgibbo28, on the social networking site.
And some tweeps did show Gibson some love:
Perhaps the most prescient tweet was this one:
Some of the tweets cited by The Score included:
Most people inferred that Gibson was hounded from Twitter by the torrent of invective, but there were some reports, including an update at The Score, that suggested it wasn’t the content of the messages as much as the quantity.
OliverKayTimes: Killjoy alert: For what it’s worth I’m told Darron Gibson quit Twitter because he “couldn’t be done with his phone going mad.”(Yes, turn off notifications, I know. Just passing it on … And those who abused him are still idiots) http://deck.ly/~r6Wx9
His teammate Rio Ferdinand said the same thing, in a tweet he posted nine hours after his original introduction of Gibson:
rioferdy5: Darron Gibson says he came on to see what the lads were up to….he came off because he couldn’t be bothered with it not any other reason.
The incident has stirred a discussion about online civility. Some of those who insulted Gibson stood by their insults, but others felt they’d made a mistake. Some, under the hashtag #getgibboback, have been hoping Gibson would change his mind.