Tiger and Rory not big Twitter fans

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Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods have huge Twitter followings, but neither seems too interested in getting more active on the micro-blogging platform.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 | 11:04 p.m.

I don't know about you, but I am a huge Twitter fan. Of course, I use it mostly as a ''town crier''-type news service, and I'm most certainly not one of the best golfers in the world.

Apparently, some of those best golfers in the world aren't are enamored as I am.

At the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge on Wednesday, both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were asked about their thoughts on Twitter. Neither exactly embraced it with open arms.

When asked how much he used Twitter to keep up with golf and other sports, as well as gauge his fans' reaction to various happenings, McIlroy said: ''Not as much as I used to, if I'm honest.''

His biggest issue, he explained, is that fans tend to overreact to both the good and the bad.

''In terms of the outside public, what I feel like I've learned this year is they think that your good is better than what it is, and I think they think your bad is worse than what it is,'' McIlroy said. ''hen you do well, you get hyped up so much, and when you do badly they think it's the worst thing ever.  So there is no real balance in it.

''So there is no point in getting carried away with the hype, and no point in getting carried away with the criticism, either,'' he added. ''So I don't look at the comments that much, if I'm honest. I'll look at my timeline and people that I follow. But in terms of what fans and public are saying, I try not to look into it too much.''

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Woods, at the ripe old age of 37, said he was too old school for this new-fangled Twitter thing, and admitted that girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, a mere 29, has encouraged him to be more active.

''She certainly has hinted that (he tweet more), but I grew up in a different era, and it's a little bit different for me,'' he said. ''I'm still a little bit old school. I'm kind of getting towards it, but still not quite grasping the whole concept yet, but I'll get there eventually.''

Somehow I doubt Tiger is truly too ''old school'' to be ''grasping the whole concept'' of Twitter. I can certainaly understand his reluctance to get too engaged, given the huge reaction his every media utterance prompts. But he's a smart, funny guy, and I think we'd all very much like to get more of his thoughts, especially about all aspects of his golf game, even if it's limited to 140-character bursts – that goes for Rory, too.

And perhaps Woods is headed that way. It was pointed out to him that he tweeted five whole times over a two-day period in his give-and-take with Auburn fan Jason Dufner – a new record for him.

Tiger smiled and replied, ''I'm hot, aren't I?''

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