So my colleague Pete Rogers (Regis University in Denver) and I were musing about what if Twitter were around 20-30 years ago and who would use it most effectively. Two sports stars that came to mind quickly were Muhammad Ali and Reggie Jackson:

Muhammad Ali: “I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. George can’t hit what his hands can’t see.”

How many followers would Ali have? I think a generous estimate would be 30 million. Probably more like 50.

Reggie Jackson: I’m the straw that stirs the drink.

Half an hour later: “Munson tries to stir it but he can only stir it bad.”

Half an hour later: Sport Magazine: RT: Reggie44: Munson tries to stir it but he can only stir it bad.

Imagine what kind of tweets and how many followers these folks would have had if they had had twitter. Some names friends and I came up with recently.

Howard Cosell
Monica Lewinsky
Mae West
Fulton Sheen
Thomas Jefferson
Adolf Hitler (!)

And of course, Jesus.

Who else could have used twitter well? I may start a once a week throwback tweet on here each week so send me some ideas.