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Picking on ESPN is like railing against Microsoft. They are big and they make an easy target but let's face it, without them our lives would suck just a little bit more. More than a little bit actually.

But reading this leaked memo about what their "talent" can and can't tweet is really just an unbelievable example of corporate ham-handedness. I really do get what they are trying to do here protecting their brand and content but they need to spend a little more time thinking about how they are going to communicate something like this and a little less time letting their lawyers manage their change process...

The Big Lead " Blog Archive " ESPN’s Memo on Social Networking: Smells Like They’re Cooking Up Some Changes

"The first and only priority is to serve ESPN sanctioned efforts, including sports news, information and content"

Seriously, replace "ESPN" and "Sports" with "State" and "Government" and you might as well be reading a memo from a Orwellian bureaucrat.