Around this time last year, Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor introduced college hoops writers to a new and rather amazing bit of slang: "Point plankn." It came from one of Taylor's Facebook status updates, which he wrote after the Jayhawks hoops and football teams got into scuffles on campus Sept. 22 and 23, 2009. Taylor injured himself in that fight.
It was not the guard's finest moment, that's for sure. And I still have no idea what "point plankn" means.
Later, Taylor used his Facebook page to complain about his role on the 2009-10 Jayhawks squad, and Kansas coach Bill Self had seen enough. Self removed Taylor's Facebook privileges indefinitely. That, as they say, was that.
Plenty of time has passed since the ill-advised postings, though, which gave Taylor the courage to have a heart-to-heart with his coach about his ability to access the Intertubes. As told to the Lawrence Journal-World, Taylor says he, like a teenage kid in hot water for playing too much World of Warcraft, appealed Self for his Facebook privileges. Self, perhaps surprisingly, granted them:
“I hit him up one day. I was like, ‘You know coach, I feel like it’s been a while since I had any,’’’ Taylor said, referring to Facebook privileges. “I told coach it’s a way to keep up with my friends back home, people I can’t talk to on a regular basis. I told him, ‘I feel I learned my lesson. You can monitor it or do whatever, but I feel I should be able to get it.’
“He said, ‘You know what? I think you are right,’’’ Taylor said. “He gave it back to me right then.”
Taylor seems to have gotten the message; he says his old habit of posting "instantly" whenever something apropos popped in his head -- a saying, a song lyric, whatever -- is over now. Instead, Taylor said, he's always self-editing, changing words around, making sure nothing he says online comes off as explosive. Which makes Tyshawn Taylor like pretty much every other Internet user in the world, actually. We're all self-editors now. How you edit -- what you leave in, what you tweak, what you spike altogether -- is what defines your online persona, whether you like it or not. I'm pretty sure that's what the Facebook movie is about, but I could be wrong.
Anyway. Welcome back, Tyshawn. Better luck this time around.