Last month, Jimmie Johnson made social media history by becoming the first Daytona 500 winner to host an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) thread on reddit as part of his postrace victory media tour.
Saturday, Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs is scheduled to mark another reddit milestone by becoming the first NBA player to host an official AMA. His online Q&A is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET. Reddit has more than 50 million unique visitors monthly, many of whom are in the NBA’s coveted 18-34 age demographic. To participate, fans must be registered reddit users and submit their questions via reddit’s IAmA sub-reddit.
Reddit users on the NBA sub-reddit were understandably excited about the news and posted that they hope Ginobili’s appearance spurs more NBA players to do the same.
Ginobili, who is in his 11th season with the Spurs, has won three NBA titles, played professionally in Italy and is a member of the Argentinean national team. So it’s likely he’ll attract a diverse and worldwide audience.
In addition to Johnson, other notable reddit AMA participants include Roger Goodell, Bill Gates and President Barack Obama.
• Harvard’s victory over New Mexico in the opening round of the NCAA tournament Thursday trashed millions of brackets and triggered thousands of Tweets.
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) March 22, 2013
Those kids in Cambridge are wicked smart.
— Elliott Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler) March 22, 2013
• How well do you know your extreme winter sports? Here’s a chance to show just that and win a Burton snowboard and bindings in the process. Roope Tonteri, the Finnish snowboarder, went over a 75-foot jump, filmed the whole thing and had the clip posted on YouTube.
The challenge: Guess what trick he performed. But there’s a twist, so to speak.
Footage of Roope’s jump was captured using Nokia Lumia 920s attached to his chest, thigh and arm. So the only perspective you have is that of Roope himself. Post your best guesses via Nokia’s Twitter account (@NokiaUS) and YouTube channels and use the #LumiaSickAir.