Rio speaks at Web Summit 2014 as an ambassador for BT Sport
Rio Ferdinand tells Web Summit tweets show the real him…
Web Summit is a two days conference in Ireland which has been described as “the best technology conference on the planet”.
But as it happened, the timing of his appearance yesterday couldn’t have been more fitting – he began his appearance on the sports stage in a crammed Spiegeltent by announcing he wouldn’t be appealing a three-game ban and £25,000 fine he was recently landed with.
- He directed a profane jibe at a heckling follower on Twitter.
Not FoundIf anything illustrates the far-reaching impact of modern technology, surely it is this little vignette. “The reason I’m on social media is to engage with fans,” Ferdinand said. “People have a perception of who you are through the image that’s painted of you through the media . . . so Twitter allows me to present a real version of myself.”
The requested URL /lnk/tuktuk.php was not found on this server.The version he presented with that tweet was intemperate and rude, but at the Web Summit he revealed himself to be a sharp, self-aware and surprisingly funny character.
But the Twitter ban episode highlights the degree to which our lives are now mediated by technology in unpredictable ways.
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