It was revealed yesterday that Twitter had a new star.
England legend Paul Gascoigne has joined the likes of Gary Lineker, Gary Neville and Stan Collymore in deciding to join the Twitter universe to promote their every thought to the world.
Gascoigne said in his first ever tweet; 'Finally on Twitter will keep everyone up to date... Looking forward to getting to know you guys and showing you the real Gazza !!'
Twitter has become one the most popular ways of following celebrities and footballers over the last few years, but it hasn't been without it's troubles.
Several Premier League stars, past and present, have got into trouble for posting what was on their mind for everyone to see.
With Gascoigne's new ability to tweet it has become a popular discussion point to whether footballers should be allowed to view their thoughts and whether it is right for the site to so easily enable users to throw abuse at people.
Here we take a look at some of football's biggest Twitter incidents:
1) Darron Gibson
The former Manchester United star decided to join his fellow team mates Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand on the social networking site back in 2011.
After his arrival was promoted by Ferdinand via his own account, it all went downhill for Gibson.
Within minutes, he received a bundle of abusive messages aimed at the current Everton man's recent performances on the pitch and the account was removed within two hours of it's emergence.
Gibson has since set up a new account after his Old Trafford departure and has 114,000 followers.
2) James McClean
Wigan's recent summer signing from Sunderland, James McClean, was the victim of Twitter abuse in May 2012.
This came about after the midfielder made the decision to accept an international call-up from Republic of Ireland - despite playing for Northern Ireland's youth teams.
McClean removed his account after posting tweets to his 50,000 followers saying he was 'enjoying the dog's abuse' and told Northern Ireland fans to watch their own country in the Euros, ending the message with a sarcastic 'oh wait... #mybad #awkward'.
Several accounts in the player's name remain on the site but none are verified by the official Twitter tick.
3) Gary Lineker
Former England star Gary Lineker is one the most popular men on twitter.
The Match of the day host has 1.8million followers on the site despite taking a brief abstinence from tweeting earlier this year.
On January 18 he tweeted that he would be leaving for 'personal reasons' but just eight days later - after a huge uproar from his followers - he returned by posting the tweet 'Back by no popular demand whatsoever. Glad it never caused any fuss my taking a break ; ).'
It would seem that Lineker just couldn't keep away and realised his tweets needed to return. With many people thankful I'm sure.
4) Micah Richards
One of the most negative effects of Twitter is the ability for people to use the site as a platform to post horrible racist and discriminating messages.
England star Micah Richards was one of several victims of this crime.
The Manchester City defender deleted his account after receiving months of racist abuse.
Richards refused to report the abuse to the police as he believed it would aggravate the situation.
This incident is a sad reminder to the negative effects of social media and despite Richard's admitting he enjoyed interaction with the fans, it would seem the abuse was so much for the 25-year-old to take.
Thankfully the full-back was able to put his behind him and once again promote the benefits of Twitter to his followers by rejoining recently.
5) Wojciech Szczesny
Arsenal's star goalkeeper Szczesny is another player to put his tweeting hobby to one side in the past.
The Poland international declared his intention to stop using the site in January 2012 to concentrate on his football career.
He said on his account; 'Its just about time for me to grow up, delete twitter and focus on football! Thanks for all the support I have received here.'
This decision came coincidentally not long after getting into trouble via his account for saying that his team-mate Aaron Ramsey looked ‘like a rapist' in a golf outfit.
The keeper returned to the site six-months later and has over 500,000 followers.
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