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OSU standout receiver Justin Blackmon gets chatty with fans

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: June 16, 2011
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Justin Blackmon boasts speed to kill; just check with enemy defensive backs from the 2010 football season.

The Oklahoma State wide receiver's fingers, however — despite his hands being a major asset — not so speedy. Not yet, anyway, although his reputation for hard work leaves the possibility for rapid improvement more than a possibility.

Blackmon was rather pedestrian on the keyboard Thursday, taking a shot at a live chat with Cowboys fans via Facebook and Twitter in a foray into social media that OSU plans to use more in the future to market its stars.

Brandon Weeden chats today (on Facebook and Twitter @Weeden2Blackmon). And more appearances will follow.

OSU's media relations department likes the idea of their Chatty Cowboys connecting with fans in a whole new way.

Blackmon, scrambling to keep up with an array of questions from both forums, said he enjoyed the chat debut.

“It went good,” he said. “I had a lot of fun answering questions. Really, I didn't know what to expect. I've never done anything like this. I'm not a big Facebook or Twitter user myself.

“But it was fun. It was enjoyable. And I liked that people came out and supported it.”

And there was a nugget from Thursday's chat. Blackmon's game day nutritional secret: a lot of bacon.

“I wouldn't say it's a secret, but that's what I like to eat,” he said.

The Twitter page @Weeden2Blackmon had picked up more than 1,100 followers by midday Thursday. And the number was growing. On Facebook, Weeden2Blackmon had 2,400-plus “likes.”

While only dabbling in Twitter to begin with, Blackmon has picked up his activity level lately.

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