Rodney Purvis has more than 4,400 people waiting to read the next thing that crosses his mind.
A high school basketball player at Raleigh's small Upper Room Christian Academy, Purvis is ranked among the best junior players in the country. He has committed to play collegiately for Louisville and frequently shares his feelings and thoughts with his band of followers on his Twitter account. Many times, his messages on the popular microblogging site are as simple as "Good Morning, World," or "im sleepy."
"It is the way I stay in touch with my fans and friends," said Purvis, who has tweeted about 8,500 times since May.
Purvis' posts are squeaky-clean, but that's not true of those of all high school athletes. Some post off-color comments, often accompanied by pictures of themselves wearing their high school uniforms - connecting their schools with their posts.
Sites such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace allow users to instantly tell their stories and express their feelings to mass audiences. There is no filter, no editor and, sometimes, no time to think or reflect.
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