ST. LOUIS — Twitter works for St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, who opened an account to avoid the problem that Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has encountered.
Jackson tweets often with his fans from his address sj39.com/twitter, sometimes posting his thoughts multiple times in a day. He began using this method of communication after impostors used his name on MySpace and Facebook.
"I wanted to kind of nip that in the bud early," Jackson said.
La Russa has sued Twitter, claiming an unauthorized page that used his name smeared his reputation.
Jackson said twittering gives him a chance to reveal off the field interests.
"Having a presence online and allowing my fans to talk to me, I think it's cool," Jackson said. "I give them some things on the field because I am a football player and they want to know about me, but I also allow them to know I have other interests outside of football."
If he ran into a problem similar to La Russa's, Jackson said he'd trust Twitter to take care of it, adding, "It's on them."
"Those social networks are going to present those problems, and you hope and you trust that Twitter and any other social networks would take care of that," he said. "It's on them."
He looks forward to dealing with his fan base even after a difficult loss, pointing out it would be "no tougher" than meeting with media after the game. But he doesn't plan on handing out too much information.
"You're not going to give them details on game preparation or you're not going to text from the locker room," Jackson said. "It's one of those things where you hope no one will abuse it."
If there are problems, Jackson said that'll be the end.
"If they start to abuse it," he said, "you just shut it down."
Jackson and the rest of the Rams are getting familiar with new coach Steve Spagnuolo, participating in the third and final minicamp that concludes on Saturday. New coaches get an extra minicamp, and Jackson said when training camp starts late next month the Rams will be ready to go.
"The work we've been getting in this offseason, we're going to hit the ground running," Jackson said. "We don't have to have that learning curve."
After so much practice time in minicamps and OTAs, an acronym for organized team activities, Jackson said it's almost as if it's not a new staff.
"It's kind of like coach Spags has been around a long time," Jackson said. "He really hasn't, but it just feels like it."