Build a Bear is no more. Apparently everyone who had the wad of cash and the desire has already built a bear.
"We should do something high tech," the Franchise mused. "How can we hijack all these SF Giants-related tweets and Instagram pics and hash-tag cash in?"
Welcome to @Cafe, the latest circus attraction on the AT&T midway. A place to not see the live action of the game, get your fill of high-priced Peet's coffee, oh and get a dose of watered-down social media. Here you can watch a group of overly-attractive young ladies sit behind computer consoles and cherry-pick appropriate content to stream to the ballpark masses.
Obviously this bit of well-meaning censorship rather defeats the purpose of the anything-goes Twittervese.
The truly great aspect of life here among the McCoven is not only the deep knowledge base of all things both important and obscure regarding Giants, but also the often hilarious, personal and off-topic stream-of-consciousness comments that the regulars (and irregulars) engage in daily.
The majority of comments found here would never make the cut in the Disneyfication of content monitored by the @cafe model/tweet-pickers.
To be honest the organization did invite me to cover the grand opening, handing me a mocha in a cool mug with expectations of a better review than this one. What can I say? @cafe is a decent idea in a terrible location. If you spend fifty bucks or more for a seat on the third base line (and by the way, can freely use the wifi to check social media unfiltered from said seat) then why in hell would you head out to center field to view the game, and censored tweets on big TVs?
@cafe belongs in the Public House or some other venue outside the actual ballpark. There are already a large percentage of the 40,000 attendees who are barely paying attention to the game on the field in front of them. The Giants have found yet another way to drain the fun out of enjoying a game, but with the best intentions.
I prefer to read your comments from the privacy of my own device, profanity and non-sequiters abounding.