Psst, hey, buddy! Got a Metrodome picture?

Curtis Schmillen of Cottage Grove, who oversees construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, has done a nice job taking pictures of the dismantling of the Metrodome and posting them on Twitter.

They’ve provided a nice behind-the-scenes look at the deconstruction to make way for the new stadium. And he clearly has a photographer’s eye.

In his latest tweet, however, Schmillen says the team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission have asked him to stop.

He wrote on his Facebook page:

I am NOT a Facebook guy. I was doing a Twiiter feed to share pictures of the new Vikings Stadium, but was asked to stop and let the Vikings and/or the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority control that medium. I was directed to use Facebook to keep some control over who sees the photos.

Obviously, lots of folks are interested in seeing what is happening with the demolition of the Metrodome and the construction of the new facility (Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium). I will share that with those that “hook up” with me. And to my beautiful bride … sorry for mocking you repeatedly for being on Facebook.

“Control over who sees the photos”? Whatever.

On their website, the Vikings posted an infographic about why the new stadium will be so much better, and igniting a discussion about Obamacare.

Advantage, Twitter.

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    This baffles me. There can be legitimate reasons to restrict what an employee says and does on social media. I used to ask my employees to refrain from tweeting in ways that would imply an official position of our organization because only two people were given jobs that grant them that privilege. That, to me, is fair. (Granted, I was one of the two people *smiley face*). The Vikings/MSFA decision is just stupid and shows a failure to understand what social media can do for you. This guy got hundreds of followers overnight and was retweeted by accounts like MLB Cathedrals.

    Who’s harmed by an employee posting photos of the Metrodome? If doing so is wrong, what team/MSFA objective does it undermine? It certainly isn’t advancing any goals, unless they actually believe they should keep tight reins on what images are disseminated as crews dismantle one of the largest and most historic buildings in Minnesota. If that’s the case…

    Maybe the MSFA should take the $25,000 raise it gave its director and hire a social media advisor. Heck, I’ll do it for free.

    • Dave

      Who’s harmed? Their credibility is harmed. Pay no attention to the demolition of a perfectly serviceable building behind the curtain.

  • John Peschken

    “igniting a discussion about Obamacare”

    Doesn’t everything seem to do that among the Fox Faithful these days?