Bears safety Chris Harris meets a fan at the Harold Washington Library on Tuesday during his "Twitter Treasure Hunt."
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Updated: May 9, 2012 9:43AM
Chris Harris joined Twitter with some reservations two years ago.
But the Bears’ starting strong safety quickly became a Twitterholic.
He has been known to tweet for hours at a time, engaging in debates on hot-button topics from illegal NFL hits to religion and race.
Harris is one of the team’s most accessible players to the media, yet he enjoys dealing directly with his fans via Twitter, the popular social-media website.
“I get to connect with them on a personal level and let people know who I am,” Harris said. “I think professional athletes get a bad rap. The stereotype is that we’re stuck-up and not approachable. So I want to get rid of that whole stereotype.
“What’s exciting is letting people know that I’m down-to-earth.’’
Harris isn’t the most followed Bear on Twitter (that distinction belongs to Jay Cutler and Devin Hester), but Harris is easily the most active, with 13,627 tweets . . . and counting.
To that end, Harris and the Sun-Times joined forces Tuesday for a "Twitter Treasure Hunt."
For about five hours Tuesday, Harris (@ChrisHarrisNFL), the Sun-Times (@SunTimes) and Sean Jensen (@skjensen) posted different locations around the city and suburbs and mingled with fans.
You can follow their day below as they live-tweeted their movements.
Check back tomorrow for Sean Jensen's story behind the "Twitter Treasure Hunt."