Sport Illustrated’s Third Annual Twitter 100 ListPosted: September 25, 2013 | |
Sports Illustrated’s third annual Twitter Top 100, released today at si.com/twitter100, features Twitter feeds of influential media members, outlets and athletes —selected by SI staff members—that are essential for sports fans to keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and entertainment from the sports world. Names featured on the list include Samuel L. Jackson, Missy Franklin, Kobe Bryant, Floyd Mayweather and Scott Van Pelt among others.
“Twitter is such a huge driver of news in sports,” says Matt Bean, managing editor of Si.com. “We’ve long been focused on weaving it into our brand. For our third annual Twitter 100 list, we’re celebrating the outsized impact every 140-character dispatch can have, and the writers, athletes, and entertainers who have embraced the medium alongside us.”
Another new feature to the Twitter 100 is the “Five Spot,” which includes Brittney Griner, David Price, Connor Barwin, Logan Couture and Logan Morrison, selecting their five most essential follows on Twitter, including feeds such as Bryce Harper, Drake, Odyssey Sims and Ellen DeGeneres.
In addition to the Top 100 and the “Five Spot,” SI collaborated with Twitter to provide an in-depth look at the top sports moments of the year to show how people conversed about them through the social media site. The top sport stories making headlines on Twitter over the past year include:
- The NBA Finals (26,700,000+ tweets)
- Super Bowl XLVII (26,131,270 tweets)
- March Madness during the final three games (4,592,598+ tweets)
- BCS Championship Game (3,989,642 tweets)
- Stanley Cup Finals (3,100,000+ tweets)
- Andy Murray winning Wimbledon (962,838 tweets)
- Ryan Braun’s MLB suspension (237,531 tweets)
- News breaking of Manti Te’o’s girlfriend hoax on Jan. 16, 2013 (119,071 tweets)
- Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal (87,308 tweets)
The top sport stories are presented with interactive graphics that not only highlight the amount of total tweets, but also reveal popular hashtags and the most retweeted posts from the moments that captivated sport fans in 2013, including:
- Andy Murray’s tweet reading “Can’t believe what’s just happened!!!!!!!,” receiving the most sports retweets of the year, with 92,330 total after winning Wimbledon
- Kevin Ware’s tweet reading “I should of blocked that shot tho. Lol,” receiving 51,441 retweets after suffering his injury
- #Ravens, #49ers, #superbowl and #beyonce as the top hashtags during Super Bowl XLVII; with the Ravens receiving more hashtags than the 49ers
- #NHLPlayoffs, #StanleyCup, #Blackhawks and #Bruins as the top hashtags during the NHL Stanley Cup Finals
- #Rolltide, #bcs, #bama and #ndvsbama as the top hashtags during the BCS Championship game
SI also provides an in-depth look into the Boston Marathon tragedy as the bombings and subsequent manhunt unfolded through Twitter, reaching nearly 27,800,000+ tweets total. SI’s breakdown of the event features top tweets from news organizations and the Boston Police Department, as well as popular hashtags used – including #BostonMarathon and #PrayForBoston – as breaking news developed.
The SI Twitter 100 is live at si.com/twitter100, can be tracked on Twitter with the hashtag #SITwitter100 and is sponsored by Lexus.