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Athletes, Tweets and Co.

Posted on 29. Apr, 2011 by in Social Media

There has been no shortage of stories of athletes using Twitter and social media to further their ‘personal brand.

Not all stories are bad though. This is why I thought it would be interesting to focus on those athletes who use social media, in particular Twitter, as a way to interact with their fans.

TwitterBeing a sport fanatic I find myself constantly conversing with several athletes, commentators and various sporting identities. The best thing is you don’t even have to be famous to interact with all your sporting heroes. The majority of them are happy and willing to converse, have a bit of fun as well as keep you up-to-date with what’s happening in their world, professionally and personally.

Whatever code you follow there are plenty of athletes/teams you can ‘follow’. Below is a list of athletes/teams I follow on Twitter along with a few others.

Rugby League

• Wendell Sailor – @RealBigDell
• Robbie Farah – @robbiefarah
• Nathan Hindmarsh – @NathanHiney
• Lote Tuqiri – @LoteTuqiri
• NRL – @NRL
• Sam Burgess – @SamBurgess8
• St.George Illawarra – @NRL_Dragons
• Newcastle Knights – @NRLKnights
• Mark Geyer – @markMGgeyer
• Scott Prince – @scottprince7
• Bryce Gibbs – @brycegibbss

AFL

• Essendon – @Essendon_FC
• Carlton FC – @Carlton_FC
• Brad Green – @BradGreen18
• Cameron Ling – @CameronLing
• AFL – @AFL
• Mitch Clarke – @MitchClark1
• Jackson Trengove – @JacksonTrengove

Football (Soccer)

• Nathan Burns – @nathanburns10
• Robert Cornthwaite – @RCornthwaite
• Scott Jamieson – @ScottJamieson
• Travis Dodd – @trav_dodd
• Harry Kewell – @HarryKewellOFCL
• Tim Cahill – @Tim_Cahill
• Wayne Rooney – @Wazzaroon08

Other sporting identities

• Michael Clarke – @MClarke23 (Australian Cricket Captain)
• Shane Warne – @warne888 (Cricketing legend)
• Craig Foster – @Craig_Foster (Football Identity)
• Cameron Williams – @camjwilliams (Television personality)
• Mark Bosnich – @TheRealBozza (Former footballer now television personality)
• Tiger Woods – @TigerWoods (Professional golfer)
• Andy Raymond – @Andy_Raymond (Television personality)
• Alyssa Healy – @ahealy77 (Australian cricketer)
• Australian National Women’s cricket team – @_SouthernStars
• Alex Blackwell – @AlexBlackwell2 (Australian cricketer)
• Benita Willis – @Benitawillis (Three time Australian Olympian)
• Susan Pratley – @susanswifts (NSW Swifts and Australian Diamonds Player)
• Libby Trickett – @libby_trickett (Australian swimmer)

So you can see, there are many sporting identities from all walks of life you can follow and interact with through Twitter.

Oh, before I forget you can also follow me @shanebrien

Who haven’t I mentioned that you think I should follow? Drop me a line in the comments box below.

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5 Responses to “Athletes, Tweets and Co.”

  1. Richard

    29. Apr, 2011

    Can’t go past @THE_REAL_SHAQ, there is also @lancearmstrong or closer to home @MarkBeretta for a bit of media commentary.

  2. Danielle Warby

    04. May, 2011

    WOW. Not a single woman in that list! I’m not surprised though, considering how little coverage they get in general.

    So full disclosure, I work promoting women’s sport and I’m on Twitter as @SportForWomen (among many others) – Not a ‘sports star’ but engaging in conversation none the less… or at least, I like to think so.

    I recommend checking out @ozziesport and her blog where you’ll find a complete list of all (and I do mean ALL!) Aussie and NZ sports people and organisations on Twitter. Including the women ;-)

    In answer to who engages best, I’d check out @ahealy77 and @AlexBlackwell2 from the @_SouthernStars

  3. Shane Brien

    07. May, 2011

    Hi Danielle,

    Thanks for your comment. It was never my intention to deliberately make an all male list. I apologise if I have offended you or anyone else. I have therefore added your follow suggestions to my blog above along with adding a few of my own.

    Cheers

  4. Shane Brien

    07. May, 2011

    Thanks for your suggestions Richard.

  5. I hardly leave remarks, however i did a few searching and wound up here Athletes, Tweets and Co.

    | Daemon Group Blog. And I do have a couple of questions for you if it’s
    allright. Could it be only me or does it appear like a few of these comments appear like they are coming from brain dead folks?
    :-P And, if you are writing on additional online sites, I would
    like to follow anything fresh you have to post. Could you list of every
    one of all your shared sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

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