In 2010, we’ve seen professional athletes come a long way in social media, and perhaps there’s no better platform as evidence of this than Twitter. The amount of engagement in the last year going on in the space has been phenomenal but after doing polls on the top sports professionals and top sports resources of 2010, we were curious to see who you thought the top athlete on twitter was. For more information how each athlete has ‘won’ using Twitter, read below the fold. Voting will end on next Monday and we’ll announce all the winners shortly after!
Steve Nash @SteveNash
Not only does Nash engage with fans through videos, parodies, and behind the scenes content, but he also deserves praise for assisting teammates like Grant Hill and Jared Dudley for getting on Twitter. As a whole, his Phoenix Suns are one of these most active teams on Twitter, period.
Shaquille O’Neal @THE_REAL_SHAQ
You could say he’s the Godfather of all athletes on social media – the first big name in sports to engage users with Twitter. Some even say he alluded to the overall success of Twitter. He has since cooled off, but his antics and engagement are still as fun as ever.
Robbie Rogers @RobbieRogers
Although soccer is hardly a grassroots sport, it’s not as popular in America as it ought to be. However, Robbie Rogers has quietly built a strong fan base for himself as a member of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew through a healthy dose of engagement, and using creative ways to give out swag.
Chad Ochocinco @ogochocinco
He’s quirky, eccentric, and often gets suspended from Twitter. But he’s real, and fans love him for that.
Paul Bissonnette @BizNasty2point0
The resident no-name athlete turned Twitter superstar. He is probably the least known on this list of athletes, and yet I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win at all. His personality, charisma, and ability to make light of serious situations while remaining genuine is second to none. He routinely pokes fun of his own playing time (not a lot), and talks a lot about the homeless. How could you not vote for this zinger?
Kevin Durant @KDthunderup
When KD’s not on the court practicing, he spends a lot of time engaging with his fan base, hosting Q&A sessions on Twitter, and showing exclusive content creatively through his ‘neighbor‘.
Nate Robinson @Nate_Robinson
Boy, can you tell that basketball players are dominating social media right now? Nate is another one of those mid-tier players who has elevated their brand using social media tools. However, he is also a hustler, as I’ve personally seen him tweeting at obscene hours of the day.
Tiger Woods @TigerWoods
In a desperation move to save what’s left of his public figure, Tiger turned to Twitter, and so far the response has been positive. Will it be enough?
Kerry Rhodes @KERRYRHODES
Like Shaq, Kerry was a pioneer of sorts on Twitter. Partly of his success on the space, practically the whole New York Jets (his former team) roster is now on Twitter. Not too shabby.
Larry Fitzgerald @LarryFitzgerald
Larry is an example of a guy who ‘gets it’. He engages with his fans, and talks sports with them. It isn’t always about him, or even football, but he’s a true listener and his 600,000 fans love him for it.
LeBron James @KingJames
We’ve talked about the possibilities for LeBron if he embraced social media for a long time, and it appears he has finally done so. It’s not without controversy, but when you’ve got a reach that big, every step you take is analyzed. However, when the chalk clears, LeBron may still end up gaining more on the social media space than anyone else here.
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