With the dawn of social media, fans are now turning to Twitter to follow their favorite teams first-hand at a split-second pace.
NFL organizations have quickly grabbed hold of this concept and are taking advantage of the added exposure for their clubs. Some just do it better than others.
Top 9 Most Followed NFL Twitter Accounts
Description: The Official Twitter Account of the Philadelphia Eagles
In addition to having a beautiful-looking banner alerting fans to the next Eagles game, Philadelphia’s Twitter account gives away tickets to games by means of trivia questions, pro shop discounts with promo codes, and keeps fans informed with timely news updates and quotes from press conferences. Oh, and there’s also an Eagles version of Angry Birds. Win-win.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 27, 2012
Description: Official Twitter Account of the Five-Time Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers. Updated by @scottkegley and @taylorprice49.
The Niners’ Twitter account keeps fans engaged with a heavy use of hashtags such as #MorningTailgate, #WallpaperWednesday, #GamedayLive, #BeatTheChargers, and, of course, #49ers. Adding links to articles from 49ers.com, streaming press conferences, podcasts, and photo galleries from practices, this account will make San Francisco fans feel like they’re just as much a part of the action as anyone else.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) August 29, 2012
Description: Official New Orleans Saints Twitter
Naturally, right now the Saints’ Twitter account is focused on #Isaac, re-tweeting thoughts and prayers by players as well as offering information on open businesses and how to help the Red Cross. Apart from that, the account keeps fans informed with quotes from interim head coach Joe Vitt and practice times, roster moves, and photo galleries.
On Moore’s postgame shirt: Lance “I was clean.” Graham “That’s a Miami shirt.” Brees “Looks like Lance joined Run DMC!” twitpic.com/antfx2
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 26, 2012
Description: The official Twitter account of the 13-time World Champion Green Bay Packers. Super Bowl Champions I, II, XXXI, XLV.
Much like San Francisco’s account, the Packers’ Twitter is heavy on linking out to the official team website with insightful articles, video and photo galleries, and Google+ video chats with the likes of players such as some guy named Aaron Rodgers. Also like the other accounts, quotes from head coach Mike McCarthy are prevalent, with occasional embedded pictures and re-tweets thrown in.
Who do you want to see next? RT
@girlslikewords: Absolutely LOVE watching the Google hangouts with players – keep these coming please!! 🙂
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) August 29, 2012
Description: The official Twitter of the New York Giants!
Apart from a pixelated avatar, the Giants’ Twitter is very aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also one of the more informative accounts on this list. It offers live tweeting of games, locker room photos, live chats during games, and interviews with players. In terms of replies and re-tweets, fan interaction is low, but the page more than makes up for it with content.
Listen to Big Blue Kickoff LIVE presented by Andrew Marc as we ask you to predict the final roster! 201.939.4513 or tweet us
— New York Giants (@Giants) August 30, 2012
Description: The Official Pittsburgh Steelers Tweets
Pittsburgh’s Twitter account is heavy on fan involvement, as tons of their tweets include fan replies or retweets, while offering contest incentives for fans who change their Facebook profile pictures to the Steelers logo. The team also announces news through the page by mentioning athletes on Twitter in the updates. It’s also one of the more excitable accounts, as many of the Steelers’ tweets include exclamation marks.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 30, 2012
Description: Official twitter page for the Dallas Cowboys. By tweeting us, you allow us to use and showcase it in any form of media.
This particular account is big on re-tweeting from Cowboys beat reporters and players, especially during and after games. The hashtag #CowboysNation is a big one, while fans are encouraged to tweet during the game with the possibility of being shown during the broadcast. Other than that, pictures of the team during the course of the week at various events are shown and general news announcements are given.
Send us your thoughts about the 1st half at halftime and we may show yours on our broadcast
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) August 30, 2012
Description: Official New England Patriots Twitter
Like everything else they do, the Patriots do Twitter right. In addition to linking to information about the Patriots’ cheerleaders swimsuit calender launch (with *ahem* pictures), the account also tweets out photos of babies wearing Pats gear, round-table chats with Pro Bowlers, and live action updates of games. Throw in trivia and anecdotes from players, and New England may have the complete package.
Description: This is the official New York Jets Twitter, here to talk Jets football w/ our fans. Contributors: Randy Lange (#RL), Eric Allen (#EA) & John Holt (#JH)
The Jets have a good mix of news updates/information, quotes from players and coaches, and fan involvement with the hashtag #AskTheJets. The live tweets from games are very informative, offering more than just strict play-by-play analysis. The account is well-maintained with three consistent contributors, making sure fans know everything about the team in a timely manner.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 30, 2012
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*NOTE: These statistics are accurate as of August 15, 2012