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Spring 2012 Tiger twitter rankings

April 18, 2012

It is no secret that I love to follow all the Tigers buzz on Twitter. Last winter I composed a twitter list sorted by number of followers.  It is interesting to see the differences in the amount of attention that different accounts receive. Now I have updated this numbers so we can look at how the follower total for these accounts have changed.

By way of introduction here are some criteria for who I included.

  1. The account must have primarily Tigers content. I’ve made a couple of exceptions with the FSN folks.
  2. Players must have played in the Majors this season. Sorry Jacob Turner. There are many minor league guys on twitter. I hope to do a profile on those next month.
  3. Since my last rankings there have been 100,000 new Tigers parody accounts. I am only including new ones I find entertaining. However if they were on my last list they have been grandfathered in even though they might suck.
  4. If you find a violation of these rules, tough shit, it’s my list.
  5. If you are tourqued your account wasn’t included please comment or tweet me to be included in the summer rankings (if I think you are worth including, ha!)
I have organized the tweeps by the number of followers. I also included their previous number of followers and their previous rankings along with the percent change and rank change. One more interesting note; in 2011 the number of twitter users grew by 31.9%, so it is almost expected that most established accounts would grow by at least that amount annually. (this percentage growth is just for one quarter obviously…do your own math)
Spring 2012 Rank Handle Spring 2012 followers Winter 2011 followers Winter 2011 rank % Change Rank Change snarky comments
1 @JustinVerlander 145,714 88,849 1 64% 0 The ace of the staff. I’m pretty sure some faceless PR company is running his account. Follow his brother @verly32 too.
2 @Tigers 95,006 39,469 3 141% 1 The Tigers consolidated their accounts, smart move. Now front office and marketing are under one account
3 @FoxSportsDet 25,675 19,823 4 30% 1 This is – Fox Sports (or so I’ve been told)
4 @RodAllen12 22,129 17,708 6 25% 2 I see ya big fella.
5 @JohnPaulWhite 19,938 N/A N/R N/A N/A A new comer. Half of the musical duo The Civil Wars and a big Tigers fan
6 @mario_impemba 17,912 13,542 8 32% 2 Abbott to Rod’s Costello
7 @tigersMlive 16,736 15,119 7 11% 0 The comments are more entertaining than the articles
8 @bobwojnowski 15,839 11,457 9 38% 1 I left him on, but not so much Tigs content lately
9 @Detroit4lyfe 14,464 2,825 22 412% 13 I can’t say I read Detroit4lyfe. May have to start
10 @beckjason 12,615 9,966 10 27% 0 If you are afraid of Jason Beck you aren’t paranoid, you’re smart.
11 @FSDetroit_Girls 10,592 5,920 13 79% 2 Now a threesome! (no not with you, you perv)
12 @DannyWorth29 9,694 6,681 11 45% -1 Danny Worth can tweet with his glove on, he’s that good.
13 @Ballystar40 8,277 N/A N/R N/A N/A Collin Balestar.
14 @Dan_Dickerson 8,115 6,502 12 25% -2 The voice of the Tigers. Great recaps after each game.
15 @freeptigers 7,945 5,708 14 39% -1 Tigers news from the Freep
16 @Max_Scherzer 7,025 N/A N/R N/A N/A Max is a good tweeter. Just needs to do more.
17 @Tom_Gage 6,651 4,813 15 38% -2 Measurer of spring training home runs
18 @drunkmiggy 6,258 2,821 23 122% 5 One drunken oops and you get a twitter account. Burp
19 @philcokesbrain 5,813 3,090 21 88% 2 Yours truly
20 @JohnKeatingFSD 5,590 3,479 18 61% -2 He looks bigger in person
21 @SmylyD 4,909 N/A N/R N/A N/A #5 in the rotation, #1 in our hearts
22 @RyanFieldFSD 4,864 N/A N/R N/A N/A Ryan Seacrest
23 @FatCatPrince 4,747 N/A N/R N/A N/A
24 @Lynn_Henning 4,548 1,217 34 274% 10 He has 273% more followers. Can’t argue with results
25 @Shannon_Hogan 4,354 2,781 24 57% -1 I love me some Shannon :-) Hi Shannon!
26 @blessyouboys 4,318 3,436 19 26% -7 So good! I’m kissing up so I can be on the podcast someday
27 @fakeleyland 4,221 2,209 28 91% 1 These remarks are total bullshit. Who does this crap?
28 @iamtrevort 4,124 2,657 25 55% -3 Tell me about how [starting pitcher] looked to you today?
29 @RodAllenQuotes 3,827 3,381 20 13% -9 Can’t get enough Rod. #twss
30 @Chris_Iott 3,515 2,480 27 42% -3 Chris’ twitter is awesome. A must follow. Always fun.
31 @suss2hyphens 3,236 2,488 26 30% -5 JOKES!
32 @ChrisVannini 3,070 1,978 30 55% -2 He’s doing more Tigers stuff again now. Was super Spartan all winter
33 @Stareagle 2,468 2,161 29 14% -4 A very fun and informative feed, a must follow
34 @FSDwakiji 1,934 N/A N/R N/A N/A She’s on hockey a lot, but more Tigers stuff later I would guess
35 @Cmo_27 1,907 N/A N/R N/A N/A Craig Monroe – The guy knows how to wear a suit
36 @billfer 1,879 1,834 31 2% -5 The Godfather of Tigers bloggers, may call in a favor any day now
37 @spacemnkymafia 1,837 1,635 32 12% -5 He stays up late, he tweets about baseball – what more do you want?
38 @AdamWilk58 1,686 661 52 155% 14 This is the real Adam Wilk – there are no Adam Wilk parody accounts
39 @PapaGrande46 1,659 N/A N/R N/A N/A This is the real Jose Valverde – there are 100 Valverde parody accounts
40 @iancass 1,592 1,481 33 7% -7 He writes about the National League. It’s like we don’t even know him anymore
41 @newstigers 1,467 1,152 37 27% -4
42 @EasyPapaGrande 1,421 201 73 607% 31 Parody Valverde account
43 @matthewbmowery 1,363 1,076 38 27% -5 Love Matthew. Great sense of humor.
44 @TigersFanZone 1,248 1,183 35 5% -9 No idea
45 @rdsanti39 1,236 N/A N/R N/A N/A The real Ramon Santiago has fewer followers than 4 parody accounts
46 @jamesscheml 1,227 762 47 61% 1 HELP! SEND VOWELS!
47 @SKORNACKI 1,199 1,009 39 19% -8 Still on vacation in Fiji or something.
48 @BR_DETTigers 1,194 1,177 36 1% -12 If it’s on Bleacher Report and not written by @iancass, don’t read it
49 @WalkoffWoodward 1,183 N/A N/R N/A N/A Mr. Doc Worn and grown his blog and twitter very well. Good work!
50 @catswithbats 1,165 901 42 29% -8 FKA @littlestclouds Nothing Tigers related escapes her gaze. She’s the Sauron of Tiger’s tweeters.
51 @Life_In_The_D 1,154 N/A N/R N/A N/A
52 @Justin_Rogers 1,122 826 45 36% -7
53 @tigersblog 1,071 959 40 12% -13 No idea
54 @ScoutTigers 1,023 N/A N/R N/A N/A
55 @JohnLowe86 1,018 936 41 9% -14
56 @norunsupport 998 742 48 35% -8 Everyone’s favorite moderately grumpy baseball girlfriend.
57 @DailyFungo 994 887 44 12% -13
58 @Big_Al_TWFE 980 896 43 9% -15 BlessYouBoys podcaster extrodinaire!
59 @RoarTigers 978 568 58 72% -1 Half the images in any Tigers related Google Image Search are hers
60 @DNR_Rogo 964 575 57 68% -3 Half the hits for any Tigers related term + any swear word link to his blog
61 @ColangeloTigers 920 649 53 42% -8 He works for the Tigers. I don’t know if he can play 2nd so don’t ask.
62 @tigstown 911 708 49 29% -13 TigsTown is a very good blog for people who aren’t poor.
63 @TigsTownMark 903 797 46 13% -17 TigsTown!
64 @TigersScorecard 873 690 51 27% -13 A Tigers Blog!
65 @MakeAveKurt 791 624 55 27% -10 Donner’s manservant and chieftain of BlessYouBoys
66 @DisplacedTgrFan 763 502 60 52% -6 I wish I had his beer budget
67 @TweetingTigers 721 N/A N/R N/A N/A @bilfer compiled a list of Tigers Tweeters
68 @AceRHPDonKelly 677 N/A N/R N/A N/A A parody account that isn’t. Good stuff.
69 @MotownTigers 676 605 56 12% -13 This is some kind of message board where the old people go.
70 @TonyPaul1984 600 N/A N/R N/A N/A
71 @Jkunkel7 590 N/A N/R N/A N/A New to the list is our new bullpen catcher!
72 @TigersWTF 566 506 59 12% -13 WTF?
73 @JohnJParent 561 465 62 21% -11 His big cheezy grin profile photo always gets my attention
74 @Detroit4lyfeRob 557 N/A N/R N/A N/A Rob
75 @mlbtrtigers 539 441 63 22% -12 Trade rumors
76 @tiger337 535 408 64 31% -12 NUMBERS!!
77 @JAYRC_MCB 520 280 67 86% -10
78 @DeeTownTigers 506 490 61 3% -17
79 @Garretkc 494 N/A N/R N/A N/A When I was his age the Expos existed.
80 @FakeGeneLamont 491 349 65 41% -15 meh
81 @NotRyanRaburn 399 297 66 34% -15 meh
82 @TigersGameday 384 252 68 52% -14
83 @StachOBally 363 N/A N/R N/A N/A A tweeting mustache, that’s rediculous
84 @Tigerdog_1 331 203 72 63% -12 Y U NO FOLLOW @TIGERDOG_1?!
85 @FakeLloydMcC 295 231 70 28% -15 meh
86 @SabreRoseTiger 288 N/A N/R N/A N/A She recently unblocked me. Good source for Latin baseball news
87 @PrettyBoyBoesch 286 214 71 34% -16 meh
88 @Tigercub33 279 N/A N/R N/A N/A
89 @tokarzontigers 245 190 74 29% -15 If A=B and B=C then Tokarz is a nerd.
90 @FakeDombrowski 238 176 75 35% -15 Meh
91 @eliatthetigers 238 138 76 72% -15 Never listens to my giveaway suggestions
92 @DSN_Sports 230 N/A N/R N/A N/A New to the list is our new bullpen catcher!
93 @DaveDumbrowski 224 N/A N/R N/A N/A meh
94 @FakeAndyDirks 210 114 77 84% -17 meh
95 @MCB_johnverburg 206 N/A N/R N/A N/A
96 @VivaTigres 205 N/A N/R N/A N/A She’s hellbent on figuring out who I am.
97 @MattinToledo 196 N/A N/R N/A N/A
98 @ComericaParkDJ 161 N/A N/R N/A N/A AKA @djleej – tweet him your requests to hear them at CoPa
99 @ChampaignCaviar 158 N/A N/R N/A N/A
100 @DFASchlereth 152 N/A N/R N/A N/A meh
101 @angeladawn26 138 N/A N/R N/A N/A :-)
102 @AlmostHenning 137 N/A N/R N/A N/A A rising star among parody accounts. It helps to have an easy target
103 @RestOfPhilCoke 135 N/A N/R N/A N/A So yeah, this exists
104 @Theghostofrocky 130 N/A N/R N/A N/A Must follow for the semi regular Tiger Haiku
105 @FakeRodAllen 114 95 78 20% -27 meh
106 @TheBrowski 90 66 80 36% -26 meh
107 @CntryStrongTigs 78 N/A N/R N/A N/A Travie has been working on his blog and has good interviews.
108 @TAATigers 77 N/A N/R N/A N/A
109 @CokeAddicts40 61 53 81 15% -28 My poor, poor fanclub :-(
110 @Tigers_ebooks 39 N/A N/R N/A N/A If you follow this, you belong to a secret club of nerds
111 @SarahDrielts 37 N/A N/R N/A N/A A fan!
112 @April_in_the_D 37 N/A N/R N/A N/A A blog by girls!
@OFFICIAL_TIGERS 0 59,212 2 This account became @Tigers. And @Tigers became @Tigers_former in order to phase it out. Got it?
Exiting
n/a @willrhymes 18,004 5 Moved on to Tampa Bay’s organization, still small though
@RobbieW19 4,313 16 No big league appearances, off the list.
@Jacob_Turner22 4,238 17 See you back on the list soon.
@ZumayasElbow 695 50 Sorry, so very sorry
@Wbetemit 629 54 WILLLLLLLSOOOONNNN
@Not_AJackson14 239 69 Account deleted, I think.
@lilWillyRhymes 72 79 Big Will is gone, so is little Will

UPDATE:

This is portion of the blog post where I apologize to the people I missed.

@MelissaHeyboer, 729 followers, She composes the link “round ups” at Bless You Boys. It’s always a good way to waste 1-2 hours at work

@DanFenner, 436 followers, reporter for the Oakland Press

@ChrisDallasTX, 77 followers, his avatar scares me

@jwagnerblade, 825 followers, Mr. Wagner does a terrific job covering the MudHens.  He is a great follow if you are interested in callups/transactions/minor league notes and the like.

Correction - @CntryStrngTgrs, 1202 followers, Travie Wade’s account and blog. I had the wrong handle and greatly undersold him.

Last one. I am adding @Brandon_Inge to parody account probation.  He has 510 followers. I’m pretty suspect.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. dentedcardoor permalink
    April 18, 2012 11:18 pm

    @Theghostofrocky is one of the most underrated tweeters. The haiku and Raburn’s journal are awesome.

  2. Alexandra permalink
    April 18, 2012 11:32 pm

    “She’s the Sauron of Tiger’s tweeters.” I wish I knew what this meant. :(

  3. rocky permalink
    April 19, 2012 9:40 am

    I am humbled, sir. My haikus don’t fall alone. In forest, unheard.

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