Dec. 9, 2010
• Sports Fan Graph • Badger Social Network
Madison, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin athletic department has stressed fan interaction and taking advantage of the numerous methods of communication available in these ever-changing times. One of the best ways to do this is through the use of social media and sites like Facebook and Twitter.
According to the latest statistics produced by the website Sports Fan Graph, the University of Wisconsin Athletic program’s main Facebook and Twitter pages rank the department seventh among college athletics social network sites.
The Badgers are the fourth highest among Big Ten Conference programs, and rank 122nd among ALL the professional sports and college sites.
Sports Fan Graph tracks 125,283,503 fans who like teams on Facebook, and 22,098,237 fans who follow teams on Twitter. The data is updated every 12 hours. Ohio State is the top collegiate program, ranking 42nd overall with 646,924 Facebook fans and 5,356 Twitter followers for a combined score of 652,280.
Florida is second among college sites with a combined score of 387,707, followed by Michigan football with 346,360 and LSU football with 297,089. Fifth is Kentucky with 267,130 and No. 6 is Penn State football with 249,014.
Wisconsin with 209,452 Facebook fans and 4,567 Twitter followers on its main accounts ranks seventh with a combined score of 214,019. That number is expected to grow exponentially with Wisconsin’s participation in the 2011 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1.
To show the growth of social media, in a survey of the top athletics programs on Facebook done in May 2010, the Badgers became one of just a handful of college fan sites to go over 100,000 fans joining Ohio State, Kentucky and Texas.
On the Badgers' Facebook page, fans have a connection to all that goes on within Wisconsin Athletics, including breaking news, photos, videos, event promotions and more.
Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers extends far past the Madison campus, touching all corners of the world as the athletics site is followed in 20 countries and in 20 languages. There are also Facebook pages for 14 sports-specific teams at Wisconsin. Check out the listing on the UW social media page.
Another highly-successful venture for the athletic department has been the increased use of Twitter. The department has one all-encompassing account that alerts followers to the headlines on UWBadgers.com as well as retweets from UW sports-specific accounts and mentions from other sources.
There are also 12 sport-specific Twitter accounts that give fans an inside look at the sports while tweeting news, blogs, updates and other info found around the web. Head football coach Bret Bielema also has an account to give UW football fans a glimpse into his world. And web contributor and media legend Mike Lucas has a Twitter account for Lucas at Large.
Wisconsin athletics also features its own official channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/WisconsinAthletics, where fans can view videos of interviews, feature stories and special events.
As always, fans can access the most up-to-date news, scores and schedules, statistics, photos and videos at www.UWBadgers.com, the official website of Wisconsin athletics.
One other vehicle that fans have enjoyed the last few years is the Badger Insider email. Six sports, including football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's hockey and volleyball, have insider emails. During the season, members of the UW Athletic Communications staff construct these emails to keep fans informed on the happenings of each sport, through links to stories on UWBadgers.com, local papers that cover the Badgers or news from around the web. Fans can sign up here to become a Badger Insider.
One of the newest ways to keep up with the team is a subscription to the brand new weekly online newsletter, “Varsity.” The magazine debuted Dec. 7, 2010, and will continue weekly throughout the winter and spring sports seasons. Check out the first edition. Subscibe on the Bucky Mail page.
With so many ways to follow the Badgers, UW fans are becoming more informed than ever. Be sure to sign up today to show your Badger pride while staying current with all UW athletics news.
SFG COLLEGE SITES (as of 12/9/2010)
No.- Overall Rank/School (Combined Facebook/Twitter score)
1) 42 Ohio State (652,280)
2) 72 Florida (387,707)
3) 82 Michigan Football (346,360)
4) 89 LSU football (297,089)
5) 101 Kentucky (267,130)
6) 109 Penn State Football (249,014)
7) 122 Wisconsin (214,019)
8) 125 Oklahoma (204,519)
9) 142 Iowa (168,224)
10) 143 North Carolina (167,562)
11) 146 Oregon
12) 149 Michigan State
13) 164 Alabama
14) 166 Southeastern Conf
15) 171 South Carolina
16) 179 Arkansas
17) 185 Penn State
18) 186 Syracuse
19) 204 Washington
20) 206 Nebraska
21) 208 Tennessee
22) 209 Louisiana State
23) 220 Minnesota
24) 221 Texas A & M
25) 227 Oregon State