Today, SI.com has released the website’s annual Twitter 100 (#SITwitter100), a list of the top 100 people you should be following in the sports world on the microblogging service, as selected by SI’s staffers. In addition, in a partnership with Twitter, the coverage also includes the top 10 sports moments of the year (#Storylines).
The Twitter 100 list is published in alphabetical order. Just how were the selections made? SI said editors polled Sports Illustrated and SI.com staffers to come up with a group of recommended follows. They received hundreds of suggestions but whittled down the list to the Top 100. SI wants to hear fan/reader feedback to @SINow, using the hashtag #SITwitter100.
Some of the people included on the list include:
• Basketball player Kobe Bryant @KobeBryant;
• USA National Team swimmer Missy Franklin @FranklinMissy;
• Actor Samuel L. Jackson (“Coach Carter” and other films) @SamuelLJackson;
• Boxer Floyd Mayweather @FloydMayweather; and
• ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale @DickieV.
“Twitter’s the platform of choice for athletes and coaches to share vital news about their health, their careers, and their lives off the court or field,” SI.com managing editor Matt Bean told SocialTimes. “Consider this: In the last year alone we’ve seen several Twitter holdouts from the sports world join up: Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, and Mario Balotelli to name a few. If stars of that magnitude are communicating directly with the world using the platform, then we’re duty-bound to incorporate it into our reporting and publishing strategy.”
The top 10 sports moments include data and graphics with total tweets, popular hashtags, most retweeted posts.
A third component to the article is “The Five Spot,” in which Brittney Griner, David Price, Connor Barwin, Logan Couture and Logan Morrison pick their five most essential followers on Twitter, such as Bryce Harper, Drake, Odyssey Sims, and Ellen DeGeneres.
To read the complete coverage, go to si.com/twitter100.