It’s amazing how far Twitter seems to have come over the past year or so. It is quite literally everywhere and seemingly everyone (and everything) has an account.
These 140-character messages can pack a punch and have both added and detracted from various people’s fame and relevance.
Last week Sports Illustrated released its Twitter 100, a list of the top 100 Twitter accounts that are sports related.
Here’s how SI explained the list:
“As we mark Twitter’s fifth anniversary, it’s a good time to acknowledge the social media site’s influence on the sports landscape. Every NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL franchise has a Twitter presence and its impact on news has been profound, as SI.com’s Jon Wertheim reports in this story. For SI.com’s inaugural Twitter 100, we polled more than 50 Sports Illustrated staffers — from reporters to writers to editors — who are hard-core Twitter users and asked them which feeds they considered essential to their daily routine for finding news, information and entertainment from the sports world. We gave them one guideline: You could not choose anyone associated with SI or our main Twitter feed (@SINow). After weeks of debating the endless possibilities, we’ve whittled down the list to our top 100, which we present in alphabetical order (click here to view by sport).
*Of course, we know this list is subjective and we want hear from you about who we left out and where we screwed up. Weigh in with your thoughts here.“
Utilizing what Journalism 101 skills I have — how can you make a national story relevant to your local audience? — I got to thinking and the obvious query followed.
What I plan on doing is releasing a Top 25 list next Monday, but I’d like your help.
What are the 25 must-follow Ole Miss athletics specific Twitter accounts?
The guidelines are pretty basic. The accounts can range from administration, to players, to media (I’m on the fence if accounts like @OleMissNow should be accepted…).
Kyle Veazey (@KyleVeazey), the former Clarion-Ledger scribe who is now at the Commercial Appeal, was the first account that came to mind because, lets face it, he’s the king when it comes to the volume (good substance, too!) in which he tweeted and blogged while on the Ole Miss beat at the CL.
To help aid the process I’ve made a few lists that I update regularly (keep in mind the language and subject matter of said accounts isn’t always PG. You’ve been warned):
—Ole Miss baseball
—Ole Miss football
—Ole Miss hoops (July 18, 2011)