The Twitter Outlook

One of the things that I will be doing in this broadcasting blog is looking at the social media side of things, as I feel this encompasses broadcasting, in that broadcasting nowadays also covers social media.

The Twitter Outlook is a post I shall do once a week (there or there about), and the purpose is quite simple – to list the top ten F1 drivers’ and teams’ with the highest Twitter followers, as well as those with the biggest increases and smallest increases. In the rare occasion I will maybe note if any driver or team actually loses followers. Losing followers is incredibly rare, although I recall in the football Barcelona losing several thousand followers when Chelsea beat them to reach the UEFA Champions League Final.

Every F1 team has a Twitter account, while the only three drivers’ not to have a Twitter account are Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen.

01 – 918,347 – Jenson Button (McLaren)
02 – 778,415 – Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
03 – 438,569 – Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
04 – 389,998 – Bruno Senna (Williams)
05 – 316,482 – Mark Webber (Red Bull)
06 – 181,923 – Sergio Perez (Sauber)
07 – 145,326 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
08 – 141,523 – Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham)
09 – 140,571 – Pastor Maldonaldo (Williams)
10 – 121,987 – Pedro de la Rosa (HRT)
11 – 109,995 – Paul di Resta (Force India)
12 – 99,592 – Narain Karthikeyan (HRT)
13 – 71,341 – Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
14 – 67,348 – Vitaly Petrov (Caterham)
15 – 66,804 – Timo Glock (Marussia)
16 – 64,216 – Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
17 – 47,753 – Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)
18 – 36,938 – Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
19 – 23,710 – Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso)
20 – 17,048 – Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)
21 – 10,310 – Charles Pic (Marussia)

The drivers’ list in some places there are surprises, but the overall top few in the pecking order should not really be a surprise. The two main British drivers’ of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton inevitably lead the way, with Button very close to breaking 1 million followers, and will probably do so in the next few months. Behind them, is Fernando Alonso. Normally, that is not surprising – but the fact that he has only had a Twitter account for one and a half months and already jumped up to third and amassed over half a million followers means that he will probably end up breaking 1 million at some point this year as well. While Alonso has his Spanish army, Bruno Senna and Mark Webber follow behind with their Brazilian and Australian armies respectively, both with only 300 thousand people following their activities. One of the reasons as well I think these five have many more followers than the rest is that they tend to tweet regularly which is important for keeping the ‘audience’ in contact and building the follower list.

Moving outside of the top 5 – and you have a driver per country essentially (Mexico, Germany, Finland, Venezuela) before you get to Pedro de la Rosa. Looking at his Twitter, he doesn’t seem to tweet a lot, so this surprises me. I think it will probably be because he is Spanish and therefore has ‘the Alonso effect’. The same applies with Paul di Resta and the effect surrounding Button and Hamilton. Behind di Resta, you dip below 100 thousand and once you get below Karthikeyan’s Indian army you’re left with a cluster of F1 drivers’ – 9 drivers below 75 thousand. For those wondering why Felipe Massa is down there, he, like Alonso, only joined Twitter in late March, thus I expect him to clear 100 thousand sometime soon. It shall be interesting to monitor this list as drivers’ have good or bad races.

01 – 256,334 – Ferrari
02 – 181,267 – McLaren
03 – 123,449 – Mercedes
04 – 106,032 – Red Bull
05 – 101,231 – Lotus
06 – 70,884 – Caterham
07 – 62,442 – Marussia
08 – 60,587 – Force India
09 – 54,859 – Williams
10 – 48,315 – Sauber
11 – 44,168 – HRT
12 – 38,210 – Toro Rosso

Moving to the teams, and Ferrari on top shouldn’t be any surprise considering the huge worldwide appeal they have, not only in Europe. It also shows with as a brand Ferrari is important to Formula One. Behind them, you have the other important brands above 100 thousand – McLaren, Mercedes, Red Bull and Lotus. Someone is probably going to point out Red Bull’s other Twitter account Red Bull F1 Spy. I could have added 106,032 to the amount for that Twitter, but it maybe that nearly all of the Red Bull F1 Spy’s followers follow the other account so I could get a false result, which would defeat the purpose of this. Behind the main 5, you have Caterham in 6th who seem to have a loyal following from their Team Lotus days. Like in the drivers standings, you then have a cluster of teams, none of which are major brands. The only team likely to advance up that list is Williams, but only if they show the results on the track.

I’ll keep an eye on the Twitter followers every week as I said above, and post updates on here. Comments and thoughts, as always are welcome.

Driver and Team statistics as of Monday 30th April 2012.

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