Double top: Man Utd return to lead weekly Twitter and Facebook rankings

By Paul Nicholson

October 28 – It has been a strong week for growth in Twitter numbers with nearly 270,000 new followers across the Premier League clubs who were seemingly unaffected by the hackers who broke into the US based Dyn servers that brought the social media platform down.

Manchester United returned to the top of the weekly table with 64,000 new followers but Arsenal, who had led for the past two weeks weren’t far behind with 59,700.

It is worth noting that Manchester City are steadily increasing their weekly growth totals of new followers from about 18,000 a week at start of the season to 28,300 this week. But they still have a long way to go to beat Liverpool who are in 3rd place and who were 10,000 ahead of them for the week and are 2.7 million ahead overall.

The biggest drop off is Chelsea who put on only 22,300 new followers, this is only half their number of new followers they were averaging weekly last season.

West Ham are (still) nearly at the 1 million follower mark.

Southampton have worked the hardest this week with 380 tweets. West Ham also had a busy week with 370 tweets. What is unusual is that Man Utd, generally in the bottom half of the table when it comes to number of tweets, made 370 tweets this week – perhaps spurred into action by losing ground in previous weeks.

Facebook powerhouse

Man Utd also notched up a very impressive total of nearly 89,000 new Facebook likes this week with Chelsea continuing to have a stronger presence in Facebook than Twitter with just over 48,000 new likes, the second highest total.

The differential between the top ranking teams and the bottom ranking teams is noticeable much higher within Facebook than Twitter.

Man Utd has 64,000 new Twitter followers but nearly 90K new Facebook likes. In comparison Burnley at the bottom of the Twitter league had 1,700 new twitter followers but only 582 new Facebook likes.

Burnley need to make themselves more lovable to the Facebook community.

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Source for all tables: Insideworldfootball.com

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