Last October I looked at the who was the Top Figure Skating Tweeps out there. With a season now behind us...I decided to take another look to see where things currently stand in the skating "Twitterverse."
Here is the current Top 10 Figure Skating Tweeps:
#10 Daisuke Takahashi (14,405)
#9 Mirai Nagasu (15,568)
#8 Fumie Suguri (18,046)
#7 Miki Ando (22,363)
#6 Evgeny Plushenko (22,841)
#5 Kristi Yamaguchi (25,464)
#4 Joannie Rochette (26,868)
#3 Evan Lysacek (63,752)
#2 Johnny Weir (95,794)
#1 Kim Yu-Na (356,355)
There have been some change in the results. Japanese skaters are showing up on Twitter and they have big followings. Miki Ando, Daisuke Takahashi, and Fumie Suguri have all made the top 10. Only Nagasu held her ground to stay in the top 10 with Belbin, Chan, and Abbott all getting the boot! Past Ando the placements are unchanged. Women have taken over with 6 in the top 10. Kristi remains the only "Pro" skater to be in the field. Now, all the skaters are single skaters (with Belbin's exit). And the Queen (Kim) is still queen...in a huge way.
I decided to look at the numbers in a different way. Rather than looking at # of followers, I looked at % increase in followers which painted a different story. How do they rank (excpet Ando, Suguri, and Takahashi who I didn't have info on last Oct.) by percent increase of followers?
#9 Evan Lysacek + 8%
#8 Patrick Chan + 31% (No Longer in Top 10)
#7 Kim Yu-Na + 34%
#6 Mirai Nagasu + 34.5%
#5 Johnny Weir + 37%
#4 Jeremy Abbott + 41% (No Longer in Top 10)
#3 Joannie Rochette + 44%
#2 Kristi Yamaguchi + 66%
#1 Evgeny Plushenko + 91%
Wow! The Olympic Champ is struggling! In a more and more socially connected world he was only able to increase his Twitter following by 8%...yikes. The bright-lights of Vancouver are fading...might explain his recent indication that he may be returning to competition. I feel like that was a poor quarterly earnings report.
The rest of the field has made nice gains...but one crushes them all...Plushenko! He's almost doubled his Twitter following. This shows he has a dedicated social core and with his subsequent return to competition I suspect this number will continue to rise as well.
Why has Kristi Yamaguchi gained so many followers? Does someone know something I don't?