Central Ohio is crazy for its sports - no surprise there! The Ohio State buckeyes football dominates TV and other local media. Baseball and basketball follows and hockey and soccer are relatively new, but have a good fan base. Most fans are now Web2.0 savvy and follow blogs, Facebook, and twitter updates along with the TV broadcasts and box-scores. It is now essential to have a Web2.0 component to sports to connect with the fanbase.
These here are my top-five Twitter accounts for (kinda) local sports. At the end, I have also added a couple more that are worth following. I have based these rankings on updates (the right amount), fan interactivity, goodies, and the general 'Twitter-Feel' instead of the old one-point-o (1.0) media.
Top Five - Central Ohio Sports
|The official mascot of Ohio State athletics brings you the official news feed from Buckeye athletics|
|All (or most) Ohio State sports covered by this official OSU sports twitter account. Not as interactive and up-to-date since it has to stay 'official'.|
|The Official Twitter of the 2010 & 2011 Triple-A National Champion Baseball Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians|
|Too many 'buy this' tweets but overall well written and good interactivity and promo information.|
|(Though the Cavaliers are not a local team, there is a large fan-base in C. Ohio)|
Updates from the Plain Dealer's Cavs beat writers Tom Reed and Mary Schmitt Boyer.
|In-game updates, additional insights, and links to articles from Plain Dealer, make it a good collection of Tweets.|
|Official Twitter Site of the Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club|
|Great interactivity with the fans, players updates, retweets, making it great for Jackets fans, though the team could use a boost.|
|Official Twitter feed of Ohio's Major League Soccer club, three-time Supporters' Shield winners and 2008 MLS Cup Champion.|
|The BEST local sports Twitter page with great fan interactivity, updates, trivia, goodies, and in-game updates.|
Honorary Mentions: CavsWitness (a very interactive site on mostly Cleveland sports, but some C-Ohio as well), Buckeye_Nation (all Ohio State University sports, but mostly football)
Technologies discussed: Twitter, Short Messaging Service, SMS
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