According to Twitter, a list is “…a curated group of Twitter users. You can create your own lists or subscribe to lists created by others. Viewing a list timeline will show you a stream of Tweets from only the users on that list.”
Just over a month ago I had absolutely no idea what Twitter was, let alone this strange idea of a ‘list.’ Well, hang on; I wasn’t exactly living under a rock. I knew Twitter was some sort of social media site, but I had no idea how useful it actually could be. I thought people just ‘tweeted’ in 140 characters or less all about what they had for breakfast or how cold it was outside.
Don’t get me wrong, I have had my fair share of useless ‘good night Twitter’ tweets in the past month. However I have also discovered all of the positives as well as the endless possibilities of Twitter. Twitter gives each individual a voice. It gives you the power to spread news that may otherwise be considered insignificant in more professional news forums. Twitter gives you the opportunity to ‘follow’ and contact real life celebrities and sporting heroes. Yes, I know. How exciting. Real life famous people. You can’t do that on Facebook.
In accordance with this blog “Emerging Athletes, Emerging Fans,” I have compiled my own list of ‘must-follow’ Twitter handles which I think you, as my reader should definitely pay some attention to. You can view it here. Whether an athlete yourself or just a mad sports fan, these are the people that you will definitely want to keep an eye out for.
Currently I have a combination of young sporting stars, coaches and sporting venues on my list. In addition I have followed @morphsuits to keep up to date with the strange but eye-catching costumes worn by some fans to sporting events, as well as a few sporting organisations aimed specifically at younger athletes.
The aim of my list is to filter out those unnecessary ‘good night tweets’ and keep up to date with the results and successes of young sports stars. This can provide me with information and resources for future blog posts, as well as helping these talented athletes to be recognised. Through their tweets, I hope to gain insight into the dedicated lives they live. I also endeavour to become more familiar with the more ‘unknown’ athletes and track their performances.
A list of Twitter ‘must follows’ for emerging athletes and dedicated sport fans:
Firstly I followed an array of young sports stars…
1. Luke Saville (@LukeSaville18)- Luke is a 19 year old, Australian Junior Tennis Player. In 2011 he won the Boys Singles at the Wimbledon Championships and last year he won the Boys Singles at the Australian Open. He is formerly Number 1 in the Junior World Rankings. Luke is relatively new to Twitter but has tweeted about his matches, and also about his life in general and what he is up to.
2. Thanasi Kokkinakis (@TKokkinakis)- Kokkinakis made a name for himself when he replaced the injured John Isner and Tommy Haas during the Hopman Cup earlier this year. Only 16 years of age at the time, he played alongside Venus Williams and later took on former top 10 player Fernando Verdasco. Kokkinakis’ tweets include updates on his training as well as other sporting results he follows. Definitely one to keep an eye on.
3. Ash Barty (@ashbar96)– Barty is 16 years old. She won Junior Wimbledon Championships in July 2011. Earlier this year Barty defeated former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and partnered Casey Dellacqua in Women’s Doubles at the Australian Open. They made it to the Grand Final. Barty regularly tweets about her tennis results and her performances as well as her love for the Richmond Football Club.
5. Nathan Green (ng_green)- At 19 years of age, Green is the youngest player playing Victorian Premier Cricket 2 XI. He was also rookie of the year this season. Has not tweeted a great deal as of yet, but definitely one to look out for.
A coach provides an alternative perspective…
6. Roger Rasheed (@roger_rasheed) – Former coach of Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt and current coach of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Rasheed provides a different perspective on the sport. He also has a lot to do with the media, particularly during the Australian Open Coverage. His tweets include several sporting updates, helping you stay in the loop.
Thirdly sporting organisations full of emerging young talent…
7. Big V Basketball (@bigv_ball)- The largest senior basketball competition in Australia. Tweets regularly about everything and anything to do with basketball. Good to track emerging athletes.
8. Dandenong Stingrays (@DandyStingrays)-A leading Club within the AFL Victoria TAC Cup Under 18 Competition. Have nearly had 100 players drafted onto AFL lists since they started up. Tweets include footy results as well as future talent to watch out for.
10. SW Academy of Sport (@SWSport Academy)- As their bio states, they “work to improve sporting excellence in our region providing pathways for emerging juniors to compete at State & National level.” The most similar twitter handle to my blog. Tweets include individual athlete and team results. Great way to find emerging talent.
And because everyone loves the MCG…
12. Melbourne Cricket Gd (@MCG)- Australia’s famous sport’s stadium, and the tenth largest in the world, provides updates on AFL matches throughout the season as well as keeping you in the loop about all things sport.
Great to keep up to date with the fans…
13. Morphsuits (@morphsuits)- After attracting lots of attention and publicity myself, wearing Morph suits to the 2012-2013 Australian Open, Morphsuits is fantastic to follow as they post updates and pictures of people in their suits. Particularly interested about tweets of sports fans at various events. Don’t have to be famous, just have to be brave.
The list is still growing.
Follow my list on Twitter here
And of course Follow me @alyssia099 and tweet me your ideas.
Did I miss someone? Then let me know. Open to comments and feedback regarding this list 🙂