PeerIndex is delighted to bring you the English Premier League of Online Influence. Which club is the most influential on Social Media? If league position was based on their players’ influence rather than ability, where would your team be placed? The table below provides the answers:
(I already regret doing this. The Baggies, bottom of the league!)
Footballers and Twitter go together like Bush snr. and Politics. Regardless of your feelings towards either (and PeerIndex have none, we are politically neutral!), the results are usually fascinating and often controversial. Generally, this is fantastic for us fans and the general public.
Since the dawn of the English Premier League, the profile of our players has gone through the roof. Now, more than ever before, we are given the opportunity to hear the innermost, unfiltered thoughts of the players that we idolise and despise. The players that we watch on Television and pay shedloads of money to watch in the cold and rain. The players that send us into raptures with that tackle, that goal, that inexplicable miss from 8 inches out…*
Apology: I am a West Brom fan. Because of this, I was eager to look at teams and players across the entire Premier League, not just the so called ‘Big Four’ and certainly not just the players that you see in the tabloids having committed another Twitter faux-pas. I hope that you see this as a good thing. Incidentally, Azeem (our CEO) is a West Ham fan. Even we don’t have the power to stretch the Premier League to include the mighty Irons, though (although I do wish them luck with their promotion push!).
Surprisingly, there are similarities between current actual league position and the average online influence of a team. There are probably pundits out there who would have bet on that bottom three before a ball was kicked at the start of the season. An optimistic Arsenal fan might even have took a stab at that top two!
What are your thoughts? Surprised by where your club is placed? Let them know! Tell them to up their game! Feel free to tell your players how they compare against their rivals.
In case you want to understand a bit more about how we go about our business of measuring online influence, you can get a good explanation at PeerIndex.com. If you are interested in a more detailed discussion of the theory behind online influence, we are soon launching series of posts right here. Be sure to follow us so that you don’t miss out. This particular post was written after analysing the scores of 130 Premier League footballers, sampling all 20 clubs.
Want to see the players that make up this list? See it here at PeerIndex: Premier League Footballers
I have even created an easy-to-follow Twitter list so you can follow all the Premier League players I have found and keep up to date with their antics (and anti-Piers Morgan chitchat).
I would be delighted to update this if you can let me know of players that I might have missed.
Are there any other groups that you would like us to analyse? Let me know
Craig Andrew Hughes
*That miss? Kanu, WBA 1-2 M’Boro (14/11/2004) Literally inches.