Social media is driving force in today’s world not only in people’s personal life but for sports teams around the globe including the San Francisco 49ers. Facebook and Twitter are by far the most popular social media outlets with millions of users. Every entity in existence seems to have a Facebook or Twitter account including teams of every sport in the world. Recently I was thinking about the popularity of the 49ers on social media sites and where they rank. I came across the website Sports Fan Graph that tracks fans on Facebook and Twitters who like and follow sports teams. Where do you think the 49ers rank in likes on Facebook and followers Twitter?
As of December 7, 2011 the 49ers rank 15th overall in football teams in North America with 1,095,132 total likes and followers. The position rank is impressive considering the category includes all college football teams and Canadian Football League teams. The 49ers also come in at 15th overall when you include NFL football teams only. The Dallas Cowboys have the most social media followers in the NFL with 4,309,580.
The Sports Fan Graph website also breaks down a team’s popularity on a global scale that includes every sport you can think of including cricket, ruby and the Olympics. The website is still gathering information on every team in the world but have 1,592 teams’ social media stats. These include popular soccer clubs around the globe like Real Madrid, all the way down to the Sonoma County Sol who play in the national amateur league National Premier Soccer League and are number 1,592 on the list with 12 total likes on FB. The list also includes sports media sites like EPSN, college conferences and organizations like USA Boxing.
The 49ers on the globe social media stage rank 66th. The team is behind the San Diego Chargers (65) and ahead of England Soccer (67). FC Barcelona tops the charts with an astounding 25,641,398 likes and followers online. Come on Niner fans we only need 24,546,266 more likes and followers to catch up with FC Barcelona, we can do this! Ha, maybe we should set our sights on catching the Cowboys first.
Most popular teams on social media in the four major USA sports leagues:
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers (13,207,639)
MLB: New York Yankees (5,314,674)
NFL: Dallas Cowboys (4,309,580)
NHL: Detroit Red Wings (1,263,308)