As the popularity of Twitter skyrockets, more football supporters are signing up to stay updated on the latest football news. Trouble is how to know which people to follow on Twitter.
To help, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 English football bloggers you should follow on Twitter. I ruled out the Twitterers whose main focus is not Premier League-related, and here are the ones I recommend (in no specific order):
- Chris Oakley (Some People Are On The Pitch) – http://twitter.com/spaotp – 163 followers: There are very few bloggers based in England who are as scholarly as Oakley on the topic of world football. As well as sharing his comments and questions about the world’s game, Oakley provides goal summaries from the Premier League which are exceedingly helpful when you’re away from a computer, radio or television on a matchday.
- Sean Ingle (The Guardian) - http://twitter.com/seaningle – 482 followers: Not a blogger per se, but Ingle is one of the chief reasons why The Guardian have been one of the pioneers in new media. Ingle provides a unique glimpse inside the offices of The Guardian’s Sport desk as well as the shenanigans that happened at Sid Lowe’s stag party.
- Henry Winter (The Telegraph) – http://twitter.com/henrywinter – 875 followers: Not a blogger either, but Henry Winter, the talisman of English football writers, is as astute an observer about football on Twitter as he is in The Telegraph newspaper. Lots of glorious insight about players to watch out for as well as first-person reporting from football venues worldwide.
- Dirty Tackle (Dirty Tackle) – http://twitter.com/dirtytackle – 386 followers: In addition to links to the latest stories on Dirty Tackle, voted Best EPL Blog of 2008-2009 in the EPL Awards, there’s a healthy dialogue with the blog’s readers.
- The Offside (The Offside) – http://twitter.com/theoffside – 1,185 followers: The Offside’s Twitter feed provides links to each new post from the popular blog, which is helpful for football fans who don’t want to bother with the hassle of RSS readers or whose fingers are tired from hitting refresh throughout the day. Unfortunately, though, The Offside’s Twitter communications are all one way with no correspondence with readers themselves. Lots of room for improvement there.
- Footbo (Footbo) – http://twitter.com/footbo – 493 followers: Footbo’s Twitter feed may not be updated that often, but there are some gems in there such as links to funny football videos and articles as well as commentary on football matches.
- Red Ranter (Red Rants) – http://twitter.com/redranter – 255 followers: This Manchester United blogger mixes in quite a bit of personality in addition to his tweets about his favorite football club. This is someone who obviously understands how to use Twitter and the benefit of communicating with his audience.
- SoccerLens (SoccerLens) - http://twitter.com/soccerlens – 394 followers: It’s refreshing to see a football blogger carrying on conversations with his readers and fellow bloggers about the world of football instead of trying to flog his blog or latest articles. Definitely one to follow.
- ArseBlog (ArseBlog) – http://twitter.com/arseblog – 2,793 followers: The infamous ArseBlogger does Gunners fans proud with his frequently updated Twitter feed chock full of the latest insights and updates about Arsenal FC. It’s obvious to see that the Dublin resident takes his twittering as seriously as his blogging and it’s no wonder that he’s built such a loyal fan base of followers from around the world.
- Umbro (Umbro) – http://twitter.com/umbro – 626 followers: Who would have thought that a company founded in 1910 would be twittering about their brand in 2009? Thankfully the tweets aren’t hype or propaganda about new Umbro shirts for sale. Instead Umbro uses its Twitter channel (and blog) to embrace social media to respond to its customers directly and promote its creative advertising campaigns. The newest one has them encouraging people in Manchester to hang limited-edition Blue Moon posters around the city to promote the new Manchester City home kit coming out in July.
Last, but not least, be sure to follow EPL Talk on Twitter for the latest updates from me about anything and everything Premier League-related as well as a few updates now and again about what happens behind the scenes at this blog.
Are there any twitterers who aren’t listed above that you feel should be added? If so, click the comments link below and share your favorites.