Look Who’s Talking—Athletes on Twitter: A Case Study

in International Journal of Sport Communication
View More View Less
  • 1 Laurentian University, Canada
Restricted access

Purchase article

USD  $24.95

Student 1 year online subscription

USD  $64.00

1 year online subscription

USD  $86.00

Student 2 year online subscription

USD  $122.00

2 year online subscription

USD  $162.00

This case study investigated athletes’ use of a specific social-media platform—Twitter. Social media are a rising force in marketing and have been fully embraced by the sport industry, with teams, leagues, coaches, athletes, and managers establishing presences. Primarily these presences have been focused on Twitter, a microblogging site that allows users to post their personal thoughts in 140 characters or less. Athletes, in particular, have engaged in tweeting at a fast pace, which raises the question, What are they saying? This case study investigated the tweets of athletes over a 7-d period in an attempt to answer that question. The findings indicate that athletes are talking predominantly about their personal lives and responding to fans’ queries through Twitter. The results indicate that Twitter is a powerful tool for increasing fan–athlete interaction.

The author is with the School of Sports Administration, Laurentian University, Greater Sudbury, ON, Canada.

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 2802 1713 250
Full Text Views 191 80 8
PDF Downloads 243 100 6