This post looks at the size of the Wests Tigers community on blogger. The Wests Tigers are a Sydney based National Rugby League team. The team is relatively new, having been founded in 2000 as a merger of the Balmain Tigers and the Western Suburbs Magpies.
So far, the only other NRL team on blogger that has been looked at is the Brisbane Broncos. That team has 12 people who listed them as an interest. In comparison, the Wests Tigers have ten people who list them as an interest. That they are so close is a bit surprising as Roy Morgan Research indicates that the fanbase for the Wests Tigers is substantially smaller than that of the Broncos.
Of the ten West Tigers fans, seven are from Australia, one from New Zealand, one from the United Kingdom and one who does not identify their country of origin. Compared to other NRL teams, the percentage of Australians is low: 100% of Brisbane Broncos fans on blogger and Dreamwidth are all Australian, 100% of Melbourne Storm fans on LiveJournal are Australians, 85.7% of Canterbury Bulldogs fans on LiveJournal are Australian, 81.1% of Broncos fans on LiveJournal are Australian. Of the networks and teams sampled, only the Broncos community on bebo has a smaller percentage, 71.1%, of Australians.
Of the Australians, three are from Queensland and three are from New South Wales. This makes as these states are strong holds of Rugby League. Added to that, Melbourne and Sydney have traditionally had a rivalry so you wouldn’t necessary expect a Victorian fan population.
The astrological sign data is really interesting and would be more interesting if it the samples were larger to see if some sort of statement could be made about a team’s fanbase. That said, six people list their date of birth for Blogger to calculate their astrological sign. Three are Leos, and with one person being a Cancer, Capricorn and Pisces.
Seven of the ten fans list their age, with two of these being obviously incorrect; a person cannot be 253 years old. If those two are ignored, the average age of a Wests Tigers fan on blogger is 28.8 and a median age of 22. This average makes the team’s fans older than some of the other NRL team fans on networks that I’ve looked at including Broncos fans on bebo and LiveJournal, Canterbury Bulldogs fans on LiveJournal and Melbourne Storm fans on LiveJournal. The only team and network with a higher average is the Broncos community on blogger. The above average age compared to other fan populations may end up being a result of people self selecting networks based on age: the youngest fans prefer bebo, fans in their mid 20s prefer LiveJournal and older fans prefer blogging. As we age or as a result of a generational gap, we might prefer going from shorter method of communicating to a longer one.
Seven people list their gender as male, two as female and one does not identify their gender. This is higher percentage of male fans than the Broncos on either bebo or blogger.