Posts Tagged Victorian Eagles

Gridiron Australia community size

Posted by Laura on Monday, 8 March, 2010

I’m still working on completing my various social media totals. Today, I was poking around Twitter and I’m still surprised at the number of teams that don’t have a presence. One league I looked at was Gridiron Australia.  It isn’t a major league but it involves an American sport and it peaked my curiosity.  Unsurprisingly, the size of the community on social media sites is tiny.

Interest WA Raiders SA Fire Queensland Sundevils Victorian Eagles ACT Monarchs NSW Wolfpack
Dreamwidth Studios 0 0 0 0 0 0
DeadJournal 0 0 0 0 0 0
JournalFen 0 0 0 0 0 0
InsaneJournal 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blurty 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inksome 0 0 0 0 0 0
CrazyLife 0 0 0 0 0 0
scribbld 0 0 0 0 0 0
LiveJournal 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blogger 0 0 0 0 0 0
bebo 0 2 1 1 0 0
Facebook 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yahoo!Groups 61 0 0 0 0 0
Twitter 65 0 0 0 0 0
BlackPlanet 0 0 0 0 0 0
orkut 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 126 2 1 1 0 0

No teams have an official Twitter presence.  The extent to which a team is on Twitter involves a player being there and Tweeting about the team.   The player is @fatloaf.  He plays for the WA Raiders.  There other largest place to find the league is on Yahoo!Groups, where there are two lists dedicated to the WA Raiders:  waraiders and raidersd.  Outside of these scattered networks, there are a few fans on bebo.  It seems likely there are probably a few other fans dedicated to the league and these teams.  If they are, they are probably on more Australian specific networks or communities dedicated to the sport.

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Problem team is problem: SA Fire

Posted by Laura on Friday, 5 February, 2010

I should really focus pretty much exclusively on the NRL, the AFL, the NBL and the VFL with a minor diversion into first class cricket and the ANZ Championship.  At one point, I compiled a list of some 3,500+ sports teams in Australia.  Running through the top flight teams for all  sports and the minors for the major sports is an exercise in overwhelming.  Still, I like to look on the networks I’ve been focused on.

One of the side leagues that I’ve been looking at is Gridiron Australia, the league for American football.  I had the list of teams.  I check everything on LiveJournal, its clones, blogger and then bebo.  At bebo, I realized I had a problem.  For the Victorian Eagles, no problem.  (There is one fan.  He is male, 21 years old and from Victoria.)  There is one person for the Queensland Sundevils. For the SA Fire?  There were 40.  Turns out that there is an artist named SA-fire.  It also sometime short for the San Antonio Fire Department.  Given that, the short form isn’t a search form that will be used.  (Though one or two of the people who list SA Fire as an interest are clearly South Australia Fire team.)  The long form search is the one that goes for bebo.  With that search, there are only two people who list them as an interest.

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