Posts Tagged Western Bulldogs

Version 3: Most popular Australian athlete and team related Twitter accounts by total followers.

Posted by Laura on Monday, 31 May, 2010

This post is basically an update of Version 2: Most popular Australian athlete and team related Twitter accounts by total followers. I haven’t actively sought to improve or update the accounts included on this list though there are a few new accounts.  A few accounts have been deleted and one has been suspended, LanceFranklin. Deleted and suspended accounts have been marked with a 0 for total number of followers.

This data was gathered on May 30, 2010.  It includes non-Australian teams that compete in Australian based leagues.  It also contains Australian some athlete accounts where the athlete competes for a club in an Australian based league.

League Team Account Total followers
First class cricket New South Wales Blues PH408 (unofficial) 11902
Super 14 Pretoria Bulls (Northern Bulls) VictorMatfield (unofficial) 7452
Super 14 Natal Sharks JohnSmit123 (unofficial) 7221
NRL Wests Tigers LoteTuqiri (unofficial) 6688
AFL Essendon Bombers Essendon_FC 5242
AFL Collingwood Magpies Collingwood_FC 5183
AFL Adelaide Crows Adelaide_FC 5008
AFL Melbourne Demons jimstynes (unofficial) 4476
AFL Sydney Swans sydneyswans 4340
AFL Essendon Bombers JobeWatson (unofficial) 4284
AFL Collingwood Magpies harry_o (unofficial) 4174
AFL Essendon Bombers AngusMonfries (unofficial) 3801
Super 14 Wellington Hurricanes Hurricanesrugby 3696
NRL St. George Illawarra Dragons RealBigDell (unofficial) 3688
AFL St. Kilda Saints stkildafc 3351
Super 14 Wellington Hurricanes neyza3 (unofficial) 3330
AFL Carlton Blues Carlton_FC 3223
NRL Gold Coast Titans mat_rogers6 (unofficial) 3056
Super 14 Canterbury Crusaders mornesteyn (unofficial) 2790
AFL Geelong Cats Geelong_FC (unofficial) 2667
Super 14 Queensland Reds QuadeCooper (unofficial) 2363
NRL Brisbane Broncos BrisBroncosClub 2322
AFL Richmond Tigers Richmond_FC 2085
NRL Gold Coast Titans GCTitans 2052
AFL Hawthorn Hawks HawthornFC 2031
AFL Melbourne Demons nathan2jones (unofficial) 2019
World Cup Socceroos Socceroos 1998
NRL New Zealand Warriors (Auckland Warriors) nzwarriors (unofficial) 1959
A-League Melbourne Victory gomvfc 1959
AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos northkangaroos 1891
World Cup Socceroos socceroos_news (unofficial) 1668
Super 14 Cape Town Stormers (Western Stormers) THESTORMERS 1652
NRL Parramatta Eels jarryd_hayne (unofficial) 1643
Super 14 Wellington Hurricanes Powza13 (unofficial) 1619
First class cricket New South Wales Blues NBRACKEN142 (unofficial) 1559
NRL North Queensland Cowboys northqldcowboys 1544
AFL Melbourne Demons CamSchwab (unofficial) 1542
AFL Port Adelaide Power PAFC 1539
AFL Melbourne Demons DemonsHQ (official) 1522
Super 14 Durban Sharks (Coastal Sharks)(Natal Sharks) sharksrugby 1521
AFL West Coast Eagles WCEofficial 1475
NRL Wests Tigers Wests_Tigers (unofficial) 1440
AFL Hawthorn Hawks Hawks_AFL (unofficial) 1396
NBL Melbourne Tigers Follow24Hodge (unofficial) 1338
First class cricket New South Wales Blues ClarkeVC (unofficial) 1268
NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs SSFCRABBITOHS 1263
ANZ Championship Melbourne Vixens MelbourneVixens 1232
AFL Fremantle Dockers Fremantle_FC 1232
First class cricket Victorian Bushrangers Bushrangers 1189
NRL Manly Sea Eagles manlyseaeagles 1129
NRL Melbourne Storm MelbStormRLC (official) 1124
NBL Adelaide 36ers Adelaide36ers 1030
AFL Gold Coast Football Club GoldCoastFC 1001
NRL Sydney Roosters sydroosters (unofficial) 995
Super 14 Canterbury Crusaders crusadersrugby 962
AFL Brisbane Lions ALFbrisbane (unofficial) 908
AFL Collingwood Magpies PeterDaicos (unofficial) 903
A-League Melbourne Victory mitchlangerak (unofficial) 881
NRL Penrith Panthers penrithpanthers (unofficial) 840
NRL Parramatta Eels parramatta_eels 838
A-League Central Coast Mariners Football Club LawrieMcKinna 815
A-League Central Coast Mariners Football Club LawrieMcKinna (unofficial) 815
AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos andrewswallow (unofficial) 810
Super 14 New South Wales Waratahs HSBCWaratahs 772
NBL Wollongong Hawks wollongonghawks 757
NRL Melbourne Storm MelbourneStorm_ (unofficial) 750
A-League Melbourne Victory adrianleijer (unofficial) 745
A-League North Queensland Fury FC nqfuryfc 744
Super 14 Queensland Reds RedsRugby (unofficial) 732
ANZ Championship Melbourne Vixens SharelleVixens 724
Super 14 Queensland Reds Reds_Rugby 705
NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs rabbitohs (unofficial) 699
Super 14 ACT Brumbies BrumbiesRugby 683
NRL Parramatta Eels PirtekParraEels (unofficial) 670
AFL Collingwood Magpies collingwoodnews (unofficial) 649
Super 14 Natal Sharks KeeganDaniel (unofficial) 632
First class cricket Queensland Bulls andrew_symonds (unofficial) 608
NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs therabbitohs (unofficial) 605
NBL Perth Wildcats perthwildcats 591
AFL Collingwood Magpies bigdyman (unofficial) 568
A-League Melbourne Victory victoryinmelb 552
NBL New Zealand Breakers johnrillie (unofficial) 537
AFL West Coast Eagles wingsofperth (unofficial) 536
NRL New Zealand Warriors (Auckland Warriors) thenzwarriors 521
AFL Fremantle Dockers Freo_Dockers (unofficial) 519
NBL South Dragons Joeingles7 (unofficial) 516
NRL Gold Coast Titans AshHarrison1 (unofficial) 498
NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs benross23 (unofficial) 487
AFL St. Kilda Saints njbrown17 (unofficial) 481
A-League Brisbane Roar BNERoar (unofficial) 471
NSW Premier League Sydney Olympic MarkBosnich (unofficial) 470
Super 14 Melbourne Rebels melbournerebels 469
NRL Gold Coast Titans lukeodwyer (unofficial) 467
Basketball Australia Australian Boomers aussieboomers 465
AFL Fremantle Dockers FremantleFC (unofficial) 453
A-League Newcastle Jets newcastle_jets 441
A-League Adelaide United adelaideunited 423
NRL Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks SharksOnline (unofficial) 422
A-League Sydney FC SFCNews (unofficial) 421
A-League Perth Glory PerthGlory_FC 414
Netball Australia Netball Australia NetballAust 377
NRL Canberra Raiders RaidersCanberra 375
NRL Parramatta Eels PlanetEels (unofficial) 374
A-League Adelaide United adelaidereds 350
ANZ Championship Queensland Firebirds laurafirebirds (unofficial) 338
NRL Brisbane Broncos broncosbigfan (unofficial) 336
First class cricket Tassie Tigers crickettas 328
NBL Wollongong Hawks milisimic (unofficial) 327
NBL Perth Wildcats nickmarvin (unofficial) 322
NRL St. George Illawarra Dragons mighty_dragons (unofficial) 321
NBL Townsville Crocodiles TsvCrocs 313
NBL Melbourne Tigers Wortho33 (unofficial) 313
A-League Wellington Phoenix wgtnphoenixfc 307
Netball Victoria Netball Victoria netballvic 306
A-League Brisbane Roar brisbaneroar 305
ANZ Championship Adelaide Thunderbirds NatTbirds 304
AFL West Coast Eagles WestCoastEagles (unofficial) 294
NBL Townsville Crocodiles chomicide (unofficial) 287
NBL Cairns Taipans Dusty_Rychart (unofficial) 283
AFL Brisbane Lions AFLBrisbaneFC 283
NRL Parramatta Eels blueandgoldarmy (unofficial) 280
NRL Brisbane Broncos BrisbaneBronco (unofficial) 274
ANZ Championship New South Wales Swifts SusanSwifts 263
AFL Melbourne Demons MelbourneFC (unofficial) 263
NRL Manly Sea Eagles gorgeousgrose (unofficial) 248
AFL West Coast Eagles MitchJbrown17 (unofficial) 242
Netball Australia Australian Diamonds (national team) AussieDiamonds 242
NRL Wests Tigers fakebrycegibbs (unofficial) 222
NRL Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Fergo1990 (unofficial) 220
First class cricket New South Wales Blues eddiecowan (unofficial) 213
AFL Essendon Bombers essendonfc (unofficial) 212
NBL New Zealand Breakers oscarforman (unofficial) 203
A-League Gold Coast United GCUSC 202
Super 14 ACT Brumbies Hoilesy (unofficial) 201
NRL Brisbane Broncos broncobasher (unofficial) 200
Rugby League/State of Origin New South Wales Blues NSWRL 198
First class cricket South Australian Redbacks (Southern Redbacks) RedbacksT20 196
A-League Central Coast Mariners Football Club CCMarinersFC (unofficial) 183
NBL Perth Wildcats TheRealSchensh (unofficial) 179
First class cricket Victorian Bushrangers petersiddle (unofficial) 171
ANZ Championship New South Wales Swifts nswswifts 171
NBL Townsville Crocodiles rustyhinder (unofficial) 168
Super 14 Western Australia Force (Western Force) s14_force 163
Basketball Australia Australian Opals AustralianOpals 160
NRL Parramatta Eels 1eyedeel (unofficial) 159
Super 14 Queensland Reds s14_queensland (unofficial) 153
NBL New Zealand Breakers NZBreakers 152
AFL Sydney Swans BionicSwan (unofficial) 151
Rugby League/State of Origin Queensland Maroons QLD_Maroons 144
A-League Melbourne Victory victorytwit (unofficial) 144
VFL Casey Scorpions CaseyScorpions 144
Super 14 Central Cheetahs (Vodacom Cheetahs) VodacomCheetahs 141
ANZ Championship Adelaide Thunderbirds AdelaideTBirds 135
VFL North Ballarat Roosters NB_Roosters 134
NBL Adelaide 36ers DarrenNg8 (unofficial) 128
AFL Fremantle Dockers ryanmcrowley (unofficial) 124
AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos Marcus__White (unofficial) 121
A-League Melbourne Victory mvfcfanzone 114
AFL Hawthorn Hawks bmsew (unofficial) 113
NBL Adelaide 36ers jgovereasy (unofficial) 113
NRL St. George Illawarra Dragons jsaffy (unofficial) 111
NRL Newcastle Knights Corypato (unofficial) 110
Australia Athletics Australian Flames (national team) australianflame 108
NRL Balmain Tigers tigers1908 (unofficial) 106
ANZ Championship West Coast Fever SusanWCFever 93
AFL St. Kilda Saints RWBFooty (unofficial) 93
Gridiron Australia Nationals Perth Blitz fatloaf (unofficial) 91
AFL Melbourne Demons matesOmelbourne (unofficial) 90
AFL Western Bulldogs ccaallward (unofficial) 88
Netball New South Wales Sydney_Netball 88
First class cricket Queensland Bulls qldcricket 81
NBL Sydney Kings sydneykings 73
AFL Fremantle Dockers briansham (unofficial) 71
A-League Sydney FC SydneyFC 69
AFL Richmond Tigers yellow_n_black (unofficial) 67
SFL Caulfield Bears CaulfieldBears 66
NBL Townsville Crocodiles JoshJenkins24 (unofficial) 65
AFL Melbourne Demons demonwiki (unofficial) 65
NBL Adelaide 36ers BenFitz (unofficial) 64
Semi Professional Basketball League Semi Professional Basketball League SEABL 58
NRL Gold Coast Titans Aaron_Cannings (unofficial) 57
NBL Adelaide 36ers 36ers (unofficial) 55
NBL South (Melbourne) Dragons SAVEOURDRAGONS (unofficial) 49
AFL Collingwood Magpies VictoriaParkHC (unofficial) 49
Claxton Shield Barbagallo Perth Heat PerthHeat 48
NBL Wollongong Hawks danjackson9 (unofficial) 39
NBL Townsville Crocodiles Kegs42 (unofficial) 39
AFL Essendon Bombers bomberblitz (unofficial) 37
NSW Premier League Manly United ManlyUnited 35
WNBL Bendio Spirit bendigospirit 35
NBL Townsville Crocodiles willo43 (unofficial) 34
NRL Parramatta Eels parraeels (unofficial) 33
NBL Gold Coast Blaze Vandy21 (unofficial) 33
Netball New South Wales Petersham RUFC Netball Club PetershamNetbal 32
Brisbane Netball Association ACE Netball Club ACENetball 31
Plenty Valley Netball Association Orcas Netball Orcas_Netball 30
WNBL Dandenong Jayco Rangers JaycoRangers 30
AFL Fremantle Dockers bc8977 (unofficial) 20
VFL Port Melbourne Borough BoroughBoy (unofficial) 19
NBL Townsville Crocodiles ToffCedar (unofficial) 16
NBL Townsville Crocodiles cameronwhiting (unofficial) 12
WNBL Logan Thunder loganthunder 11
NBL Adelaide 36ers brad_393 (unofficial) 6
Gridiron Australia Nationals Perth Blitz perthblitz 1
NRL Wests Tigers beauryan_winger (unofficial) 0
NSW Premier League Sydney United addsie (unofficial) 0
A-League Sydney FC SydneyFC0910 0
Super 14 Queensland Reds ezytaylor (unofficial) 0
A-League Melbourne Victory MVFCVIDEOS (unofficial) 0
AFL Melbourne Demons jordiemck (unofficial) 0
AFL Hawthorn Hawks LanceFranklin (unofficial) 0
WNBL Dandenong Jayco Rangers jennaohea (unofficial) 0
AFL Brisbane Lions AFLbrisbanelion 0

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Most popular official team pages on Facebook

Posted by Laura on Sunday, 30 May, 2010

I’ve been data collecting again. In this case, I was updating my Facebook group and fan pages member totals. Eventually, this will all be written up and include an analysis of some patterns that exist. In the meantime, I feel the need to share of this data as the results… surprised me.  I was curious as to which Australian team had the most popular official Facebook page.  Bearing in mind that outside the AFL and NRL, my inclusion list is limited and that not every team has an official page… This list should not be considered all comprehensive.  Still, it gives a fairly good idea of what may be going on Facebook:

League Team Name Total members
Rugby League/State of Origin Queensland Maroons Queensland Maroons 96751
World Cup Soccer Socceroos Socceroos – Australian National Football Team 59215
AFL Essendon Bombers Essendon FC 54556
NRL Brisbane Lions Brisbane Broncos 51458
AFL Adelaide Crows Adelaide Crows 42119
AFL West Coast Eagles West Coast Eagles 38541
AFL Collingwood Magpies Collingwood Football Club 35516
AFL St. Kilda Saints St Kilda Football Club 26072
NRL Gold Coast Titans Gold Coast Titans 20975
AFL Fremantle Dockers Fremantle Football Club 19244
AFL Carlton Blues Carlton Football Club 18554
AFL Hawthorn Hawks Hawthorn Football Club 17996
NRL Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 17691
NRL Wests Tigers Wests Tigers – Official National Rugby League Club 16521
NRL Newcastle Knights Newcastle Knights 14337
NRL Sydney Roosters The Official Sydney Roosters Page 13923
AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos North Melbourne Football Club 12682
AFL Port Adelaide Power Port Adelaide Football Club 11906
NRL Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Cronulla Sharks 10416
AFL Richmond Tigers Richmond FC 7805
AFL Richmond Tigers Richmond FC 7805
AFL Melbourne Demons Melbourne Football Club 6995
AFL Western Bulldogs Western Bulldogs 6383
AFL Geelong Cats Geelong Cats Insider 5264
NRL Melbourne Storm Storm Man 4778
NRL North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland Toyota Cowboys 2948
NRL Canberra Raiders Canberra Raiders 2883
Super 14 ACT Brumbies Official Brumbies Fan Page 2123
Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Western Sydney Rollers Western Sydney Rollers 1659
Rugby League/State of Origin New South Wales Blues New South Wales Rugby League 1297
WNBL Bendigo Spirit The Official Bendigo Spirit Basketball 174
WNBL Townsville Fire Townsville McCafe Fire 114
WNBL Bendigo Spirit WNBL – Bendigo Spirit 87

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Jason Akermanis follow up

Posted by Laura on Saturday, 22 May, 2010

This isn’t much of a follow up. I was out walking after having read a few chapters in The Australian football business : a spectator’s guide to the VFL / Bob Stewart and I began wondering if there were some geographic pattens in who was condemning Jason Akermanis on Facebook, where condemning equals joining a group or liking a fan page that criticized his comment.

There were two real options to create comparisons: Get information from a few of the smaller groups with 10 or fewer members and declare them representative of each position or find a larger sample and get the network affiliation for all members of the larger group. I decided on the second. Jason Akermanis is a homophobe. is a Facebook group that has gained 281 members since May 20 for a total of 427 members. It appears to have been created directly in response to Jason’s comments and could be seen as condemning them. When scrolling through the membership list, I found 24 people who listed a network they belonged to. We’ll call this the dislike Jason group. As a control group of people who “like” Jason, I chose The Jason Akermanis Appreciation Society. It had 457 members on May 22, up only three from May 20. 24 people in this group also had a network listed. This group should be his fanbase. Their lack of quitting should not be read as supporting his comments: Non-action does not imply support. I’m mostly after the idea of are these two separate groups similar based on location. The following table was generated after tabulating how many people from each group listed specific networks:

Network Dislike Like
Ballarat 1 0
Binghamton 0 1
Box Hill High School 1 0
Burnside State High School 0 1
Cairns State High School 1 0
Charles Sturt University 0 1
Deakin 1 0
Esperance Senior High School 0 1
Essendon Keilor College 0 1
Flinders 0 1
Griffith 1 0
Haileybury College 0 1
Heathfield High School 0 1
iiNet 1 0
Illawarra Sports High School 1 0
Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School 0 1
La Trobe University 1 2
MacKillop College 0 1
Metso 0 1
Mirrabooka Senior High School 0 1
Monash 9 1
Newcastle 1 0
Overnewton Anglican Community College 0 1
Star Of The Sea 1 0
Star of the Sea College 1 0
University of Melbourne 1 2
University of New England 1 0
University of Sydney 2 0
University of Zimbabwe 0 1
UNSW 0 1
UWA 0 1
Victoria AU 0 2
Wesley College 0 1

The simple answer appears to be yes, there is a difference between the two. Fans of Jason appear to be more evenly distributed across various networks. Of the high schools and colleges I could easily identify, 3 were in the dislike Jason group and 7 were in the like Jason group. 18 university students joined the anti-group versus 13 in the like group. (These numbers are probably off. I’m not completely familiar with all the schools involved so some were not counted.) This suggests that university students were more likely to condemned the comments compared to high school students… or at least, university students were more willing to indicate their displeasure on a public profile. That is a bit interesting. It would be nice to have a Facebook data miner so I could see if larger patterns like this existed.

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Benchmarking: Jason Akermanis on Facebook and Google

Posted by Laura on Thursday, 20 May, 2010

This is a quick data dump post.  I know who Jason Akermanis is because I saw him play this past weekend in Canberra.  I’ve been told he has a tendency to open his mouth and speak frankly in such a way that his previous club didn’t like him.  Thus, it was apparently not that surprising that he opened his mouth and offended people today.  I may or may not be interested in writing about him and the response to his comments at a later date.  It will come down to time and interest.  Still, benchmarks in case I do and data dumping now for those who might want to write an analysis that I’m not keen to write right now.

Google data

This data was retrieved between 6pm and 7pm on May 20, 2010 Canberra time.   It was retrieved using manual screen scraping.  (I visited each page and copy and pasted the number.)  I was not logged in to any account at the time to prevent my previous searches from influencing the numbers.  The API was not used.  The SE stands for search engine that was used to get the number.  (There are sometimes differences between .com and The Jason story is beginning to circulate but doesn’t appear to be widely picked up outside the metro areas so far. I added a by city component because I find geographic patterns interesting.

SE Date Full search term Search term + City State Total results 20-May-10 Jason Akermanis Jason Akermanis 78 20-May-10 Jason Akermanis Jason Akermanis 78 20-May-10 Jason Akermanis Jason Akermanis 62500 20-May-10 Jason Akermanis Jason Akermanis 148 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Geelong Jason Akermanis Geelong Victoria 269000 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Mackay Jason Akermanis Mackay Queensland 170000 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Melbourne Jason Akermanis Melbourne Victoria 47000 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Brisbane Jason Akermanis Brisbane Queensland 45100 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Sydney Jason Akermanis Sydney New South Wales 42500 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Adelaide Jason Akermanis Adelaide South Australia 37800 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Richmond Jason Akermanis Richmond New South Wales 35200 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Ballarat Jason Akermanis Ballarat Victoria 34500 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Bendigo Jason Akermanis Bendigo Victoria 31400 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Gold Coast Jason Akermanis Gold Coast Queensland 30100 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Perth Jason Akermanis Perth Western Australia 23500 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Bunbury Jason Akermanis Bunbury Western Australia 22300 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Palmerston Jason Akermanis Palmerston Northern Territory 21900 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Mandurah Jason Akermanis Mandurah Western Australia 21400 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Tweed Jason Akermanis Tweed New South Wales 20400 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Warrnambool Jason Akermanis Warrnambool Victoria 18100 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Launceston Jason Akermanis Launceston Tasmania 12600 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Wollongong Jason Akermanis Wollongong New South Wales 12600 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Bathurst Jason Akermanis Bathurst New South Wales 10200 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Toowoomba Jason Akermanis Toowoomba Queensland 9960 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Canberra Jason Akermanis Canberra Australian Capital Territory 9460 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Rockhampton Jason Akermanis Rockhampton Queensland 7030 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Newcastle Jason Akermanis Newcastle New South Wales 6320 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Albury Jason Akermanis Albury New South Wales 6130 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Geraldton Jason Akermanis Geraldton Western Australia 5800 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Murray Bridge Jason Akermanis Murray Bridge South Australia 5760 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Shepparton Jason Akermanis Shepparton Victoria 5190 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Cairns Jason Akermanis Cairns Queensland 5000 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Tamworth Jason Akermanis Tamworth New South Wales 4950 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Melton Jason Akermanis Melton Victoria 4590 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Lismore Jason Akermanis Lismore New South Wales 4570 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Nowra Jason Akermanis Nowra New South Wales 4290 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Gawler Jason Akermanis Gawler South Australia 3610 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Sunshine Coast Jason Akermanis Sunshine Coast Queensland 3210 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Strathalbyn Jason Akermanis Strathalbyn South Australia 3080 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Naracoorte Jason Akermanis Naracoorte South Australia 2930 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Dubbo Jason Akermanis Dubbo New South Wales 2640 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Orange Jason Akermanis Orange New South Wales 2490 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Bundaberg Jason Akermanis Bundaberg Queensland 2370 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Devonport Jason Akermanis Devonport Tasmania 2370 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Kalgoorlie Jason Akermanis Kalgoorlie Western Australia 2250 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Darwin Jason Akermanis Darwin Northern Territory 2160 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Queanbeyan Jason Akermanis Queanbeyan New South Wales 1980 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Mildura Jason Akermanis Mildura Victoria 1800 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Windsor Jason Akermanis Windsor New South Wales 1720 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Hobart Jason Akermanis Hobart Tasmania 1580 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Wodonga Jason Akermanis Wodonga Victoria 1520 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Hervey Bay Jason Akermanis Hervey Bay Queensland 1510 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Maitland Jason Akermanis Maitland New South Wales 1360 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Townsville Jason Akermanis Townsville Queensland 1300 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Port Pirie Jason Akermanis Port Pirie South Australia 988 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Boulder Jason Akermanis Boulder Western Australia 800 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Loxton Jason Akermanis Loxton South Australia 786 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Clare Jason Akermanis Clare South Australia 697 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Burnie Jason Akermanis Burnie Tasmania 650 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Port Augusta Jason Akermanis Port Augusta South Australia 626 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Berri Jason Akermanis Berri South Australia 545 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Gladstone Jason Akermanis Gladstone Queensland 482 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Alice Springs Jason Akermanis Alice Springs Northern Territory 439 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Whyalla Jason Akermanis Whyalla South Australia 348 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Coffs Harbour Jason Akermanis Coffs Harbour New South Wales 273 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Wagga Wagga Jason Akermanis Wagga Wagga New South Wales 253 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Mount Gambier Jason Akermanis Mount Gambier South Australia 246 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Victor Harbor Jason Akermanis Victor Harbor South Australia 245 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Goolwa Jason Akermanis Goolwa South Australia 219 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Port Lincoln Jason Akermanis Port Lincoln South Australia 179 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Millicent Jason Akermanis Millicent South Australia 177 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Renmark Jason Akermanis Renmark South Australia 176 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis La Trobe Valley Jason Akermanis La Trobe Valley Victoria 174 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Port Macquarie Jason Akermanis Port Macquarie New South Wales 135 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Mooroopna Jason Akermanis Mooroopna Victoria 128 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Bordertown Jason Akermanis Bordertown South Australia 117 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Wallaroo Jason Akermanis Wallaroo South Australia 95 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Ceduna Jason Akermanis Ceduna South Australia 85 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Tanunda Jason Akermanis Tanunda South Australia 71 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Roxby Downs Jason Akermanis Roxby Downs South Australia 28 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Moonta Jason Akermanis Moonta South Australia 8 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Nuriootpa Jason Akermanis Nuriootpa South Australia 7 20-May-10 ‘Jason Akermanis Bomaderry Jason Akermanis Bomaderry New South Wales 4


Before I did Google, I looked at Facebook.  This was done between 5:30 and 6:00pm Canberra time on May 20, 2010.  The Jason situation had already hit Facebook as there was a Facebook group dedicated to being unhappy with Jason by that time.  I found these fan pages by searching for him.  I did not include people or groups in this sample.  None of these pages appear to be officially connected to either the AFL, the Western Bulldogs or Jason Akermanis.

Name Url Total members Type Date checked
Jason Akermanis 56 Page 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis 6 Page 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis 0 Page 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis 62 Athlete 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis 307 Athlete 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis Biography 2 Page 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis Autobiography 2 Page 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis, you are a MORON! 22 Page 20-May-10
The Battle Within by Jason Akermanis 2 Page 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis: Homophobe and complete fuckwit! 118 Page 20-May-10

I’m going to speculate that two of those are likely to see an increase in membership over the next couple of days.  How large an increase, I do not yet know and do not feel comfortable speculating about.

After that, it occurred to me that it would be a good idea to benchmark the Facebook groups. These can be easy to create. When I looked, there turned out to be a number of them dedicated to Jason, some of which were created in response to the situation. As I have no previous benchmarks, I can’t tell when some of the larger groups were created. Still, this is where the groups about Jason stand now.

Name Url Total members Type Date checked
Jason Akermanis 2 Group 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis is a homophobe. 146 Group 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis is a dick 14 Group 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis Is Totally Gay 1 Group 20-May-10
jason akermanis is amazing! 12 Group 20-May-10
The Jason Akermanis Appreciation Society 454 Group 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis is a legend 201 Group 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis handstand appreciation society 88 Group 20-May-10
Only Homophobes think Jason Akermanis is a homophobe! 1 Group 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis for Brownlow 2008 9 Group 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis for Brownlow 2008 9 Group 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis should be locked and gagged in a closet! 10 Group 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis is a F*ckwit 26 Group 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis to win the Coleman medal. 9 Group 20-May-10
Jason Akermanis Can’t Drive A Race Car 2 Group 20-May-10
Anything To Do With Footy. 1041 Group 20-May-10
for people who wanna see Jason Akermanis shove his head up his own Ass 42 Group 20-May-10
Akermaniacs!! 87 Group 20-May-10
It’s All Good – in memory of Andrea Louise Bell 11-4-78 to 19-9-03 97 Group 20-May-10

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Foursquare and the AFL

Posted by Laura on Saturday, 8 May, 2010

I’m a little obsessed with foursquare data at the moment and I’m doing this a little early.  I’ll probably update this on Tuesday with a new post after the St. Kilda Monday night match.  At the moment though, based on the two completed games so far this week and last week, this post answers what team has the largest community of Foursquare users.  The surprise is how Collingwood hasn’t run away with this.

Checkins Unique Visitors Checkins / Home Unique Visitors / Home Checkins / Away Unique Visitors / Away Homeground Other places
Melbourne Demons 32 21.5 38 25 26 18 Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Etihad Stadium
Sydney Swans 33 25 33 25 Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)
Western Bulldogs 34.5 19 31 13 38 25 Etihad Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground
Essendon Bombers 31 14 31 14 Etihad Stadium
St. Kilda Saints 31 13 31 13 Etihad Stadium
Carlton Blues 31 10 31 10 Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Collingwood Magpies 31 10 31 10 Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
North Melbourne Kangaroos 26 18 26 18 Etihad Stadium
West Coast Eagles 10 7 10 7 Subiaco Oval
Fremantle Dockers 10 7 10 7 Subiaco Oval
Port Adelaide Power 14 7 5.5 3.5 31 14 AAMI Stadium Etihad Stadium
Adelaide Crows 5.5 3.5 5.5 3.5 AAMI Stadium
Geelong Cats 4 2 4 2 Skilled Stadium
Brisbane Lions 33 25 33 25 Gabba Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)
Richmond Tigers 4 2 4 2 Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Skilled Stadium
Facility Name Type Link Checkins Unique Visitors Mayor Difference Difference Date checked Home team Road team
Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Stadium 968 #REF! -417965 1-May-10
Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Stadium 999 496 -417965 31 10 2-May-10 Carlton Blues Collingwood Magpies
Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Stadium 1037 521 -417965 38 25 7-May-10 Melbourne Demons Western Bulldogs
Etihad Stadium Etihad Stadium Stadium 652 338 sydlow 27-Apr-10
Etihad Stadium Etihad Stadium Stadium 683 351 _hoshi_ 31 13 30-Apr-10 St. Kilda Saints Western Bulldogs
Etihad Stadium Etihad Stadium Stadium 709 369 _hoshi_ 26 18 1-May-10 North Melbourne Kangaroos Melbourne Demons
Etihad Stadium Etihad Stadium Stadium 740 383 _hoshi_ 31 14 8-May-10 Essendon Bombers Port Adelaide Power
AAMI Stadium AAMI Stadium Football 17 15 dlparkinson 27-Apr-10
AAMI Stadium AAMI Stadium Football 26 21 dlparkinson 9 6 1-May-10 Adelaide Crows Port Adelaide Power
AAMI Stadium Adelaide Oval 7 4 jasondunstone 28-Apr-10
AAMI Stadium Adelaide Oval 9 5 jasondunstone 2 1 1-May-10 Adelaide Crows Port Adelaide Power
Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney Cricket Ground Cricket 135 103 franksting 27-Apr-10
Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Football 24 22 kristibarrow 27-Apr-10
Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney Cricket Ground Cricket 178 137 franksting 43 34 1-May-10 Sydney Swans Brisbane Lions
Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Football 47 38 kristibarrow 23 16 1-May-10 Sydney Swans Brisbane Lions
Skilled Stadium Skilled Stadium 6 5 1-May-10
Skilled Stadium Skilled Stadium 10 7 -774286 4 2 2-May-10 Geelong Cats Richmond Tigers
Subiaco Oval Subiaco Oval Football 86 53 flyingblogspot 1-May-10
Subiaco Oval Subiaco Oval Football 96 60 flyingblogspot 10 7 2-May-10 West Coast Eagles Fremantle Dockers

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AFL fandom growth on Facebook: Which team is the winner?

Posted by Laura on Monday, 3 May, 2010

Back on March 25, 2010, I collected data regarding the number of fans of the official AFL team Facebook fan pages.  It has been a while and I was curious as to which team had the most growth since the last time I looked.  Did any team do a really good job picking up fans?  Does that have any connection to how well the team did?  (There are a whole bunch of other potential factors.  I just haven’t looked at them.)  The team at the top of the ladder for Facebook fan growth is the Essendom Bombers.  The team at the bottom of the ladder is the Adelaide Crows.  Teams not included didn’t have official pages on March 25, 2010.

Team Url 25-Mar-10 3-May-10 Difference
AFL 88,546 99,722 11,176
Essendon Bombers 44,511 52,126 7,615
Collingwood Magpies 26,314 31,366 5,052
Western Bulldogs 0 4,930 4,930
Fremantle Dockers 12,939 17,513 4,574
St. Kilda Saints 21,310 25,106 3,796
Melbourne Demons 3,159 6,278 3,119
Geelong Cats 1,632 4,745 3,113
West Coast Eagles 33,501 36,559 3,058
Port Adelaide Power 7,892 10,815 2,923
Carlton Blues 12,693 14,932 2,239
Richmond Tigers 4,798 6,626 1,828
North Melbourne Kangaroos 9,866 11,678 1,812
Hawthorn Hawks 14,342 16,129 1,787
Adelaide Crows 39,546 41,246 1,700

Is there a correlation between a team’s performance so far this season based on their ladder position and the number of new fans?  No, the correlation is -0.04002 where the Sydney Swans and Brisbane Lions get zero new fans as they do not have a fan page.   If those two teams are removed, -0.10666.  That still is completely random.  The cause for the big increase in fans is not dependent on team performance; other factors must explain the increase in fans.

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AFL on Facebook

Posted by Laura on Thursday, 25 March, 2010

What’s the most popular AFL team on Facebook?  That really does depend on how you measure it.

The following table has a column for total people listing a team as an interest, total number of members of the largest fan page dedicated to a team, total number of fans of the largest page dedicated to a team and the grand total.  This information was collected in the past three days.

AFL on Facebook

Team Interest Page Group Total
Collingwood Magpies 59800 80 7969 67849
West Coast Eagles 26020 33501 5094 64615
Carlton Blues 58120 317 1626 60063
Adelaide Crows 50020 1579 5827 57426
Fremantle Dockers 43660 96 3625 47381
Sydney Swans 21260 18094 4737 44091
Hawthorn Hawks 21220 2602 6595 30417
Essendon Bombers 27920 248 1989 30157
Richmond Tigers 13960 11727 2782 28469
Geelong Cats 15760 5092 3976 24828
Brisbane Lions 10940 10556 2302 23798
St. Kilda Saints 15480 317 4281 20078
Port Adelaide Power 6100 9766 3157 19023
North Melbourne Kangaroos 9120 4314 2420 15854
Western Bulldogs 2740 4745 7295 14780
Melbourne Demons 5940 4057 4003 14000
Gold Coast Football Club 1200 1720 66 2986

And then I completed this and realized the biggest fan pages I had?  They weren’t the official ones.   Time to get the official ones, where the total fans are much bigger, and then update.

Green: Indicates official Facebook fanpage has the most fans.
Blue: Indicates a page not linked on the official page has the most fans.
Red: Indicates an official Facebook fanpage was not found to be linked to on the Club’s official site.
Black: AFL does not link to an official page for the team.

Fixed. As an American, I’m used to professional team names being City Mascot. When I search, this tends to be my default mode of searching. It can screw up results and I have to remember to search all variations to make sure this doesn’t happen. When I was just looking for biggest, I didn’t. Woe. But anyway, these results should hopefully be a bit more accurate. I went to every team’s official site that was linked on the AFL’s site. On the official site, I looked for their official Facebook fanpage accounts. Then I took that information and added it to the above table to get a more accurate picture. If an unofficial fanpage had more fans than the official one? I left the unofficial one. I’ve color coded that chart to make easy to see where I did that.

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Australian sports fandom on Gaia Online

Posted by Laura on Thursday, 11 March, 2010

Gaia Online is an anime, role playing themed social network aimed at an English speaking audience.  According to Alexa, the site is ranked the 2,988th most popular in Australia.  Given the target audience, I was curious as to how large the Australian based sports fandom was.  I went to the search page, selected interest and then searched every team on my list.

The list of teams on my list include: Collingwood Magpies, Carlton Blues, Queensland Maroons, Melbourne Victory, Brisbane Broncos, West Coast Eagles, Essendon Bombers, NSW Blues, Parramatta Eels, Adelaide Crows, Melbourne Storm , Wests Tigers, St. Kilda Saints, Sydney Swans, Fremantle Dockers, New South Wales Blues, Richmond Tigers, Sydney Roosters , Gold Coast Titans, Pretoria  Bulls (Northern Bulls), St. George Illawarra Dragons, Victorian Bushrangers, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Johannesburg Lions, South Sydney Rabbitohs , Newcastle Knights , Brisbane Lions, Adelaide United, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Geelong Cats, North Queensland Cowboys , Durban Sharks (Coastal Sharks)(Natal Sharks), New South Wales Waratahs, Sydney FC, Canberra Raiders, Penrith Panthers, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Melbourne Demons, Central Cheetahs (Vodacom Cheetahs), Western Australia Force (Western Force), New Zealand Warriors (Auckland Warriors), Wellington Hurricanes, Port Adelaide Power, Adelaide 36ers , Hawthorn Hawks, Central Coast Mariners Football Club, Brisbane Roar (Queensland Roar), Newcastle Jets, Perth Wildcats , Western Bulldogs, ACT Brumbies, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs , St. George Dragons (defunct), Perth Glory, Melbourne Vixens , Australian Diamonds (national team), Canterbury Crusaders, Balmain Tigers (defunct), Gold Coast Football Club, North Sydney Bears (defunct), Barbagallo Perth Heat, Gold Coast United, South Australia Bite, Western Sydney Rollers, Wellington Phoenix, Illawarra Steelers (defunct), North Queensland Fury FC, Melbourne Tigers , Cape Town Stormers (Western Stormers)(Vodacom Stormers), Wollongong Hawks , Queensland Reds, Waikato Chiefs, South (Melbourne) Dragons, Australian Boomers, Tassie Tigers (Tasmanian Tigers), Townsville Crocodiles , Sydney Olympic , Cairns Taipans , Queensland Firebirds, Perth Blitz, South Australian Redbacks (Southern Redbacks), Western Suburbs Magpies (defunct), New South Wales Swifts (Sydney Swifts), Northern Eagles (defunct), Melbourne Rebels, WA Raiders, Box Hill Hawks , Casey Scorpions , North Ballarat Roosters , Auckland Blues, Sydney United , Australian Flames (national team), New Zealand Breakers , Queensland Bulls, Old Xaverians , Adelaide Thunderbirds , West Coast Fever, Sydney Kings , Mountains Kariong Cricket Club, East Bentleigh Cricket Club, Sydney Tigers , Penrith City Outlaws (UWS Outlaws), Gold Coast Blaze , Preshil Cricket Club, Western Warriors, Sydney Windies Cricket Club, Manly United , Otago Highlanders, Dandenong Jayco Rangers (Dandenong Rangers), Jinnah Cricket Club, Petersham RUFC Netball Club, ACE Netball Club, Orcas Netball, Australian Opals, Brisbane Bullets, Logan Thunder, Port Melbourne Borough , Fitzroy Lions, Newtown Jets (defunct), Alberton Cricket Club Inc., Australian Institute of Sport, Highett Cricket Club, Werribee Tigers , Gold Coast Seagulls (defunct), Canberra Capitals, Tuggeranong Hawks, Cumberland (defunct), Melbourne Phoenix , West Sydney Berries , Central Pulse , Gold Coast Chargers (defunct), Wollongong Wolves, Adelaide Lightning, Belconnen Magpies, Gold Coast Giants (defunct), Northern Bullants , Southern Steel , Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, West Sydney Pirates, Adelaide Rams (defunct), Ainslie Football Club, Eastlake Football Club, New South Wales Waratahs, Perth Lynx, Queanbeyan Tigers, SA Fire, Sydney Uni Flames, Townsville Fire, UTS Gridiron, West Sydney Razorbacks , Western Reds (defunct), Bendigo Spirit, Fitzroy Reds, Newcastle Rebels (defunct), Northern Mystics , NT Stingers, Old Melburnians , Perth Orioles , Perth Reds (defunct), Queensland Sundevils, Tassie Tigers, Victoria Aces, Victorian Eagles, Victorian state team, Wollongong Mustangs, ACT Monarchs, Adelaide Thunder, AIS Canberra Darters , Annandale Dales (defunct), Bankstown City Lions , Bendigo Bombers , Blacktown City Demons , Bondi Raiders, Bonnyrigg White Eagles , Brisbane Spinning Bullets, Bulleen Boomers, Canberra Labor Club Lakers, Canterbury Tactix , Coburg Tigers , Collegians Football Club , Collingwood Magpies , De La Salle Old Collegians , Frankston Dolphins , Geelong Cats , Glebe Dirty Reds (defunct), Hunter Jaegers , Hunter Mariners (defunct), Marcellin Old Collegians , Marconi Stallions , Melbourne Kestrels , New South Wales Patriots , Northwestern Predators, NSW Wolfpack, Old Brighton Grammarians , Old Scotch , Old Trinity Grammarians , Perth Wheelcats, Queensland Blades, Queensland Rams, Rockdale City Suns , Sandringham Zebras , South Coast Wolves , South Queensland Crushers (defunct), Southern Hotshots, St Bedes/Mentone Tigers Football Club , Sutherland Seahawks, Sutherland Sharks , Sydney Swans Reserves, Sydney University Lions, University Blues , Victoria Vikings, WA Thundersticks, Wenty Leagues WheelKings, Williamstown Seagulls , and Wollongong Roller Hawks.

It is not a short list.  (At the same time, it isn’t all that comprehensive. It only includes about 215 teams of the over 3,000 various teams I know exist in the country.)  I found only seven teams had people eleven total who listed a team as an interest.  The teams included 4 from the NRL, and 1 from the AFL, A-League and Super 14.  Gaia Online is different in league representation that FaceBook, blogger, Twitter, LiveJournal and its clones, where the AFL dominates.

The teams represented on Gaiai Online include Brisbane Broncos (1), Parramatta Eels (1), Sydney Roosters  (3),  Sydney FC (2), Canberra Raiders (1), Western Bulldogs (1), and ACT Brumbies (1). The 11 team interests listing include 9 people using 10 accounts.

If the duplicates are taken out, the network is the youngest where age can easily be determined.   The average of all users on Gaia Online is 18.5.  This compares to 24 on bebo, 26 on LiveJournal and its clones, 28 on orkut, and 29 on blogger.

Three people list their city of residence.  Two of those are in New South Wales and one is the ACT.  This could explain the favoring of the NRL.   Everyone who lists a country of residence lists their location as Australia.  This is also unique when compared to other networks because except for the smaller LiveJournal clones, there is some one from another country who is a fan of an Australian based team.

Four people list their gender: Three female and one male.  This ratio is nearly inverse of what bebo and blogger are where 66% of bebo users listing an Australian team as an interest are male and 70% of blogger users are male.

Gaia Online’s unique audience has an impact on the type of Australian sports fans on it.  They are younger, more New South Wales based and much more female.

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Based on data to date: Biggest Australian sports fandom

Posted by Laura on Saturday, 9 January, 2010

The following chart is based on the data gathered for posts to date.  It is intended to give a general idea as to the comparative size of various sports fandom communities to each other.  Blanks indicate that no data regarding that team on the service has been gathered; it does not indicate a size of zero for that particularly service.  If you would like specific data regarding a team on a service to understand where that number of coming from, please comment or e-mail me at laura[at]fanhistory[dot]com.  I am more than happy to explain it.

Leagues with teams at the bottom include AFL, AHL, A-League, Claxton Shield, Gridiron Australia Nationals, KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, NBL, Rugby League/State of Origin, Victorian Amateur Football Association.  The AFL’s expansion team puts one of their teams in the bottom 10.  Soccer teams, baseball teams, American/Gridiron football, basketball, netball, rugby union, ice hockey, rugby league and Australian rules football are at the bottom.  Some of these sports can be accounted for because of they are not popular sports in the country.  Others can be accounted for because the teams are part of secondary leagues and competitions.  It will be interesting to see how and if popularity shifts as more data is added from additional networks.

Edited to add: This post mostly came about as I needed to take a break from gathering Yahoo!Groups data.  The directory currently is not working for me.  It limits my ability to data gather as a result.  Two of the big things in terms of moving a team up or down the above list are Facebook and Twitter.  Facebook has a lot of voids and that’s easy enough to fill in.  I did that.  Things at the bottom didn’t change much but things at the top really did change with four clubs above the 40,000 fans threshold.

Given the huge leaps there, I cannot really foresee the top order changing much, especially as the Twitter data is already there. The other social networks out there just do not have populations to provide an audience that size. Facebook claims that 7,680,420 people are from Australia on its service. When 50,000 list their interest as the Magpies or the Blues, well, that’s .6% of all Australians on Facebook. Or put another way, 3 out of every 500 Australians on the site list one of those two teams as an interest. For a sports team, that seems really high and about on par for the most popular sports team in other countries. (The New York Yankees have about 785,000 fans for an American population of about 101,468,000 on Facebook. That puts the percentage at about .7%.)

Yahoo!Groups doesn’t have a large population. While bebo is popular in Australia, it doesn’t provide numbers even close to this. The only way to get numbers that large are to find community specific sites which require registration.

More edited to add: One of the things I did not realize with the various data sets I’ve been compiling is that about a third of the teams in the National Rugby League aren’t included. My bad. Most of my focus has been on the AFL. Hence, the oversight. I’ve compiled that again and rather than update with a third image, just going to say that there have been no major shake ups. The Brisbane Broncos remain on thop. The St. George Dragons are at the bottom with 240 fans. Second to last are the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs with 1,580. No team really has the big number of fans that the AFL has.

More editing: I normally tried variations of a team’s name for Facebook to make sure I get the highest number.  In the case of St. George Illawarra Dragons, I goofed and got the one that listed 240.  When I used St Geoergillawarra Dragons combed with St. George Illawarra Dragons, I got 9,200.  This change will show up in any future data analysis.  The collection date has always been changed to today just so I know when I got that number.

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Fremantle Dockers on Yahoo!Groups

Posted by Laura on Friday, 8 January, 2010

This post is part of a series looking at the AFL fandom on Yahoo!Groups.  It focuses on providing general historical information about these groups: When they were founded and activity levels.  For a critique of the problems on Yahoo!Groups in getting demographic information, read Sydney Swans on Yahoo!Groups and The AFL on Yahoo!Groups.

This post is about the Yahoo!Group’s Freemantle Dockers community.The Fremantle Dockers directory on Yahoo!Groups has five mailing lists.  Of these, four are actually about the AFL team and one is generally dedicated to the AFL.  The four lists are docker_1995, fremantledockersinternetclub, Fremantle_Dockers, and grazzasfremantledockersclub. The first was created in February 2008 and as three members.  There has been no legitimate content posted to it.  The second two were both founded in 2000. fremantledockersinternetclub has 17 members and legitimate content appears to have ended after May 2006. Fremantle_Dockers has 66 members.  Legitimate content ended after January 2005. grazzasfremantledockersclub was founded in December 1999 and has 23 members.  Legitimate content ended after April 2002.

I  added real posting from the lists together and created the following chart:

This community just is not as active as the Sydney Swans or Western Bulldogs.  The peak for the Bulldogs was at about 24 and the peak for the Swans was 49.  What is interesting is that the peaks differ, with a 2003 peak for the Dockers compared to a 2001 and 2008 peak for the Bulldogs and a 2005 and 2006 peak for the Swans. According to Wikipedia, 2003 was a great year for the Dockers as they finished 5th and made it to the finals.  While they finished 3rd and made it to the finals in 2006, there was no similar bump.  For this team, there have to be other factors at play to explain the overall low posting volume and the total posting drop off since late 2006.

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