Getting a late start on this installment as I’ve been doing some housekeeping on the blog for Friday. Tonight, I’ll do just one category here, Olympics. Over the weekend, expect college football and basketball, TV & Radio and finally, I’ll do what I’ll call the Best of the Rest. This is a bigger undertaking than I thought, but I certainly think it’s worth it and I hope you’re finding some new followers. So far, I’ve given you 87 account suggestions. Here are some more.
NBCOlympics — The official Twitter account of NBC Olympics, this is a very good account to follow every two years. This gave out real-time results during Vancouver which put it in the very strange position of spoiling TV coverage. But if you don’t care about that, then by all means follow. This also provides news and RT’s to American athletes’ accounts. This has 149,496 tweeps.
BBC2012 — This is the official account of BBC’s Olympic account for the London games. This will give you the London 2012 Official Broadcaster’s point of view for next year’s Olympiad. This links you to articles on the BBC’s comprehensive London 2012 site and also provides updates on the Beeb’s coverage plans. This is one of my favorite sites in anticipation of the London Olympics. It has 4,076 followers, but expect that to go up as the Games get closer.
CTVOlympics — One more official Olympic broadcasting account. This is CTV from Canada. During the Vancouver Games last year, this was a great account to follow especially to keep track of athletes and news from the Great White North. I expect nothing less for the London Games. It’s already hyping some of the Canadian athletes expected to compete for a medal next year. It had a ton of followers during the Winter Games last year, but many dropped off when the Olympics were over. Expect the following to go up as the Summer Olympics get closer. CTV Olympics currently has 6,886 followers.
UniversalSports –The official account of NBC’s Universal Sports network, it provides updates on the events on its air, but also interacts with viewers. I like how this account is constantly updated and gives fans links to stories on its website. Universal Sports has 18,501 tweeps.
IOCmedia — This is the public relations arm of the International Olympic Committee. This links to press releases from the IOC regarding all things Olympics. There’s no interaction with tweeps. This account can go for several days without tweeting. However, during votes for Olympic hosts or during the Games, it can get quite busy. This has 2,735 followers.
OlyPhil — Our first Olympic beat reporter, Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, is one of the best writers who follows Olympic sports. He maintains a very busy blog at the Tribune. Philip often uses the account as an RSS feed, but there are times when it becomes quite valuable especially during the Olympic host bids. And during the Games, he’ll tweet as much as he can from the events that he covers. Philip has a following of 2,100.
alanabrahamson — Alan Abrahamson is another Olympics writer. Currently, he blogs at 3 Wire Sports, but he’s done work for NBC’s Universal Sports and free lanced for various publications. Alan is well-connected as any reporter and covers the IOC as well as anybody. Alan has 1,345 followers, but it should be more.
roncjudd — A columnist for the Seattle Times, Ron C. Judd is a veteran Olympics reporter and did a great job blogging for the paper from Vancouver. Ron also covered the Summer Olympics in Communist China and provided plenty of columns. Ron’s Twitter account is a mixture of Olympics and general news tweets. During London, I expect him to be quite busy. Ron has 560 followers, but you can help that go up.
trippmickle — Tripp Mickle is the Olympics and action sports reporter for the Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily. Extremely well connected, he was on the ground in Lausanne, Switzerland during the US TV rights bids when ESPN, Fox and NBC all provided the IOC with their figures to broadcast the Games. And he was able to glean information that others did not. His account is full of good information. Tripp has 2,795 followers.
stevewilsonap — We’ll wrap up this category with Steve Wilson, the Associated Press’ European sports editor and covers Olympic sports. He also covered the US TV rights bidding providing a lot of good tweets. And during the 2018 Winter Olympics host bidding, he was right on top of the voting for Pyeongchang, South Korea. Steve has 1,446 followers, but you can make that go up.
I’m going to end it there for the night. So with 10 more accounts, that’s a total of 97 Twitter accounts you should follow. Back with more on Friday.