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Manchester City top Twitter's new football league table

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Twitter has today launched its very own ranking system for Premier League clubs, with current champions Manchester City coming out top of the microblogging league.

The brand new measure system shows which clubs are using Twitter most effectively to communicate with their fans and "bring the club to life" online.

Manchester City FC Twitter screenshot


It highlights some of the most dedicated fanbases and social-engaged clubs, rather than those with just the highest volumes of followers or high-profile players.

Despite being second place in the Premier League to their local rivals, Manchester City currently top the new #TwitterLeagueTable, ahead of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Current Premier League leaders Manchester United languish down in 11th place, and Wigan Athletic sit rock bottom in the league in terms of effective use of Twitter.

Twitter has not published the precise methodology behind its rankings, but said that it "looked at a variety of factors" which include, but are not limited to, fan use of team hashtags, number of followers for the team and players, and fan engagement with content shared by the club on Twitter.

The complete #TwitterLeagueTable runs as follows:

1. Manchester City
2. Chelsea
3. Tottenham Hotspur
4. Liverpool
5. Arsenal
6. Everton
7. Newcastle United
8. Queens Park Rangers
9. Aston Villa
10. Norwich City
11. Manchester United
12. Reading
13. Sunderland
14. West Bromwich Albion
15. West Ham United
16. Southampton
17. Fulham
18. Stoke City
19. Swansea City
20. Wigan Athletic

Sport is a huge driver of traffic on Twitter, with seven of the UK's top ten most-tweeted about moments in 2012 being sport-related.

Football fans among the around 10m people in the UK who use Twitter can help push their club up the rankings over the season by following their team or players, and tweeting the relevant hashtags, such as #MUFC (Manchester United), #CFC (Chelsea) and #MCFC (Manchester City).

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli

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Lewis Wiltshire, the head of sport at Twitter UK, said that the social network is about bringing people close to what they care about, and for many people that is football.

He said that there have been many big football moments on Twitter over the past 12 months, including Eden Hazard announcing his move to Chelsea and QPR confirming Mark Hughes's departure and the appointment of Harry Redknapp on its Twitter feed.

"Well-respected voices like Gary Lineker have joined too, making Twitter the ideal place for fans to get closer to their teams, join in conversations, show their support, as well as hear from the experts," he said.

"And whilst fans may not be able to determine the position of their team in the actual Premier League, this is one table where fans can make their support count.

"By following their clubs and tweeting with the relevant hashtags, supporters can help move their team up the table. When it comes to the 2012/13 season on Twitter, it's still wide open."

Some Twitter football facts:

- @Arsenal is the UK's most followed club, with more than 2m followers.
- Three Premier League clubs have more than 1m followers - @arsenal, @chelseaFC and @LFC.
- The most followed club in the world is @FCBarcelona, with 7.8m followers. The Spanish club also has the @FCBarcelona_es and @FCBarcelona_cat accounts, which each have more than 2m followers.
- @WayneRooney is the UK's most followed footballer, with more than 5.5m followers, while Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) is the world's most followed footballer (and indeed sportsmen) with more than 15m followers.

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