Tuesday 05 November 2013
Arsenal have become the first sports team in the UK to reach three million followers on Twitter. The account passed the mark over the weekend as the club went five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Liverpool.
@Arsenal was launched in 2009 and has become the fifth-largest in the world after @FCBarcelona, @RealMadrid, @Lakers and @GalatasaraySK. Among the clubs in the Barclays Premier League, @arsenal is followed closely by @chelseafc which has 2.98m followers.
"It is immensely satisfying to become the first Barclays Premier League to reach three million Twitter followers," Richard Clarke, managing editor of the Arsenal Media Group, said. "We are working harder than ever to engage with the club's fans on social media and they seem to have responded positively to what we are doing. We are putting up more pictures, graphics and audio while most major interviews have a social media element. We’ll be looking to innovate further in the months ahead."
Arsenal also are among a number of clubs to run Twitter accounts in foreign languages. All 20 clubs in the Barclays Premier League have Twitter accounts supplying their fans with important information as well as giving them an insight to behind the scenes and the chance to interact with their heroes.
Here are the Twitter handles for the clubs.
Arsenal - @Arsenal
Aston Villa - @AVFCOfficial
Cardiff City - @CardiffCityFC
Chelsea - @chelseafc
Crystal Palace - @Official_CPFC
Everton - @Everton
Fulham - @FulhamFC
Hull City - @hullcityteam
Liverpool - @LFC
Manchester City - @MCFC
Manchester United - @ManUtd
Newcastle United - @NUFCOfficial
Norwich City - @NorwichCityFC
Southampton - @SouthamptonFC
Stoke City - @stokecity
Sunderland - @SAFCOfficial
Swansea City - @SwansOfficial
Tottenham Hotspur - @SpursOfficial
West Bromwich Albion - @WBAFCofficial
West Ham United - @whufc_official