Twitter followers of NFL teams - additional information
Twitter is used by the franchises of the National Football League to give fans regular news about their team, as well as in-play updates on their games. The most followed team in the NFL since 2012 has been the New England Patriots, who go by the Twitter handle @Patriots and joined the website in April 2009. The team’s follower total stood at 1.24 million in February 2015, a significant increase on the 394,000 followers it had in August 2012. The team with the fewest Twitter followers is the Arizona Cardinals, whose total stood at around 158 thousand in February 2015. However, the Cardinals were relatively late in joining the social media website in comparison to other franchises, having only signed up in October 2011.
One of the most followed playerson Twitter is actually a former NFL-player. Chad Johnson, who had over 3.6 million followers on Twitter as of August 2014. The wide receiver last played for the Miami Dolphins in 2012 and is now playing in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes. His Twitter handle is @ochocinco, a surname which he adopted in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Ocho Cinco means “eight five” in Spanish, a reference to the jersey number 85 which he wore throughout his time in the NFL. Johnson legally changed his name to Chad Ochocinco in 2008 before changing it back to Chad Johnson following his move to the Miami Dolphins in 2012.
The NFL is also widely popular on Facebook and the official league page had over 12.5 million fans as of February 2015. The most popular team was the Dallas Cowboys, whose page has been liked by 8.4 million fans. The least followed team on Facebook was the Jacksonville Jaguars, whose page had around 520,000 fans.