What is it with Red Sox fans and Web 2.0?
Even though I am a Los Angeles Fan (primarily the Angels and secondarily the Dodgers), I am intrigued by the passion of Boston Red Sox fans. It also seems like Red Sox have done the best job in Major League Baseball of co-opting Web 2.0 for their nearly exclusive use.
On Twitter, there are countless Red Sox fans including some people I follow like @astrout, @jstorerj, @naomimarr, @adamcohen and @blg. I have only been able to find a handful of Angel fans (@geekgiant and @angelstalk) and they do not come close to displaying the fervor or producing the same Twitter volume as Red Sox. In fact, it’s quite fun even for a non-Boston fan to follow #redsox on Twitter Search especially during games as the Twitter traffic is usually pretty stimulating.
I also participated in a friendly Web 2.0 wager with some Red Sox fans via Twitter (mostly Mzinga friends and family) over the recently completed Red Sox vs. Angels American League Division Championship Series. The bet was that the fans of the losing team need to display their fealty to the winning team by changing their social media profile pictures and making one positive Tweet about the winning team per day until the end of the baseball season. Which is why I am now on a Red Sox bobble head and why my profile pictures on Twitter and Facebook display a Red Sox cap.
When you look on Facebook, there are a dozen or more Red Sox and Red Sox nation fan pages and groups with thousands and thousands of members. By comparison, there are just a couple of Angels pages and groups with a total combined membership of about 10,000.
And then there is the blog traffic. During a quick scan of Technorati, I saw that there are 366 blogs about the Boston Red Sox. Meanwhile, there are only 75 blogs about Los Angeles Angels. It also looks like the blog post traffic for the Red Sox is running about 5x the posts for the Angels.
And these Web 2.0 stats just represent the computer-literate Red Sox fans and don’t include the countless Red Sox fans whose lips move when they’re reading or who don’t own computers.
My last hope in 2008 is for the Dodgers (including Manny and my neighbor Nomar who lives down the street) to meet up with the Red Sox in the World Series in 2 weeks and redeem LA’s honor on the field. But I don’t think we’ll ever catch up with the Red Sox in the Web 2.0 world.
Otherwise I may have to change team and Web 2.0 loyalties if the Red Sox dominance over Los Angeles continues.