The 2012/13 Social Media Premier League

29 August 2012, 15:08

The beginning of a new Premier League season doesn’t just mean the return of ┬áhours of inane punditry from ex-professionals in dodgy designer shirts. No, it also marks the return of the Social Media Premier League (which, due to my love of acronyms that don’t quite make sense, will now be known as SMEPL).

Just like the professional game, relegation is a fact of life in the SMEPL so out go Blackburn, Bolton and Wolves – three clubs who had contrasting fortunes in previous versions of the SMEPL table – and in come Reading, Southampton and West Ham. How will the new boys fair? You can find out below.

KloutPeer IndexTOTAL
3Manchester City826875
4Tottenham Hotspur826875
5Aston Villa717171
6Norwich City806170.5
9Newcastle United715965
11Queens Park Rangers725764.5
12Wigan Athletic795064.5
13West Ham United715764
16West Bromwich Albion705060
17Stoke City693954
19Swansea City116940

Previous versions of this table┬áhave seen Chelsea lead the way by some considerable distance and at the start of the 2012/13 season it’s apparent that very little has changed, however the gap has began to close ever so slightly.

Elsewhere it’s clear that Everton have tailed off dramatically while Wigan Athletic have began to climb the league, Swansea are still struggling at the bottom due to a low and possibly unfair Peer Index score, in the North East Sunderland have overtaken Newcastle as social media top dogs and Manchester United still don’t have a Twitter account.

Across the board it’s apparent that scores are rising. Is this down to a greater understanding of how to use social media amongst football clubs, or is it simply due to the recent formula rejigging undertaken by Klout? Have you seen an upturn in the level and quality of interaction from clubs over the summer months? Let me know.

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