PokerStars dug into the networking monster we all know as social media recently by utilizing FollowerWonk, a social monitoring tool, in an effort to discover the poker players that rank the highest in the social media world.
The Number 1 spot? Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu ranked the highest!
The PokerStars Blog published the "PokerStars Social Score" which combined the FollowerWonk's Social Authority Twitter ranking, Likealyzer Facebook score, along with the number of social networks each player was active in. Along with Facebook and Twitter, YouTube and Instagram also played a part in the research.
The Top Five
Negreanu had a social score of 78 out of 100 and is active on all four social networks used for the ranking. Negreanu has an impressive 306,000 Twitter followers and 122,000 Facebook fans.
Phil Ivey came in second place and had the most Twitter followers — 957,000 — and the most Facebook fans — 194,000. Ivey ranked lower than Negreanu mainly due to other factors which included the amount of retweets in the last few hundred Tweets and Facebook comments.
Liv Boeree scooped third place with 86,000 Twitter followers and 55,000 Facebook fans. Boeree prefers to use Vine for video social networking rather than YouTube and that may have cost her some points in the survey.
2005 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe Hachem ranked fourth in the PokerStars social rankings. He has approximately 30,000 Twitter followers and 18,000 Facebook fans and is active on all four social networks.
Jason Mercier took the fifth spot in the top five with 89,000 Twitter followers and 41,000 Facebook fans — if he was active on YouTube, he may have scored higher.
An interesting note: Joe Sebok ranked in 14th-place. Formerly a professional poker player, Sebok hit second with 945,000 Twitter followers. Retweets and Facebook likes were an important factor in his ranking. He left the poker world to take on a role in the wine business and his role as an Ultimate Bet spokesperson when Black Friday hit may have been specific factors in his ranking.
Phil Hellmuth, who was one of the faces of Ultimate Bet, did not appear to receive as much fallout from the poker community as Sebok did. Hellmuth ranked 10th on the list mainly due to his 194,000 Twitter followers and 73,000 Facebook fans.
Check the following infographic to see PokerStars Social Score and all the top poker players in the world of social networking:
Another note of interest, Team PokerStars Pros filled three of the top five spots! Congratulations Team!