Twitter has become the main medium for athletes to communicate directly with their fans and some have embraced it more than others.
Back in December, 2010, there were only 17 athletes with one million Twitter followers. A year later, there are now 22 athletes that have already reached the two million follower mark. A few of the names will surprise you. And there might even be one or two you have never heard of.
Here is the full breakdown by sports:
Soccer (9), NBA (6), NFL (2), Skateboarding (2), Boxing (1), Cycling (1), Tennis (1).
Data via Tweeting-Athletes.com
Twitter account: @PaulPierce34
Most Recent Tweet: 2nd anniversary campaign for #Haiti includes you, me + 120 million others! Chip in RT #AidStillRequired
Twitter account: @RyanSheckler
Most Recent Tweet: Just surfed corners! Costa Rica is the sh*t
Twitter account: @Cesc4official
Most Recent Tweet: In bed ready to sleep. Got to be 100% for the big game on wednesday!
Twitter account: @DiegoForlan7
Most Recent Tweet: Sto finendo di mangiare all'Hotel Bulgari con @sneijder101010 e la sua moglie @yolanthecabau
Twitter account: @reggie_bush
Most Recent Tweet: I'm definitely watching that Real Madrid vs. Barcelona match today! I'm gonna take Barcelona on this one!!!
Twitter account: @AndresIniesta8
Most Recent Tweet: Saliendo del control antidoping. Derbi intenso como siempre. Lástima del empate final.
Twitter account: @FloydMayweather
Most Recent Tweet: RT @latimespugmire: Floyd Mayweather Jr. tweets 'I'm ready to fight Pacquiao 5/5/12' #boxing
Twitter account: @SerenaWilliams
Most Recent Tweet: Lol love u back- and U go to sleep... RT @BrittGastineau: @serenawilliams go to SLEEP!!!! LOL love u mucho
Twitter account: @RealLamarOdom
Most Recent Tweet: I'm not from Dallas but I D Town boogie!
Twitter account: @DwyaneWade
Most Recent Tweet: We appreciate u guys staying open late so I can have my bday dinner 2niteRT @SustainMIA: Great seeing you guys!
Twitter account: @WayneRooney
Most Recent Tweet: Great to have Keys and grey back. Love the show. Listen every day on my way to work. Follow @TSKeysandGray
Twitter account: @ClaroRonaldo
Most Recent Tweet: Great, what kind of goal?RT @Ronaldo9_R9 @ClaroRonaldo gooooooooooal!! I just scored con you en playstation #BRASIL
Twitter account: @TonyHawk
Most Recent Tweet: Just landed in Auckland to find our #ridechannel is live on YouTube! Go here, enjoy:
Twitter account: @10Ronaldinho
Most Recent Tweet: Ronaldinho drawn attention of the supporters and a poncho tarabuqueño was gifted to him after training, in Sucre.
Twitter account: @DwightHoward
Most Recent Tweet: How is World Peace gonna start a FIGHT lol.
Twitter account: @Njr92
Most Recent Tweet: Irado o Iphone 4S que a Claro me mandou...Valeu galera !! Bjao
Twitter account: @ochocinco
Most Recent Tweet: Got pulled over again by the police for speeding in the Prius but Evelyn was driving this time and her slick mouth almost got us arrested!!
Twitter account: @lancearmstrong
Most Recent Tweet: Wow. Powerful series of photos from @CNN.
Twitter account: @KingJames
Most Recent Tweet: 'No Matter how it goes down, Life goes On'
Twitter account: @SHAQ
Most Recent Tweet: Sittn here in front of these great staples centre fans brings back memories I miss u guys to
Twitter account: @Cristiano
Most Recent Tweet: Using Pepe's mobile and with Marcelo relaxing before tonight's game. Hala Madrid!
Twitter account: @Kaka
Most Recent Tweet: ...I am totally focused on following my personal and collective goals at Real Madrid.
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