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James Franklin's Top 22 Tweets of His First 6 Months as Penn State Football Coach

by on July 11, 2014 12:35 AM

That’s 267 Tweets down and tens of thousands to go.

It’s been exactly six months since James Franklin was introduced as Penn State’s 16th head football coach on Jan. 11, 2014.

And since then the social media savvy coach (savant?) has pumped out more than 22 dozen original Tweets – plus scores more ReTweets.

Although Franklin professes that he's not a big fan of the 140-character missives, he acknowledges they are a necessary sales tool to reach recruits and fans alike.

He has more than 76,500 followers thanks in part to his consistent output. After 26 original Tweets in January and 27 in February, Franklin has hit his stride, never dipping below 47 Tweets a month since then.

The quality of Franklin's Tweets -- which are now often #muchbetter thanks to graphics and links -- have improved as the year's progressed.

His favorite hashtags? #PSUnrivaled to complement his No. 1 pose, #107kStrong to sell Beaver Stadium seats and – his top tag, to signify a verbal commitment -- #WeAre…Better.

His favorite subjects? "Wanted 2 take the time 2 wish a member of OUR FAMILY Happy B-Day," practice videos, quotes from such football luminaries as Martin Luther King and Albert Einstein, and pics of his daughters.

Below is our Top Tweety-two list of Franklin’s best original Tweets, in chronological order:

JANUARY 14

JANUARY 20

 

JANUARY 30

 

FEBRUARY 5

 

FEBRUARY 15

 

MARCH 6

 

MARCH 11

 

MARCH 18

 

MARCH 24

 

MARCH 29

 

APRIL 1

 

APRIL 11

 

APRIL 13

 

MAY 11

 

MAY 11

 

MAY 16

 

MAY 28

 

MAY 29

 

JUNE 3

 

JUNE 17

 

JUNE 21

 

JUNE 28

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Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979. He is a senior lecturer in Penn State's College of Communications and teaches a pair of classes in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism: “Sports Writing” and “Introduction to the Sports Industry.” He created and taught for several years the Center’s course on “Joe Paterno, Communications and The Media.” Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PSUPoorman. His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.
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