He is smart, charming and handsome. He’s a hero to children, a friend to all men and a sex symbol women long for. He’s Matt Jones. And he’s also one of Lexington’s most influential Tweeters. KyForward.com put together a top-10 list of the most powerful Twitter personalities in Lexington and Matt checked in at #4, behind a “sexythinker”, Coach Cal and an iPhone hacker.
So how did Matt get to be so awesome in the social media world? Well, we’ll let him explain it.
Jones, who goes by KySportsRadio on Twitter, joined the site in 2009, just as it was becoming popular, which helped him stand out among the pack, he said.
And he’s been surprised to see how Twitter has “completely changed the news model for everyone.” Twitter has leveled the playing field between mainstream and fringe reporting.
“It’s actually made sites like ours more important,” said Jones, who also hosts KSTV on Insight channel 2. “The hook is the headline. Twitter is about headlines. I don’t need to go to the Herald-Leader website to get the news. I need to find the right people on Twitter to follow.”
Jones feels his big Twitter break came during the trial involving Karen Sypher, who was convicted in 2010 of trying to extort money from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.
TV cameras and phones were not allowed to be used in the courtroom, so Jones would regularly exit the courtroom to tweet what happened, he said.
“And ESPN radio shows … were literally reading my quotes on the air,” he said. “I got 4,000 followers in two days.”
If you started following Matt during the Sypher trial, you just got a shout-out on KyForward.com. High five! Anyway, here are the top 10 Most Influential Tweeters in Lexington:
1. Amanda Hite (@sexythinker)
2. John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari)
3. Joshua Hill (@posixninja)
4. Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio)
5. Whitney Pannell (@whitneypannell)
6. Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics)
7. Shannon Denniston (@denniston)
8. Web Pro News (@WebProNews)
9. Gentleman John Clay (@johnclayiv)
10. Twellow Directory (@twellow)