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Matt Jones, Man of Influence


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. 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  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)

Article written by Thomas Beisner

12 Comments for Matt Jones, Man of Influence

  1. NBA league pass
    11:43 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I hate twitter. Guess I’m old.

  2. mocha
    11:43 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    holla MJ.

  3. Mr. Hite
    11:59 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Does it count if I share the same last name as sexythinker? I don’t know what it counts towards, but it.. counts.

  4. Lincoln Park
    12:02 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Gotta be the butt-cut…

  5. douggercats
    12:06 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Gentlemen John is seething.

    12:12 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Matt Jones’ butt cut is simply unparalleled

  7. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    12:31 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    New mission for the BBN…..get Not Jerry Tipton at the top of that list!

  8. hoss_cat
    12:36 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    who the heck is this sexythinker and why is she popular?

    2:25 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    8 thats what i want to know! We already knew Matt Jones is Awesome!

  10. WestWorld
    5:31 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    how does Joker not make the top 10?

  11. KYsportsjunkie
    5:43 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    My God – does it never end??????

  12. Really?
    9:43 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I know Shannon Denniston personally and all I can say is “seriously”? All he does is that multi-level marketing crap and tries to act like he’s rich and successful, when all actuality he is very middle class and the money he even got started on came from his family.