See which Vikings rock Twitter hardest

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Which Vikings rock Twitter hardest? Read on.
The NFL doesn't allow its players to use Twitter from the sidelines, but that doesn't stop some Minnesota Vikings from having a lot to say in 140 characters or less when games and practices are over.

And here's what we wanted to know: Which Vikings rock Twitter the hardest?

There are some simple ways to rank them: Count their followers, and count their tweets. But we also used Twitalyzer to gauge which players have the most impact, and what kind of influence they have on the Twitter field.

Twitalyzer measures impact by combining a user's followers and tweets, as well as how frequently the user is re-tweeted and re-tweets others, and how often the user is referenced. Then it offers a score and a percentile ranking. We're interested in the percentiles.

For example, Greg Lewis has an impact ranking in the 74.2nd percentile. That means he has a higher impact than 74.2 percent of all Twitter users being tracked.

Twitalyzer also identifies three kinds of influencers, but makes no judgment calls about whether one kind is better than another. There are "sources," who have smaller networks and originate ideas. "Spiders" have mid-sized networks and are socially connected. And "suns" have large networks of first-level connections.

Bryant McKinney, for example, is classified as a "spider."

We found 20 Vikes with pubic Twitter accounts -- Brett Favre is not among them -- and put them to the test. Here's what we found out, as of Saturday before the pre-season win over Seattle. Note: Twitalyzer doesn't rank a user if they haven't tweeted in the past seven days.

  • Most Followers: Jared Allen, 41,392
  • Least Followers: Adrian Battles, 269
  • Most Tweets: Bryant McKinney, 22,837
  • Least Tweets: E.J. Henderson, 18
  • Highest Impact: Bernard Berrian, 97.6th percentile
  • Lowest Impact: Chris Kluwe and Adrian Battles (tie), 46.7th percentile

Here's how all 20 Vikings players performed on the Twitter field, in alphabetical order, with links to their Twitter pages:

Jared Allen
Tweets: 87
Followers: 41,392
Impact: 95.4th percentile
Influencer Type: Source

Adrian Battles
Tweets: 2,144
Followers: 269
Impact: 46.7th Percentile
Influencer Type: Spider

Bernard Berrian
Tweets: 14,065
Followers: 13,109
Impact: 97.6th Percentile
Influencer Type: Spider

Jasper Brinkley
Tweets: 317
Followers: 1,381
Impact: 50.2nd Percentile
Influencer Type: Source

Chris DeGeare
Tweets: 1,560
Followers: 581
Impact: 50.2nd Percentile
Influencer Type: Spider

Fred Evans
Tweets: 1,567
Followers: 274
Impact: 68th Percentile
Influencer Type: Spider

E.J. Henderson
Tweets: 18
Followers: 2,581
Impact: N/A (Hasn't tweeted anything on his official account since last December)
Influencer Type: N/A

Erin Henderson
Tweets: 2,116
Followers: 2,907
Impact: 73rd Percentile
Influencer Type: Source

Tarvaris Jackson
Tweets: 70
Followers: 3,015
Impact: N/A (Hasn't tweeted anything on this account since Aug. 19)
Influencer Type: N/A

Jaymar Johnson
Tweets: 74
Followers: 1,812
Impact: 58.7th Percentile
Influencer Type: Source

Chris Kluwe
Tweets: 79
Followers: 407
Impact: 46.7th Percentile
Influencer Type: Spider

Greg Lewis
Tweets: 230
Followers: 829
Impact: 74.2nd Percentile
Influencer Type: Source

Rhys Lloyd
Tweets: 3,292
Followers: 2,482
Impact: 61st Percentile
Influencer Type: Source

Bryant McKinnie
Tweets: 22,837
Followers: 20,034
Impact: 97.6th Percentile
Influencer Type: Spider

Kenny Onatolu
Tweets: 121
Followers: 335
Impact: N/A (Hasn't tweeted anything on this account since Aug. 17)
Influencer Type: N/A

Sidney Rice
Tweets: 822
Followers: 29,437
Impact: 97.3rd Percentile
Influencer Type: Source

Brian Robison
Tweets: 726
Followers: 1,035
Impact: 60.9th Percentile
Influencer Type: Spider

Jamarca Sanford
Tweets: 897
Followers: 1,569
Impact: 74.2nd Percentile
Influencer Type: Source

Visanthe Shiancoe
Tweets: 3,572
Followers: 22,504
Impact: 94.5th Percentile
Influencer Type: Source

Albert Young
Tweets: 1,614
Followers: 1,566
Impact: 62.9th Percentile
Influencer Type: Source


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