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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the ebb and flow of the lead up to Ohio State’s victory in the Sugar Bowl and the rise of the men’s basketball team to a No. 2 ranking in the country, the Facebook fervor among Buckeye Nation spiked in December.

Facebook.com/Buckeyes, the official social media site of the Ohio State Athletics Department, experienced a record-setting December as the page added more than 80,000 “likes” during the year’s final month.

The increased traffic during the holiday season helped Ohio State move past the 700,000 follower mark Thursday.

Currently, Ohio State ranks as the No. 1 official collegiate following on Facebook. In a poll released Dec. 13 by www.SoonerSports.com, Ohio State’s then-total of 650,851 fans led No. 2 Texas and its following of 384,677. Florida (370,873), Kentucky (254,331) and Wisconsin (209,765) rounded out the Top 5 in the unofficial poll.

Facebook Poll – Dec. 13 by SoonerSports.com
 Official Page  Fans P
1.  Ohio State  650,811 1
2.  Texas  384,677 2
3.  Florida  370,873 3
4.  Kentucky  254,331 4
5.  Wisconsin  209,765 5
6.  Oklahoma  193,090 6
7.  North Carolina  166,639 7
8.  Oregon  161,004 10
9.  Michigan State  159,473 9
10.  Iowa  157,648 8
11.  Alabama  136,034 11
12.  South Carolina  130,190 12
13.  Arkansas  113,627 13
14.  Syracuse  111,951 14
15.  Penn State  111,793 15
16.  West Virginia  109,080 16
17.  Washington  90,011 17
18.  Tennessee  84,321 18
19.  Nebraska  83,070 19
20.  LSU  81,213 20

Ohio State’s Facebook Fan Growth

The 80,000 “likes” added in December topped the consistent pace of about 50,000 adds per month dating back to this past summer.

  • Jan. 9, 2010 – 700,000
  • Dec. 2, 2010 – 600,000
  • Oct. 3, 2010 – 500,000
  • Aug. 1, 2010 – 400,000
  • June 6, 2010 – 300,000
  • Feb. 18, 2010- 250,000
  • Oct. 30, 2009 – 200,000
  • Aug. 14, 2009 – 150,000
  • May 11, 2009 – 100,000
  • Jan. 16, 2009 – 50,000
  • Nov. 7, 2008 – 20,000

Hash Tag the Buckeyes on Twitter

Ohio State athletics has adopted an official hash tag for the Twitter community. Express your thoughts and feelings about all things in and around Ohio State athletics by using #GoBucks.

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FACEBOOK:

  • Ohio State University Women’s Basketball (www.facebook.com/OhioStateWomensBasketball)
  • The Ohio State University Cheerleaders (www.facebook.com/OSUCHEER)
  • Ohio State University Field Hockey (www.facebook.com/OhioStateFieldHockey)
  • The Ohio State University Hockey (Men’s) (www.facebook.com/ohiostatemenshockey)
  • Ohio State University Women’s Hockey (www.facebook.com/ohiostatewomenshockey)
  • Ohio State Women’s Lacrosse (www.facebook.com/OhioStateWomensLacrosse)
  • Ohio State University Men’s Soccer (www.facebook.com/OhioStateMensSoccer)
  • Ohio State University Women’s Tennis
  • Ohio State Tennis (Men) (www.facebook.com/osutennis)
  • Ohio State University Men’s Track and Cross Country (www.facebook.com/OSUtrackXC)
  • Ohio State University Women’s Track and Cross Country (www.facebook.com/OSUwtrackXC)
  • Ohio State Women’s Volleyball
  • Ohio State
  • Buckeye Sports Camps (www.facebook.com/BuckeyeSportsCamps)
  • OSU Ice Rink
  • Ohio State University Athletic Compliance
  • The Ohio State University Student-Athlete Support Services Office
  • The Official Team Shop at Ohio State University (www.facebook.com/OSUTeamShop)

TWITTER:

  • Men’s Golf: www.twitter.com/OhioState_MGOLF
  • Women’s Golf: www.twitter.com/OhioState_WGOLF
  • Women’s Gymnastics: www.twitter.com/OhioState_WGYM  
  • Men’s Hockey: www.twitter.com/OhioState_MHKY
  • Women’s Hockey: www.twitter.com/OhioState_WHKY
  • Men’s Lacrosse: www.twitter.com/OhioState_MLAX
  • Women’s Lacrosse: www.twitter.com/OhioState_WLAX
  • Men’s Soccer: www.twitter.com/OhioState_MSOC
  • Softball: www.twitter.com/OhioState_SB
  • Men’s Tennis: www.twitter.com/osutennis
  • Women’s Tennis: www.twitter.com/OhioState_WTEN
  • Women’s Volleyball: www.twitter.com/ohiostatewvball
  • Wrestling: www.twitter.com/wrestlingbucks
  • Compliance: www.twitter.com/OSUCompliance
  • SASSO: www.twitter.com/SASSO_OSU