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Aug. 4, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s deep and faithful fan base has helped Facebook.com/Buckeyes become the first official collegiate page to reach one million likes.

Facebook.com/Buckeyes, which currently ranks No. 1 among all collegiate Facebook fan pages at roughly 1,002,000 “likes” as of Aug. 4, has experienced a consistent and increasing number of followers since its reintroduction November 2008.

“To be honest, it comes as no surprise,” Pat Kindig, a lead administrator for Facebook.com/Buckeyes, said. “Ohio State’s following does not waver. Reaching one million on Facebook is just another example of the strength and dedication of the Buckeye fan base. The Best Fans in the Land? No doubt.”

Nothing could be further from the truth within the social media circles as Ohio State’s main Facebook page has seen an average of roughly 50,000 additional likes per month since this time last year.

Ohio State’s Facebook Fan Growth

• July 31, 2011 – 1,000,000
• May 16, 2011 – 900,000
• March 11, 2011 – 800,000
• Jan. 9, 2011 – 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

We’re No. 1
According to a poll posted on SoonerSports.com, Ohio State continues to hold the No. 1 Facebook following among official collegiate pages. With 1,002,000 page “likes” Facebook.com/Buckeyes boasts a significant lead over Nos. 2-5: Texas (645,791), Florida (625,108), Kentucky (484,845) and Wisconsin (319,267) in the unofficial rankings as of Aug. 4.

Brutus Wants You Promotion
As a reward to the Best Fans in the Land, Facebook.com/Buckeyes is running the Brutus Wants You: Celebrating One Million “Likes” promotion through August. Buckeye fans that follow the official Ohio State athletics Facebook page will have the opportunity to enter weekly prize drawings as the 2011 football season nears. Fans can enter the contest by simply signing up for the Buckeye Update Enewsletters.

Fans can enter to win T-shirts, hats and also have a chance to win the grand prize of two tickets to the 2011 season opener vs. Akron by:

Or by visiting www.Facebook.com/Buckeyes and navigating to the”BuckeyeUpdate” page. From there, click the sign up graphic for theOhio State athletics Buckeye Update Enewsletter.

Ohio State will contact weekly winners via the email account submitted to the Buckeye Update Enewsletter sign up process. Fans will not be contacted via Facebook, so please check your email accounts.

More Social Media in Buckeye Land

FACEBOOK FAN COUNT (as of August 2, 2011):

    • 3,070      The Ohio State University Cheerleaders (facebook.com/OSUCHEER)
  • 2,151      The Ohio State University Hockey (Men’s) (facebook.com/ohiostatemenshockey)
  • 1,636      Ohio State Women’s Volleyball (facebook.com/pages/Ohio-State-Womens-Volleyball/129536180890)
  • 1,183      Ohio State University Wrestling (facebook.com/OhioStateUniversityWrestling)
  • 1,176      Ohio State University Women’s Basketball (facebook.com/OhioStateWomensBasketball)
  • 985         Ohio State University Men’s Soccer (facebook.com/OhioStateMensSoccer)
  • 731         Ohio State University Women’s Hockey (facebook.com/ohiostatewomenshockey)
  • 723         The Ohio State Synchronized Swimming Team (facebook.com/pages/The-Ohio-State-Synchronized-Swimming-Team/162848259294)
  • 719         Ohio State Tennis (Men) (facebook.com/osutennis)
  • 599         Ohio State University Men’s Track and Cross Country (facebook.com/OSUtrackXC)
  • 509         Ohio State University Field Hockey (facebook.com/OhioStateFieldHockey)
  • 396         Ohio State University Women’s Track and Cross Country (facebook.com/OSUwtrackXC)
  • 384         Ohio State Softball (facebook.com/OhioStateSoftball)
  • 320         Ohio State Men’s Volleyball (facebook.com/pages/Ohio-State-Mens-Volleyball/123739377654258)
  • 241         Ohio State University Women’s Tennis (facebook.com/OhioStateWomensTennis)
  • 256         Ohio State Women’s Lacrosse (facebook.com/OhioStateWomensLacrosse)
  • 156         Ohio State Men’s Gymnastics (facebook.com/OhioStateMensGymnastics)
  • 123         Ohio State University Women’s Swimming & Diving (facebook.com/pages/Ohio-State-University-Womens-Swimming-and-Diving/1→71596774910336833)
  • 84                           Ohio State University Men’s Swimming & Diving (facebook.com/pages/Ohio-State-University-Mens-Swimming-and-Diving/123647234371207)
  • 35                           Ohio State Women’s Golf (facebook.com/ohiostatewomensgolf)

DEPARTMENTS

    • 586         Buckeye Sports Camps (facebook.com/BuckeyeSportsCamps)
  • 294         The Ohio State University Golf Club (facebook.com/pages/The-Ohio-State-University-Golf-Club/192107244133909?closeTheater=1)
  • 155         OSU Ice Rink (facebook.com/pages/OSU-Ice-Rink/121509521243298)
  • 122         The Ohio State University Student-Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO) (facebook.com/pages/The-Ohio-State-University-Student-Athlete-Support-Services-Office-SASSO/162372957140011)

FOLLOW BUCKEYES ON TWITTER:

    • 9,048      Brutus Buckeye: twitter.com/Brutus_Buckeye
  • 1,965      Men’s Hockey: twitter.com/OhioState_MHKY
  • 1,164      Wrestling: twitter.com/wrestlingbucks
  • 401         Men’s Lacrosse: twitter.com/OhioState_MLAX
  • 374         Women’s Hockey: twitter.com/OhioState_WHKY
  • 376         Men’s Golf: twitter.com/OhioState_MGOLF
  • 366         Men’s Soccer: twitter.com/OhioState_MSOC
  • 311         Women’s Swimming: twitter.com/OhioState_WSWIM
  • 242         Softball: twitter.com/OhioState_SB
  • 195         Women’s Lacrosse: twitter.com/OhioState_WLAX
  • 158         Women’s Golf: twitter.com/OhioState_WGOLF
  • 135         Women `s Tennis: twitter.com/OhioState_WTEN
  • 124         Men’s Tennis: twitter.com/OhioState_MTEN
  • 123         Women’s Volleyball: twitter.com/ohiostatewvball
  • 122         Women’s Gymnastics: twitter.com/OhioState_WGYM