Lolo Jones and the 10 Most Followed Team USA Athletes on Twitter

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Lolo Jones and the 10 Most Followed Team USA Athletes on Twitter
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In 2009, Team USA hurdler Lolo Jones posted her most recent blog entry with the command: "Help Lolo increase here [sic] number of followers. Pass it on."

Yes, in this modern age of fiber optics and lightning-quick Internet-based communication, it sure is all about social media and the 140-characters-or-less "real-time information network" known as Twitter.

From sharing new gear and interacting with fans to rudimentary currency conversion, stars of the 2012 Olympic Games are posting it all on Twitter, gaining followers and subscribers who can't wait to see what their idol will be eating for dinner tonight.

So where does Lolo Jones rank in number of Twitter followers amongst all Team USA athletes?

First, one key ground rule: only full-time, bona fide Olympians qualify for this list. Athletes who have prominent non-Game gigs, like LeBron James and his five-million followers, don't qualify.

Now that's squared away, prepare to count down the top 10 Team USA Athletes on Twitter, and in a testament to the prominence of social media in the 21st century's second decade, try comparing the number of followers displayed in this list with those on Twitter.

You guessed it, the difference accounts solely for the time from publication to time of slideshow viewing.

Remarkable, isn't it?

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