Top 10 Social Media Moments Of 2011

Dec. 22, 2011

ATHENS, Ga. --- As we count down the final days of 2011 and usher in another great year for the Georgia Bulldogs in 2012, we'd like to remember all the great things that happened this year at UGA. The following will be a countdown of some of the best moments of 2011 as seen through our social media. We hope you will join us over the next 10 days in celebrating!

And as always, you can stay connected by "liking" our Facebook page (Facebook.com/GeorgiaBulldogs) and following us on Twitter (@UGAAthletics).

Thank you for helping make this a great year and we will see you in 2012.


#10: One of the largest responses to a social media post in 2011 was this one, coming in at #10 on our top-10 list. This photo was taken at the Georgia Dome before the SEC Championship game between Georgia and LSU on Dec. 3 and posted on Facebook, where it drew over 6,000 "likes," 800 comments, and 300 shares. The Georgia Bulldogs thank our amazing fans for their support that day and every day. Check back tomorrow for Social Media Moment #9!


#9: Coming in at #9 on our countdown of Social Media Moments is just one of the many great tweets from head women's basketball coach Andy Landers featuring his beloved cow, Buster. Coach Landers (@UGACoachLanders) was new to the Twitter scene in 2011, but has quickly grown a loyal following thanks to outside-the-box posts like this one.


#8: We used Facebook earlier this fall as we unveiled the brand new floor at Stegeman Coliseum in a photo posted on October 24, good for our #8 Social Media Moment. Stegeman Coliseum has been the recipient of renovations and facelifts throughout the past two years, a series of upgrades that culminated with the new court purchased by Georgia from the NCAA.


#7: In honor of the holiday season, we used Twitter to show off this picture of the Christmas tree on display in the Sports Communications office, chosen as #7 on our list. Then we asked you to send in YOUR holiday decorations that best displayed your love of Georgia and the Bulldogs. The response was amazing, and we tried to retweet as many of your pictures as possible. Some of the best were then read by Kevin Copp (@KevinCoppUGA) on the holiday edition of #TRENDING, our weekly current events feature airing every Friday on Georgiadogs.com. Thank you so much for sharing your Georgia decorations with us, and please have a very happy and healthy Holiday season!


#6: Coach Landers was at it again on Twitter when he and the staff decided to release the Lady Bulldogs’ 2011-12 schedule via Landers’ Twitter page. It was the first time something like that had been done here at UGA and we believe one of the first in the nation, too. Coach Landers tweeted a few of the Lady Dogs’ games over the course of a week, before posting the full schedule in its entirety to Georgiadogs.com on Aug. 26. This idea comes in at #6 on our list of Social Media Moments.


#5: Today we would like to give a shout-out to our wonderful Marketing & Promotions staff for their fantastic use of social media, coming in at #5 on our list. The staff launched a “Tweetup” series, which included a bunch of great giveaways that required fans to complete tasks or find things on campus to win prizes during the beginning of basketball season – all announced on our Twitter page. The very first contest was this one – where fans were asked to ring the Chapel Bell to win a signed photo of Coach Mark Fox. Congratulations to our winners and thank you for following us for great opportunities like this one!


#4: Coming in at #4 on our list of Social Media Moments came after a very sad day at Georgia with the passing of the legendary Larry Munson in November. The following day, we asked you to post your best stories and memories on our Facebook page, and we were overwhelmed with the outpouring as over 200 of you posted on the thread. It was great to be able to grieve with other Bulldog fans and we’re glad we could all come together to remember Larry.


#3: Our #3 Social Media Moment involved a friendly wager between Coach Landers and Bulldog alum/professional golfer Bubba Watson. The two bet on whether or not Watson could hit a golf ball out of Sanford Stadium – and he did, giving new meaning to the phrase “Tee it up Between the Hedges.” Watch the video here– it is pretty astounding.


#2: Certainly one of the most memorable moments of the 2011 football season was Georgia’s 63-16 win over New Mexico State on Nov. 5 – a game that saw nine UGA scores by nine different players. One of those was by tight end Aron White, who helped the Bulldogs tie a school record with their fifth TD pass of the half. But what was even more special about Aron's catch was where he ended up after the play, which we captured on film and posted to our Facebook page before the game was over. This special piece of footage ranks as our #2 Social Media Moment, and you can watch it here.


#1: So, what’s our #1 Social Media Moment of 2011? Well, while the game may not have gone as planned, the hype surrounding the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic was something special – due in large part to the flashy new uniforms the Bulldogs wore for the game. As part of Nike’s Pro Combat Rivalry series, Georgia donned all-red uniforms and silver helmets vs. Boise State. The uniforms were shown off to fans for the first time at the annual Picture Day in August, but were displayed first in a photo on our Facebook page. It was great to be able to show off the special new look, and what better way to do so than to connect with everyone who follows along with and supports us all year long?

Thank you for following our Top-10 Social Media Moments of 2011! Please continue to stay connected all year long for behind-the-scenes looks into your Georgia Bulldogs on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaBulldogs) and Twitter (@UGAAthletics). Happy New Year!

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GAMEDAY CENTRAL







  • Friday, Aug 21
    7:00 PM
    at High Point
    High Point, N.C.
    Saturday, Aug 15
    7:00 PM
    vs Furman Exhibition
    Athens, Ga.
  • Friday, Aug 26
    W, 3-1
    vs Samford
    Athens, Ga.

    Friday, Aug 26
    W, 3-1
    vs UNC Asheville
    Athens, Ga.

    Saturday, Aug 27
    1:00 PM
    vs Savannah State
    Athens, Ga.

    Saturday, Aug 27
    7:00 PM
    vs San Francisco
    Athens, Ga.

    Sunday, Aug 28
    1:00 PM
    vs Cal State Fullerton
    Athens, Ga.

    Friday, Sept 2
    5:30 PM
    vs USC
    Auburn, Ala.

    Friday, Sept 2
    7:30 PM
    at Boston College
    Boston, Mass.

    Friday, Sept 2
    All Day
    vs The Carmel Cup
    Pebble Beach, Calif.

    Saturday, Sept 3
    5:30 PM
    vs North Carolina
    Atlanta, Ga.

    TV
    Saturday, Sept 3
    8:30 AM
    vs UGA Cross Country Invitational
    Bishop, Ga.

    Saturday, Sept 3
    12:00 PM
    vs Siena
    Boston, Mass.

    Saturday, Sept 3
    7:00 PM
    at Harvard
    Boston, Mass.

    Saturday, Sept 3
    All Day
    vs The Carmel Cup
    Pebble Beach, Calif.

    Sunday, Sept 4
    2:00 PM
    vs Iowa State
    Auburn. Ala.

    Sunday, Sept 4
    All Day
    vs The Carmel Cup
    Pebble Beach, Calif.

    Tuesday, Sept 6
    All Day
    vs Cardinal Kickoff
    Berkeley Hills Country Club (Duluth, Ga.)

    Thursday, Sept 8
    10:00 AM
    vs Kennesaw State
    Atlanta, Ga.

    Thursday, Sept 8
    5:00 PM
    vs Georgia State
    Atlanta, Ga.

    Friday, Sept 9
    7:00 PM
    at South Carolina
    Columbia, S.C.

    Friday, Sept 9
    7:00 PM
    vs Georgia Tech
    Atlanta, Ga.

    Friday, Sept 9
    All Day
    vs Palmas Tournament
    Puerto Rico

    Saturday, Sept 10
    12:00 PM
    vs Nicholls
    Athens, Ga.

    TV
    Saturday, Sept 10
    All Day
    vs Palmas Tournament
    Puerto Rico

    Sunday, Sept 11
    5:00 PM
    vs Kennesaw State
    Athens, Ga.

    TV
    Sunday, Sept 11
    All Day
    vs Palmas Tournament
    Puerto Rico

    Tuesday, Sept 13
    6:00 PM
    vs Florida A&M
    Athens, Ga.

    TV
    Friday, Sept 16
    7:00 PM
    at Texas A&M
    College Station, Texas
    Saturday, Sept 17
    7:30 PM
    at Missouri
    Columbia, Mo.

    TV
    Saturday, Sept 17
    TBA
    at Commodore Classic
    Nashville, Tenn.

    Sunday, Sept 18
    All Day
    vs Franklin American Mortgage Intercollegiate at The Grove
    Nashville, Tenn.

    Monday, Sept 19
    All Day
    vs USTA Pro Circuit
    Columbus, Ohio

    Monday, Sept 19
    All Day
    vs Franklin American Mortgage Intercollegiate at The Grove
    Nashville, Tenn.

    Monday, Sept 19
    All Day
    vs Franklin American Mortgage Intercollegiate at The Grove
    Nashville, Tenn.

    Thursday, Sept 22
    7:00 PM
    vs Tennessee
    Athens, Ga.

    TV
    Friday, Sept 23
    TBA
    vs Georgia Bulldog Classic
    Athens, Ga. (Athens Country Club)

    Friday, Sept 23
    All Day
    vs Southern Intercollegiates
    Athens, Ga.

    Saturday, Sept 24
    TBA
    at Ole Miss
    Oxford, Miss.

    Saturday, Sept 24
    10:00 AM
    vs Red & Black Scrimmage
    Bishop, Ga.

    Saturday, Sept 24
    All Day
    vs Southern Intercollegiates
    Athens, Ga.

    Saturday, Sept 24
    TBA
    vs Georgia Bulldog Classic
    Athens, Ga. (Athens Country Club)

    Sunday, Sept 25
    2:00 PM
    vs Auburn
    Athens, Ga.

    TV
    Sunday, Sept 25
    All Day
    vs ANNIKA Intercollegiate
    Reunion Resort (Orlando, Fla.)

    Sunday, Sept 25
    All Day
    vs Southern Intercollegiates
    Athens, Ga.

    Sunday, Sept 25
    TBA
    vs Georgia Bulldog Classic
    Athens, Ga. (Athens Country Club)

    Monday, Sept 26
    All Day
    vs ANNIKA Intercollegiate
    Reunion Resort (Orlando, Fla.)

    Monday, Sept 26
    All Day
    vs Southern Intercollegiates
    Athens, Ga.

    Tuesday, Sept 27
    All Day
    vs ANNIKA Intercollegiate
    Reunion Resort (Orlando, Fla.)

    Friday, Sept 30
    8:00 PM
    at Arkansas
    Fayetteville, Ark.

    Saturday, Oct 1
    TBA
    vs Tennessee
    Athens, Ga.

    Saturday, Oct 1
    11:00 AM
    at Paul Short Run
    Bethlehem, Pa.

    Saturday, Oct 1
    TBA
    vs ITA All-American Pre-Qualify
    Los Angeles, Calif.

    Sunday, Oct 2
    12:00 PM
    vs Alabama
    Bishop, Ga.

    Sunday, Oct 2
    TBA
    vs ITA All-American Pre-Qualify
    Los Angeles, Calif.

    Sunday, Oct 2
    All Day
    vs Nike Invitational
    Fort Worth, Texas

    Monday, Oct 3
    All Day
    vs Windy City Collegiate
    Glen View Club (Chicago, Ill.)

    Monday, Oct 3
    All Day
    vs Nike Invitational
    Fort Worth, Texas

    Monday, Oct 3
    All Day
    vs All-America Qualifiers
    Tulsa, Okla.

    Tuesday, Oct 4
    All Day
    vs Nike Invitational
    Fort Worth, Texas

    Tuesday, Oct 4
    All Day
    vs Windy City Collegiate
    Glen View Club (Chicago, Ill.)

    Tuesday, Oct 4
    TBA
    vs ITA All-American Qualifying
    Los Angeles, Calif.

    Tuesday, Oct 4
    All Day
    vs All-America Qualifiers
    Tulsa, Okla.

    Wednesday, Oct 5
    TBA
    vs ITA All-American Qualifying
    Los Angeles, Calif.

    Thursday, Oct 6
    TBA
    vs ITA All-American Main Draw
    Los Angeles, Calif.

    Friday, Oct 7
    2:00 PM
    at South Carolina
    Blythewood, S.C.

    Friday, Oct 7
    TBA
    vs ITA All-American Main Draw
    Los Angeles, Calif.

    Saturday, Oct 8
    TBA
    at South Carolina
    Columbia, S.C.

    Saturday, Oct 8
    TBA
    vs ITA All-American Main Draw
    Los Angeles, Calif.

    Friday, Oct 14
    All Day
    vs Stanford Intercollegiate
    Stanford Golf Course (Palo Alto, Calif.)

    Friday, Oct 14
    TBA
    at Crimson Classic
    Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    Saturday, Oct 15
    TBA
    vs Vanderbilt Homecoming
    Athens, Ga.

    Saturday, Oct 15
    All Day
    vs Stanford Intercollegiate
    Stanford Golf Course (Palo Alto, Calif.)

    Sunday, Oct 16
    All Day
    vs Stanford Intercollegiate
    Stanford Golf Course (Palo Alto, Calif.)

    Saturday, Oct 22
    10:00 AM
    vs Tennessee-Martin
    Bishop, Ga.

    Sunday, Oct 23
    10:00 AM
    vs New Mexico State
    Bishop, Ga.

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