Today we start our new monthly report about Martial Artists on Twitter. As the most powerful and growing online marketing tool Twitter is very popular to share thought and news for celebrities. This tool made $45 million in 2010 in the first year it sold advertising, so marketers are very optimistic and predict revenue of $150 million in 2011. As you understand, no wonder that martial arts movie stars prefer to use twitter as a one of ways to connect to their fans to keep them interested in.
Here is a little bit of statistics:
- Jackie Chan (@EyeOfJackieChan) has got 176,290 followers, joined on Jan 14, 2010
- Michael Jai White (@MichaelJaiWhite) has got 4,006 followers, joined on Jun 11, 2009
- Shannon Lee (@BruceLeeLegacy) has got 3,866 followers, joined on Mar 30, 2009
- James Lew (@thejameslew) has got 3,283 followers, joined on Oct 10, 2009
- Dolph Lundgren (@Dolph_fans) has got 3,194 followers, joined on Aug 19, 2010
- Mark Strange (@markstrange) has got 1,957 followers, joined on Mar 24, 2008
- Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (@CHTagawa) has got 642 followers, joined on Sep 27, 2010
- Scott Adkins (@TheScottAdkins) has got 576 followers, joined on Oct 13, 2010
- Diana Lee Inosanto (@D_Lee_Inosanto) has got 305 followers, joined on Aug 12, 2009
- Ron Balicki (@RonBalicki) has got 132 followers, joined on Apr 14, 2009
- Darren Shahlavi (@Shahlavi) has got 89 followers, joined on Apr 04, 2009
- Gerald Okamura (@geraldokamura) has got 64 followers, joined on May 25, 2010
- Richard Norton (@rjbromleynorton) has got 28 followers, joined on Apr 09, 2010
- Benny The Jet Urquidez (@bennyurquidez) has got 26 followers, joined on May 08, 2009
- Al Leong (@thatguyal) has got 16 followers, joined on Nov 11, 2009
As you can see Jackie Chan is absolute leader on Twitter and his followers are growing from day to day permanently. The last what we have heard from him it is how he celebrated Chinese New Year and some words about donation to Jackie’s Dragon’s Heart charity.
Thanks to Undisputed 2 and Blood and Bone martial arts movies Michael Jai White became a very popular and producers entrusted him the sequel for Never Back Down movie, but just few days ago Michael wrote that he finished his work on Mortal Kombat series as Jax, which will be released this April.
Another martial artist who became a very popular after his role of British Boxer Twister in >Ip Man 2 Film Darren Shahlavi started his account in 2009 but wrote his first twit only in September 2010. Now he came back and as a part of Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat series too where he played Kano he has just written about that.
Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa is one of my favorite actors, who travels a lot around the world, he became a part of todays popular TV show Hawaii 5-0 and talks a lot about this. He is a very nice and opened person, so join the conversation.
James Lew talks about new blockbuster Green Hornet Movie as a pure entertainment, “are you serious James?”.
The big Swede Dolph Lundgren wrapped his last movie “In the Name of the King 2” in Canada, back in LA and gave his interview to Adult Swim.
Mark Strange, a movie actor and action performer from the UK, has just launched his official website.
Star of martial arts movies Undisputed Scott Adkins, mostly known as Boyka, goes to Los Angeles for the role of Walt Rostow in HIJACKED movie alongside Dominic Purcell, Craig Fairbrass, Vinnie Jones and Randy Couture. Also he promotes his new zombie movie Re-Kill, watch trailer here.
Other stars are short-spoken on Twitter and probably will join the conversation a little bit later. Do not know what happened with Mark Dacascos twitter account, it is unavailable now.