Fans take to social media to rise up
Falcons fever is growing across the city, fueled in part by social media.
“Oh, it’s crazy,” said Jeremy Jones who operates the popular @GAFollowers feed on Twitter. “I’ve been on Twitter for a couple of years. It’s crazier than ever.”
Jones said he has 80,000 followers on his feed which retweets news and events around Georgia.
By using hashtags (such as #RiseUpOn2), he’s helping generate excitement for the NFC Championship game between the Falcons and 49ers.
“I’m actually ridiculously excited,” said Jones. “Usually every Sunday we tweet about the Falcons and try to get certain keywords trending such as #falconsnation and #riseup just so in the Twittersphere the city of Atlanta can be heard.”
Employees in the Atlanta offices of Skanska Construction showed their fan support Friday by wearing Falcons shirts and jerseys to work. It was the idea of John Reyhan, senior vice president and an admitted Falcon fanatic.
“It’s part of team spirit,” said Rayhen as he sported a Matt Ryan jersey. “We’re all supporters of the Falcons.”
Project accountant Allison Hathaway grew up in Atlanta and is a big Falcons fan. She appreciated getting to wear her red Falcons jersey to work.
“The spirit is overwhelming,” said Hathaway. “We’re always together on anything that we come together to do. Today is the best day because its ‘rise up’ for the Falcons.”
Reyhan won a friendly bet with Skanska’s Seattle office after the Falcons beat the Seahawks last weekend. He plans to make another friendly bet with their offices in the San Francisco Bay area.
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