Graduates' new blog shortlisted in Football Blogger awards
Sam, who graduated in 2012 with a first class BA (Hons) Sports Marketing degree, and Joe, who completed both BA (Hons) Physical Education and MA Sport Business degrees with us, graduating with his MA this year, set up the blog and twitter account in May 2012 and now already have more than 35,300 followers and have had more than 105,000 visits to their website in just six months.
Sam said: "I have been on Twitter since my old Leeds Met lecturer told us to get involved in year two, about three years ago now, and I followed a whole host of football accounts. After graduating in 2012, I broke my finger playing cricket and couldn't work for three months (it was an awful break). I was on Twitter one day and thought, I can bring people football news quicker than anyone else, as I was on my computer all day, especially as it was the transfer window season.
"So myself and Joe set up @FourFourTweet, a play on a football formation and Twitter. With the help of current Computing student, Alex Ward, we set up the website - www.fourfourtweet.co.uk and from then it's moved from strength to strength. We also give opportunities to aspiring sports journalists to get their work viewed by a wider audience; so if there are any aspiring journos out there, get in touch!"
To support the team in the Football Blogging Awards, you can tweet the following: "I am voting in @TheFBAs for @FourFourTweet as the best #new football blog."
In February this year, Sam's academic essay referencing app, ReferenceMe, which he created with friend Tom Hatton, was made Guardian App of the week and was in the top ten worldwide educational apps in the download charts.