I Follow: Hugh Douglas

Numbers Never* Lie co-host Hugh Douglas. (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)

Editor’s note: I Follow is all about ESPN employees on Twitter: what they tweet, whom they follow and how you can interact socially with anyone and everyone.

Part of ESPN2’s Numbers Never Lie team, former NFL star Hugh Douglas shares his thoughts and opinions alongside host Michael Smith and fellow commentator Jalen Rose on weekday afternoons.

Tonight, Douglas will be watching one of his former teams, the Philadelphia Eagles, take on the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET).

Front Row caught up with Hugh to get his thoughts on the Twitterverse and how he uses it as a tool to interact with fans.

Twitter handle:@BigHugh53
Followers: 22,235
Following: 923 (as of 11/26/2012)

When did you join twitter?
I joined just about a year ago.

Who are your favorite accounts to follow?
I actually like to follow @UberFacts to see the random and weird facts. Other than that, [ESPN commentator] Trey Wingo (@wingoz) always has some interesting stats about sports and football in general. [ESPN NFL analyst] @AdamSchefter, too.

You have more than 16,000 tweets. What do you enjoy about using Twitter as a platform?
Sometimes it’s just getting what I want to say out there. But I’m kind of different because I interact with anyone, as long as you’re respectful. I look at it as platform for fans to interact with us so I try to have a dialogue with as many people on twitter as possible. I also like to spell things wrong on purpose so I can get a rise out of some of my followers. . . lots of grammar police out there.

You make up a lot of Twitter hashtags. Do you have a favorite?
Lately, I’ve been using #HartfordLife a lot. There are a lot of things I do in Hartford I wouldn’t do if I lived anywhere else. The other day I went to a spin class. And also a Carrie Underwood concert! So, I’ll use the #HartfordLife hashtag to kind of make it a joke on Twitter.