Facebook Finds A's Fans Are Friendly, Social

By Sajid Farooq
|  Friday, Apr 1, 2011  |  Updated 11:25 AM PDT
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Facebook Finds A's Fans Are Friendly, Social

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PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 20: Dallas Braden #51 of the Oakland Athletics runs his remote control car around the warning track while icing his shoulder prior to practice at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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Facebook now knows what many Oaklanders have long known: People in Oakland are friendly.

There is more to the East Bay city than the violence that so often grips the news headlines. There is Lake Merritt, some awesome dining, the Fox and the Paramount, Mt. Davis and of course the Oakland Athletics.

As the A's set to play the team's home opener in Oakland Friday night, some have the A's pegged as one of the surprise teams in the league.

While the Palo Alto-based social-networking site has A's fans being amongst the most social and friendly fans in the league.

Facebook conducted an anonymous survey of baseball fans by looking at users of the social network who have clicked on the "like" button for their favorite teams.

The survey finds that A's fans "as being among the youngest, most likely to be single, and most male-centric in the major leagues."

The data also shows that A's fans are amongst the most scattered across the country behind the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

Perhaps surprisingly, the A's were chosen as the second or third favorite team by more fans than any other team.

The average Facebook baseball fan had about 150 fans, while A's fans had on average more than 500.

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