There is a new kid on the block for sports and social media, it’s called Sportlobster. It’s a new way for sports fans to engage with each other and sport. It allows passionate fans to express themselves on a range of different sports.
No longer do fans have to search through boring status updates, pictures of lost dogs or not funny YouTube videos. Sportlobster is just about sports and only sports.
Fans are able to:
- Access scores and results in real-time
- Share and discuss their views on anything about sports, with other fans and athletes
- Make predictions about future sporting events, and share photos and videos
- It even allows you to write articles to share your thoughts and opinions with the world.
Sportlobster enables a completely tailored experience to the users. The user can pick the sports that they follow even down to their favorite team. This new free to join social networking sire comes from two young British entrepreneurs, Andy Meikle and Arron Shepherd. They are proud of their British roots and pleased to be launching the site from London. This is a huge British breakthrough for sport and technology, in a time where most technological entrepreneurs are American.
I spoke to CO-Founder and CEO of SportsLobster Andy Meikle about the new social networking, and asked where Sportlobster came from and what is it? Here was his answer:
Going back 16 months; I found a link on a general social network that took me to a blog about Novak Djokovic. I realised very quickly that the blog was great, but there wasn’t much of a following on the site and that’s because you’re only likely to find it by coming across it by chance. It’s then when the penny dropped, and I realised how much of a gap there is in the market for sports fans to find things of relevance easily on the internet. The experience for fans before Sportlobster was quite a lengthy and disjointed one as users would have to visit multiple sites that have different functions. For example, you may go to read news on a few sites, check scheduling elsewhere, search for multimedia, look for blogs, and post on several generic social networks. It’s a frustrating experience for a fan of sports, and even more so for fans of multiple sports!
Now, rather than having to visit multiple sites for news, predictions, videos and photos, scheduling of events, results, standings and interactions; Sportlobster consolidates all that and personalises the experience to your passions in sport. So for example, if you like tennis, Chelsea FC and Lewis Hamilton, your whole experience is based around that.
Sportlobster is a one stop shop for sports fans around the world, encompassing their entire online experience in sport, bringing it into one place and tailoring it to their preferences in sport. But why will people use it to discuss sport on, over Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks?
There are several social media platforms that people use on a daily basis including Google+, Facebook and Twitter that are generic social networks. More recently, we’ve seen a movement towards niche social networks, in particular with the re-launch of MySpace and the exponential growth of Instragram and Pinterest.
A shift is taking place from these generic social networks (and being inundated with too much content), to more specific social networks that serve a particular purpose. Sportlobster will be the social network for sports fans around the world and will revolutionise the way fans create and source sports content, and interact with others. Our plan to move these sport-related conversations to Sportlobster is already in place with the functionalities on Sportlobster. On Twitter and Facebook you cannot follow people based on their specific interests in sports; you cannot write articles and find other user articles within specific categories of sport; you cannot make a prediction on an upcoming match and be rewarded with points based on how other users predicted; you cannot add sporting events to your calendar, get standings, fixtures, final results or live scores. As we deliver all of this and much more, users will be attracted to Sportlobster not only for those reasons mentioned, but also because in the very same environment they can enter relevant discussions with people who share their interests in sport.
I have personally signed up to the site, it’s very user friendly and great fun. Its gaining lots of popularity from fans of all different sports. You can sign up to join this new global community HERE. You can manually sign up or you can use you facebook or twitter account for a faster sign up.