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April 02, 2007

Social Networking For Sports Fans

If I were a sports fan I would be very interested in this new social networking site I just read about in TechCrunch. The site is called Ballhype and here is a link to the about page with their description of how it works:

"What Ballhype does: First, we pull in content from thousands of sports blogs. (Think we're missing one? Tell us and we'll check it out.) If other writers are linking to a story, it gets surfaced to the top of the list as newsworthy. If enough Ballhype users hype it up, the story will make it to the home page.   You can also write your own post or submit a story that you think should be required reading. We make it incredibly easy to find good stuff to submit. Just check out the Hot Topics (posts grouped by topic) or Latest Posts (all posts written by any blog we track filtered by tag). 

Ballhype CommunityWe think that being a fan should be fun. You can hang out on Ballhype without submitting content or voting — lurk, even — but we get more out of watching the Warriors lose if there's even one other fan in the room. So Hype it up, add Friends, leave Sticky Notes, make Game Picks, create or join Groups. You should get your friends to join Ballhype, if only to have bragging rights over your pick ranking."

The site terms of service also state that all users must be older then 13 years of age. As always, check out the privacy policy to make sure you are comfortable with it. Ballhype does have functions to add a person as a "friend" and that friend can then deny/accept that invititation.  Here is a link to the sections for site faqs, about page and  Ballhype blog for more information. 

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Hi Beth, thanks for the review! We're also open to Sports Fan Moms too :-) It'd be great to get more women on the site but yes we're assuming most of the users will be guys. The social stuff is just now taking off with more users - it'll be a fun way to get to talk about sports with people who are as passionate as you are.

I also thought about it and changed the title to "Sports Fans" to include moms because I realized I have some diehard sports fans that are moms.

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