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We have spent the last few months interviewing sports consumers about their pain points in consuming sports news and information, and we have found an opportunity in providing you with the best team news and information, on one page, using the FanFeedr API.
We are shifting our focus from providing you with a FanFeed of news and information for several teams to a single feed around just one team (and you can follow several teams at once if you wish by having more than one FanFeedr web page open.)
First | better team focus. We know that you want a single place to get the best news and information about your favorite teams, so we are making our team pages the focus of the service. Every day, you can keep the team page open and get real time updates, live scores, lineups, schedules and rosters.
Second | a better looking site. We are sprucing up the interface to reflect your feedback and our own notions of what looks good.
Third | better sources. We have heard your requests, and you will see more value and less noise from the best sources, including the best LOCAL sources. By â€œbest sources,â€ we mean that all sources we’re including have been hand-curated. Additional curated sources include national sources and columnists. For Twitter, we’re only showing a curated list of columnists and content source accounts.
Fourth | more real-time. We are making our news delivery faster so that you get more of the best news about your favorite teams.
Fifth | no registration needed. You donâ€™t to sign up to get the best that FanFeedr has to offer. Just bookmark your favorite team page to be in the know.
Our entire focus is on making your team news experience the best it can be, and we have spent a lot of time working on customer interviews to understand your pain points for consuming sports news.
As we launch different sports, we are looking to quickly iterate on all of the pages to make them better. Your feedback is invaluable to making sure that we give you the best product.
We are sure that you will like the results. In the event that you donâ€™t, please let us know.
Thanks, Ty Ahmad-Taylor, CEO and Founder, FanFeedr
Partnership Combines Real-Time, Multi-Source Information
Feeds With Sports Coverage For The Serious Fan
New York, NY March 23, 2011 â€“ FanFeedr, the real time personalized sports service that has re-invented the way fans enjoy their favorite teams and players, has announced a partnership with SB Nation, the fastest-growing online sports media company.
Under the new partnership, SB Nation will be using FanFeedr’s Publisher DashboardTM to empower its writers to curate and publish real-time content feeds for its audience. The first product from the FanFeedr collaboration will be a series of digital newsletter products that SB Nation will distribute to fans of the National Football League’s 32 teams. Additional digital products from SB Nation using the FanFeedr Publisher DashboardTM are planned for Major League Baseball and other major sports leagues.
“We’re thrilled to be working with SB Nation to build customer-centric applications that drive value for their audience,” says FanFeedr CEO and Founder Ty Ahmad-Taylor. “FanFeedr and SB Nation are a great match in terms of technology, timeliness and talent. The real winners will be sports fans everywhere, who will be getting the most topical information for their favorite teams, directly into their inbox. FanFeedr is making SB Nation’s amazing sports coverage even better.”
“FanFeedr is a great addition to SB Nation’s arsenal and a real win for our audience,” says SB Nation CEO Jim Bankoff. “FanFeedr’s real-time curation of sports news will empower our world class sports editors and experts to produce best-in-class newsletters, starting with all the NFL teams and then expanding to other sports throughout the year. Our audience expects the best in sports coverage from us, FanFeedr lets us deliver it to them practically as the news happens.”
FanFeedr made the product real in a few months, and this is the first product out of the partnership.
FanFeedr’s Publisher DashboardTM allows publishers to view, select and publish real-time feeds of mainstream sports news, blogs, photos, videos, tweets, scores, data, and other information.Â The FanFeedr API that powers the Publisher DashboardTM, contains content and data from overÂ 8,000 information sources that are matched against more than 55,000 athletes and 4,000 sports teams, including 1,700 colleges and universities, across 15 sports. Â It is being used by over 500 developers. FanFeedr has revolutionized the sports experience by taking fandom to an entirely new level of access and involvement, available via any PC, tablet or smart phone.
SB Nation is one of the top 10 sports sites in terms of unique visitors and the fastest growing among them, publishing over 300 communities for passionate fans worldwide. SB Nation is the first major sports publisher to harness the power of FanFeedr’s API for real-time sports news aggregation.
For more information on FanFeedr’s publisher, developer, and consumer products, visitÂ www.fanfeedr.com.
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We were selected as one of the 10 most promising digital firms by PepsiCo last week, and we wanted to share the great news with you.
Kind regards, and thank you for your support, FanFeedr
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NYC â€” MARCH 9, 2010 â€“ The excitement is building for college basketball fans as March Madness is upon us â€” many teams are on the bubble as they compete to be included in the field of 65 for the 72nd NCAA Division I Menâ€™s Basketball Championship Tournament. More than any other sporting event, March Madness attracts not only the avid sports fan, but casual sports fans and others who may not be sports fans at all.
And today, FanFeedr personalized sports fix announces March Madness Pickâ€™Em, the first sports social game that is seamlessly integrated with Facebook and Twitter, enabling users to easily share their trash talking and claim bragging rights of their winning team selections and Pickâ€™Em badging status with their friends and co-workers. FanFeedrâ€™s March Madness Pickâ€™Em is a great replacement or complement to the various traditional March Madness bracket office pools.
FanFeedrâ€™s Pickâ€™Em sports social gaming platform builds upon the rapidly growing social gaming economy pioneered by Zynga, Playfish and several others that is predicted to hit $1B in 2010. â€œFanFeedrâ€™s Pickâ€™Em gaming economy allows sports fans around the world to show their sports-savviness to their friends and all other users,â€ says FanFeedrâ€™s CEO and founder, Ty Ahmad-Taylor.
FanFeedr users who join in the March Madness Pickâ€™Em gaming action will be challenged to choose the winners of the 63 total games from the opening round of 65 teams through the Final Four and Championship game! And FanFeedrâ€™s real-time sports news feed is also a great tool for users to do their research on each team before making their March Madness picks. March Madness Pickâ€™Em players can go the site or iPhone application to check their updated status and compare it to their friends, co-workers and other users.
The March Madness Pickâ€™Em doesnâ€™t utilize a traditional bracketing system but instead offers users the opportunity to earn badges for each round. There will be five special March Madness badges for the five rounds of tournament games. Users who pick 75% or more of the winning teams in each round earn that roundâ€™s special badge, leading to their ability to pick the winner of the national championship game and earn the NCAA Champion badge. â€œThis format creates even more competition to see who can earn more badges throughout the tournament and to see where a player ranks among their friends, as well as other March Madness users,â€ says Ahmad-Taylor.
In addition to its March Madness game, FanFeedrâ€™s Pickâ€™Em sports social gaming platform offers users the opportunity to compete with their friends for bragging rights and reputation badges in picking the winners of NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, NCAA and other top sports. With the upcoming NBA Playoffs, NHL Stanley Cup and the World Cup, FanFeedr will also offer special games for users to show their picking prowess for these championship series and special sporting events.
Hereâ€™s how Pickâ€™Em works: users earn points and badges based upon their success at picking team winners. â€œThe badges that FanFeedr users obtain for their winning picks show up on Facebook and Twitter (if the user wishes) and dovetails nicely with the competitive nature of sports enthusiasts, while allowing our users to show off who knows more,â€ says Ahmad-Taylor.
FanFeedr Pickâ€™Em plays to the prestige factor and competitive nature of sports fans everywhere. The ultimate goal for FanFeedr users is to earn the coveted Commissioner badge as the top fan of a particular sport. â€œThere is only one Commissioner badge per sport and the fan at the top of the heap is going to be really competitive about keeping that badge. It is much like the â€˜Mayorâ€™ badge in FourSquare, and weâ€™ll have real-world opportunities for the Commissioners that provide them access that other fans will envy,â€ added Ahmad-Taylor.
Pickâ€™Em is a natural extension of FanFeedrâ€™s real-time sports content aggregation platform that provides users with their personalized sports fix. â€œItâ€™s all part of FanFeedrâ€™s strategy to give fans what they want,â€ says Ahmad-Taylor. â€œThe web can be overwhelming, but we narrow it down to serve up only the content a fan wants to see in one place. And now users can enjoy their FanFeedr experience even more by having a lot of fun playing Pickâ€™Em.â€
Based in NYC, FanFeedr is the leader in providing fans with their real-time personalized sports feed for their favorite teams and players, and presents an up-to-date collection of related news, video, Tweets, scores and information. FanFeedr currently aggregates and indexes over 7,000 sources of sports content and matches them against more than 55,000 athletes, 4,000 sports teams, including 1,700 colleges and universities, across 15 sports. FanFeedr uses Facebook and Twitter for user authentication and login so that fans never need to sign up for another social network. The seamless Facebook and Twitter integration also means that fans can talk about sports directly on Facebook and Twitter simply by publishing comments via the â€˜Commentâ€™ feature on every page. FanFeedr invites users to offer suggestions via the Feedback tab on the left of every page. In addition, Fanfeedr has recently launched FanFeedr Mobile with a new iPhone application that can be found here: http://bit.ly/iphoneappff. For more information about the company, go to http://www.fanfeedr.com/about.
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