FanFeedr is a news aggregation site with a twist: it only collects news about your favorite sports teams and players (previous coverage). It was started by Ty Ahmad-Taylor formerly at Viacom, you may remember his name from when we featured him in Peeps of the Web. So what does FanFeedr actually do and how can it help you:
You: sports fan who wants to interact with others around your favorite teams or players.
Us: promiscuous web site with nothing to do pretty much any night but serve your needs.
Sound cool so far? It should. This is probably one of the most useful applications of aggregation that I’ve seen. Most sites focus on grabbing everything and putting it in one place. Since FanFeedr is focusing specifically on sports, there is definitely a niche for it so it will be interesting to see how users receive it.
Once you hit the site, you have a few options for getting what you want. The sign-up uses Facebook Connect, which makes it a one-click process to get started and to login later. You can find your favorite teams, players, and leagues using the search box. Check out the hottest sports news and take a look at the public activity feed to see what’s going on.
Once you’ve signed in, you can become a fan of your favorite players, teams, and organizations. Simply find their profile page and click “Become a Fan.” FanFeedr also keeps it social by allowing you to follow other users. Their activity on the site will show up in your feed so you can keep tabs on fellow fans and those who are friends, but fans of opposing teams.
When you click through to an interesting news item in your feed, it opens up with a special toolbar (kinda like the Digg Bar or StumbleUpon) that lets you rate the item with a thumbs up/down, share the item, or comment on it.
The site is currently in private alpha. There are definitely a few things missing, like photos (which should be coming next week) and support for older IE browsers (IE8, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome seem to work fine for me). The site currently tracks the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, Soccer, NASCAR, and Formula One. College, Tennis and Golf are coming soon. For you gymnastics fans, I’ve heard the site will never track gymnastics. Sorry
There is much more to come, so go sign up for your invite.Category: Startups, web 2.0 | Tags: aggreggator, Sports, sports fan, sports news online, tracking sports scores online