New Global Social Media Site Launched For Sports Fans
THE world of sports just got bigger, thanks to the launch of the USA’s newest social media phenomenon.
Fanoptic officially goes live today [SATURDAY, MAY 20], bringing together sports fans, players, coaches, sponsors and teams in a way never before seen online.
It was the brainchild of NFL agent Jesse Foreman, and made a reality by the digital business solutions company Web Jarvis.
Jesse, chief executive of Global Sports Entertainment, explains: “I wanted somewhere you could find your sports news easily, without searching for a five second mention of your team hidden between a cat video and a photo of somebody’s breakfast.
“Businesses can use LinkedIn to connect and weightlifters have bodybuilding.com. I wanted to create something new and unique for the sporting world.”
Fanoptic offers users of all ages the chance to chat about the latest signings, react to injuries, share news, and debate the merits – or otherwise – of your favourite players.
The key for its creators is that it is not just for Joe Public: sports stars themselves are signing up, with Cleveland Browns’ Austin Reiter among the first to create his own profile.
“Rather than interacting with a fan page on Facebook, people can connect directly with athletes’ personal profiles,” Jesse, 30, says.
“This is about creating one sporting world, whoever you are. We want soccer dads discussing their daughter’s team, alongside baseball fans raving about the Red Sox.”
Fanoptic may have only officially launched today, but it has been trialled by 30 handpicked users for several weeks to iron out any bugs.
The concept has been a four-month labour of love for Tristram Allen, Justin Reasoner and their Sarasota-based Web Jarvis team, with designers and programmers working determinedly to bring Fanoptic to life.
“There have been some tough days,” admits 27-year-old Justin, “when we spent hours perfecting one small part of the site.
“Watching it come together has made it all worthwhile though. It’s been the biggest project for Web Jarvis to date, and has excited us about the other possibilities out there.”
Tristram, 28, adds: “Jesse had the idea, but we had to work hand-in-hand with him to bring it to life.
“We want it to be the Facebook of the sporting world.”
Jesse says: “I’m pretty picky, but Web Jarvis have been fantastic. They managed to turn the dream I have had for nine years into a reality.
“I am so excited about Fanoptic.”
As if filtering out the baby panda movies and zeroing in on sports wasn’t incentive enough, Fanoptic users can even get money for chatting about sport.
Users of the site get points for every interaction they have, from liking a news point to sharing a comment. At the end of the first year, the user with the most points will walk away with $5,000 cash.
For more information or to get involved, visit www.fanoptic.com