You can tell when Christmas is approaching when you write a blog. The updates slow down as the pre-holiday rush to get work completed kicks in, as well as the christmas parties/drinks most evenings of the week.
Thus this week has been one where it has been head down and concentrate on the day job. A quick thank you as well to everyone who came along to the drinks in London on Monday. It wasn’t the best weather to be out and about but it was great to catch up with everyone. Thanks as well to We Are Social for sponsoring the night.
This week in the world of social media and sport it also seems to have slowed down a little. Less new campaigns and initiatives are being launched as people prepare for a week or two (or three!) off. Here is a wrap up of those items that have caught the eye in the last few days. As always just click on the title to link through to the full article…
Originally it was just New Zealand (any idea why just NZ?) that could get the new timeline set up for their Facebook profile, and the geeks amongst us who put the code in to get it early. Now it is available to everyone to opt into having. The testing phase where it is optional, giving everyone a short time to get used to the change before the old profile is dumped forever. Here USA Today look at 9 things you need to know about the new Timeline.
The current Premier League leaders are again pushing the boundaries in the digital space. I feel I could write something every week about something new they have launched or tested, they are going full tilt with plans and are not scared to fail along the way. This week they have extended the AR capabilities of the membership cards to allow them to swap content using the built in RFID technology.
Digital agency Freestyle Interactive, whom our very own Sean Walsh works for, have released an interesting infographic that summarises the social media stats of premier league football for the month. It looks mainly at the size of the Twitter and Facebook following and the rate of growth they are seeing.
This doesn’t have anything sports specific in it but for any club, NGB or brand with a brand page on Facebook it is interesting stuff. It looks at where it is on the screen that people look when on a page which should help anyone running a page to make best use of the spaces most looked at and move away from those that dont. I think its safe to summarise that people look at the picture gallery at the top and the top post the most. Interestingly the tab links on the left are looked at only a few times.
Another Mashable article (shocking I know) and its from our friends in the US. It is interesting as it another attempt to help gamify the sports viewing experience. Many companies have taken variations of this and tried to help people do more whilst watching from the comfort of their own sofa. There is a fine balance between adding a valuable extra experience and becoming too much of a distraction that it takes people away from the game itself. Ahead of Euro 2012 and London 2012 there are going to be more of these types of 2nd screen experiences being developed for the sports fan.
An interesting summary from Sean as he looks at what he has learned from looking at football clubs in the social media space over the last year or so. Here he puts together those thoughts and picks out 5 of the most important areas a club must have to be successful. Are these the key 5 in your opinion and are there others?
To finish on a positive note and show how Twitter can be a platform of support as well as aimless gossip and talk about food. After the unlucky David Villa of Barcelona fractured his shin bone playing in the FIFA World Club Championships this week, fans and players alike took to Twitter to show their support for him at what would be a really difficult time for any player. He faces 4 or 5 months out of the game and lot of work to get back to where he was before. All the best from the UK David.