Facebook and MySpace get most of the mainstream attention, but social networks focused on various niches can help you connect with people more effectively. One of those niches is sports.
Although sports-centric social networks aren't nearly as popular as general social networks, their uniqueness garners a loyal, passionate following. If you're a sports fan, joining at least one of these social networks can be rewarding.
Sports social networks
ArmchairGM ArmchairGM gives you the opportunity to support your favorite sports teams and talk about them with others on the site. Using collaborative wiki technology, it lets you write articles about topics that interest you, comment on others' articles, and go to the "Locker Room" to discuss sports topics with other fans.
Unfortunately, ArmchairGM's design isn't very compelling, and its community is smaller than that of some of its competitors. But it's still a good way to connect with rabid sports fans.
FanNation FanNation is a community for sports lovers to get up-to-date information on their favorite teams and players while discussing their love of sports with others. And for the most part, it delivers.
After you finish registering with FanNation, you can start joining groups on the site. Those groups range from communities specific to a particular team to general sport topics. For the most part, those communities are quite active.
FanNation lets you write up blog posts on topics that interest you. You can also comment on other users' blog posts. FanNation is designed well, and the information provided by other users is interesting. But having the ability to communicate more effectively with other FanNation users would be nice. Right now, comments on blog posts are about all that one can do, to that end.
Golf Finder Golf Finder is a simple service that provides some real value. The site allows you to sign up, adding where you live and when you'd like to play golf, and then it matches you up with some of the best golf courses in your area. You can also input your handicap and age, so you can find the right course to match your skill level. It's a great way to discover new courses and at the same time find others on the site with whom to play.… Read more