Social media is a wonderful tool. It connects all of us around the county, state, country and world. We can find something in common with another person who lives in Mexico or Canada. We can find a fan of the same sports team who might live right down the street and you never would've known it.
Social media is a connecting tool for sports fans to talk amongst each other through games. Facebook has a new feature I've noticed where they will put a score of your favorite teams on the right side of the page above the trending box.
You're able to click on the score to be transplanted into a game center full of stats and a wall to post about the game as it goes on. There is a friends tab to where you can maybe draw your friends into posting about the game while it happens.
Twitter offers even more coverage of sports than Facebook does, I believe. Granted, you're only allowed 140 characters, you have more of a chance to follow people who are experts on the game, who have played the game, and not to mention it's easier to get live updates on Twitter for a game you're not at then on Facebook at the high school level.
This is where social media can really take a shine is in high school sports. There is no grand ticker at the bottom of the screen unless you're watching the news at 10 specifically for sports. Then you have to hope and pray that someone called the score in so you might be able to catch a glimpse of said score to know if that team won.
With social media, having to rely on the radio or television no longer exists. A consumer of sports news does not need to camp in front of the TV set. Rather, they can pick up their phone, hop onto Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or whatever social media platform you use, to go ahead and get the score that you need.
I have specifically created Snapchat and Instagram accounts to use during sports seasons for photos I can take with my smartphone in addition to the photos in the newspaper. There is a huge world out there to be explored with sports and social media.
Volleyball has started and football is gearing up. What better way to find out the score of the game then to check social media. I cannot attend every game at the same time. If I had the technology to do so, that would be amazing and a lot of fun, but I don't. When I get scores in on Friday night, they'll be posted on the Pilot-Tribune's various social media sites so you don't have to wonder.
And if you happen to be on Facebook, Twitter, or a platform like that, feel free to update the scores yourselves just on the off-chance no one from a newspaper is at that game. Put the team name in and post it out there.
We're sitting on a goldmine of information sharing, and what better time then to use it but for sports?