Although Facebook and Twitter definitely target different social networking activities, the latter certainly has the live-commenting on events down. Facebook may be looking to offer a competing service now though with its Sports Stadium, which brings together all of your friends and family, journalists and analysts to talk about sporting events as they happen, play by play.
“With the Facebook Sports Stadium, all the content and interaction on Facebook related to the game is in one place, and it comes in real time and appears chronologically,” reads the Facebook blog post.
It claims that it will bring together game-related posts from your friends and family, play by play analysis from journalists and the ability to comment on them, official league and team posts, coverage from national and international media and the complete stats of the game as it plays out.[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnFQghoSONM’]
This will likely be a boon to those that don’t like their timelines and feeds being clogged with talk of sports events they have no interest in, as this will corral them off in their own area. It’s even more exciting for those interested in the games though, as it lets them discuss and read about it while it’s ongoing in one place.
This is all part of Facebook’s continued push to keep people on its site and stop them going elsewhere. It may also be something that it links up with live-game viewing in virtual reality when the Oculus Rift headset launches at the end of March.
To try out Sports Stadium, simply search for a game while it’s ongoing, though Facebook has said it will find new ways to get people involved as time goes on. For now only American Football is supported, but new games will be added soon.
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KitGuru Says: Is the Sports Stadium somewhere where you would hang out during big games? Do you like the idea of different people coming together to talk about what’s going on?