The Particular and Peculiar Connection between Sports and Social Networks 6


Earlier this month, Jason talked about how readily music and social networks complement one another. Feel free to go back and read the full post, but in case you’re just interested in the segue:

“Music is best experienced with a lot of people, often with as many other people as possible, and most of the time it must be experienced loudly. This is why the concert tours have been consistently the most successful facet of the music industry.”

Hmm, where else do tweeting and shrieking with the masses go hand in hand? Hint:

Four Teams, Seven Titles, Ten Years: Latest ESPN Magazine declares Boston "America's most dominant sports city." Twitpic stolen from @BostonTweet.

That’s right, sports. When you can’t go to the game (or don’t want to because it’s -45 degrees F), you gather with as many of your friends, family, and strangers with common allegiances as possible to cheer yourself hoarse. In the horrible event you can’t be with your fellow sports fans, at the very least you can still live-blog to the whole of the Internet from your couch and still feel connected to the greater sports-loving community.

Throughout the summer, I saw my tweet stream and Facebook news feed riddled with hashtags like #Sox, #GoSox, #YankeesSuck, and variations thereof during the course of Red Sox games. These tweets and posts came from people at the game (often accompanied by Twitpics of the action) as well as those watching at home. Social networks have become a communal megaphone magnifying everyone’s game-day experience to an incredible exponent. And I love it. I can’t afford to go to every game, but at least I can enjoy a sliver of the experience online. That said, a news feed is NO replacement for the in-person experience (so, Red Sox Nation, if you wanted to throw me some season tickets, I’d be okay with that, honest). Just, for when you can’t go, you can still enjoy the game with 5,000 of your closest friends.

How has social changed how you consume sports? Let us know if the comments!


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