Sports Social Networking at Tired & Tested

Another day, another social networking site but with a twist. This time around, UK based Tired & Tested (T&T) wants to network people interested in Sports. T&T provides extensive avenues for users to network, gather information, follow their teams and clubs, search for events and leagues, and much more.

Features: Site features are well thought of and provide good functionality. After you register you can add sports, clubs, and events to your profile. On your homepage you have modules for your profile, news from your network, buddies and competitors, fansites, sports news which can sorted by categories, leagues and events. Most of the modules are customizable where you can add and remove buddies, events, categories, leagues, and fansites. As expected T&T has section called Scrapbook where you can keep all your sports photos & blogs and share them with buddies. User can create blog posts though the editor is not feature rich. There is no wysiwyg or textile support, and no support for permalinks or posting blog posts to your personal blogs. However other user can post comments to your blog entries. Another feature of T&T is Agent(under development as of now) – which is supposed to help you find sponsors, sell your unwanted gear, raise money for charity (see, not all agents are dodgy) and maximize all those deals you’ll have to sign before you make some cash out of your ‘pro’ sporting activities. You can view discussion forums for the clubs you play for and the sports you play, watch or manage. All these forums keep you up to date with the latest thoughts of friends and team mates. You also get a mailbox where you can send and receive messages from others in you network.

Technical/UI: Site design very functional for a beta release but most of web 2.0 features are missing including dragging and droppings photos or external video support or template customization by users. Also there is lot of emphasis on text being in red color which, I think, should be toned down.

Suggestions: One of the features that can be added is to have an area where users can set personal goals, training plans, add achievements(something like Traineo), and related things. This feature can be shared with other members in the network, which will enhance collaboration. Another potential issue is what if a Sports Pro(like David Beckham) joins T&T. As expected there will be fan site for him already out there. Is there a way to connect both or add some value due to his presence on the site? Also the difference between fansites and clubs seems ambiguous ’cause both of them have similar URL(http://www.tiredandtested.com/fansite/xxxxx). It will be better to different URL segment(/club/ or /fansite/) so that it can be monetized upon later. Also support for external video from youtube and Google video will be great add-on. It will be great if RSS feeds are provided for blogs, events, photos, forums, news and related thingy. Please make the URL’s color as blue otherwise it is not intuitive whether it’s plain text or an url.

Revenue: There are no charges for registering and also no advertising on the site. One potential source of revenue can be where T&T sells the club homepages to actual clubs as the site grows or charge for new clubs to be created at later stage, since clubs will like to control their profile and provide publicize.

Future: Tired & Tested is aiming at a very lucrative market which has not been tried before in the field of social networking. If they can expand their platform in a global way, they have good chances of survival.

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4 Responses to “Sports Social Networking at Tired & Tested”

  1. chrisward Says:

    Hi,

    This is actually my site – thanks for the constructive comments. It’s taken a while to get to this beta launch stage – much of what you have suggested has been considered and being implemented but please anyone please take a look and we would be more than pleased to get your comments.

    thanks

    chris

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    […] Takkle, Traineo, Tired&Tested, Gimme20, and BIMActive, are just some of the social networking based variations for sports enthusiasts available right now. […]

  3. Elly Says:

    You know this is so true “Another potential issue is what if a Sports Pro(like David Beckham) joins T&T. As expected there will be fan site for him already out there. Is there a way to connect both or add some value due to his presence on the site? Also the difference between fansites and clubs seems ambiguous %u2019cause both of them have similar URL(http://www.tiredandtested.com/fansite/xxxxx). It will be better to different URL segment(/club/ or /fansite/) so that it can be monetized upon later. Also support for external video from youtube and Google video will be great add-on. It will be great if RSS feeds are provided for blogs, events, photos, forums, news and related thingy”.

    How can you bring together these different enthusiasts. With regards to the youtube site with rss I found this site the other day on an aol blog http://www.isportif.com. They seem to exactly that. I am hoping they add some more features, but it looks pretty promising. So far.

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