Former ESPN and NBC Sports Producer Douglas Warshaw has founded Jockipedia.com, a Web site that gives sports fans a "simple, centralized way to keep in touch with the expanding digital load" of athletes' social networking sites, according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y TIMES. Jockipedia aggregates "thousands of links to professional, college and high school athletes’ Twitter and Flickr feeds, blogs, personal Web sites, Facebook and MySpace pages, YouTube video channels and charity sites."... Warshaw believes the site, which operates on a "wikipedia-like format and invites users to create pages" for athletes, can "mine players’ various sites, which are dispersed around the Internet, in a faster, more devoted fashion than Google or other search engines". Warshaw: "The Tower of Babel is getting bigger. The desire to find people will just get bigger. It just is. It’s like gravity.” Warshaw predicted the site will "have every athlete in the world... I want this to be about information directly from the athletes"
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There's been a lot of talk recently about how social media sites, like facebook and twitter, are changing the news business. How citizen journalists are replacing professional reporters paid by newspapers and TV networks. CBC "sportologist" Nick Purdon explores how social media are changing the world of sports reporting.
Jockipedia, which just launched, claims it is “the definitive source for Athletes’ First-Person Communication.” Immediately, it comes across as different than a normal wiki. It profiles 3,000+ athletes in a variety of sports. Users contribute not only information like player biographies, their team, and their key stats, but places a strong emphasis on their social media presence.
It is great to have the chance to find out things about your favorite athletes, isn’t it? With Jockipedia you will get the chance to do this in a very simple way. This is going to be the place where you can find some of your favorite athlete's real Twitter Feeds. Yes, these are your favorite athletes’ personal blogs. That means that you can get real-time information about them.
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Jockipedia, the creation of a former network news producer called Douglas Warshaw, is your own encyclopedia of every musing that emerges from a famous athlete's tonsils or touch-screen telephone.
Currently all updates on Jockipedia will be added to your Facebook wall. If you wish to modify your Jockipedia/Facebook preferences, just click on the "My Preferences" tab above.