San Francisco (PRWEB) April 2, 2007
Ballhype Inc. announces the public launch of its social media application for sports fans, which combines the power of automated and user-generated content aggregation with the fun of social networking.
Ballhype makes it easier for sports fans to keep up with all the great sports content published on the web without having to hunt it down. Ballhype tracks more than 1,600 sports blogs--covering baseball, basketball, football, soccer, hockey, and other sports. The Ballhype content engine automatically pulls in the most-linked stories and videos - from blogs and mainstream sources. Users can hype up and comment on these stories or submit their own.
Ballhype includes a rich set of social networking features to enable users to find and communicate with other fans that follow the same teams as well as those who don't. Fans who share the same interests can join or create Ballhype Groups to commiserate and celebrate together. They can also compete against friends and strangers by picking the winners of upcoming games.
Compared to general news sites, and even most sports sites, Ballhype offers fans a much greater ability to customize the content to match their interests. The home page can be tailored to include only stories about their favorite players or teams, current games, their friend's stories or comments, only fresh stories, and more.
For sports bloggers, links from Ballhype stories provide visibility and drive engaged readers to their best content. Because Ballhype's content engine is already tracking and analyzing their posts, there's no need to manually submit each story. And, with Ballhype's social networking features, bloggers can interact with users to build a fan base for their own blogs.
By making it effortless to stay informed and fun to get engaged, Ballhype changes the way fans experience sports.
An annotated screencast that demonstrates some of Ballhype's capabilities is available at: http://ballhype.com/help/demo/
Ballhype, Inc. was founded by Jason and Erin Gurney. Jason previously created the sports-blog analysis web sites lowpost.net, striketwo.net, and faircatch.net. They have both worked for Bay Area technology companies for the past 8-10 years, with extensive experience in web applications. Jason and Erin maintain a blog which chronicles the experience of starting a business while raising two very young children, 'The Startup Life' (http://startuplife.net).
Tom Ziller, Spokesperson: tom @ ballhype.com | 707-365-3236
Erin Gurney: erin @ ballhype.com | 650-595-1599
Jason Gurney: jason @ ballhype.com | 650-595-1599