New Free iPhone App “FanInMyHand” To Irritate College Football Foes

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Press a Button on Your Phone Screen to Play Your Team’s Yell.

Nothing is more satisfying than watching your team beating its arch rival … but annoying the fans of your archrival is a close second. The new free iPhone app “Fan In My Hand” lets users push a big button on their iPhone screens to play a recording of their favorite team’s yell.

Fans can choose from team yells for all teams in the major college conferences. Instead of going home Saturday night with worn out vocal cords, Fan In My Hand can do the yelling. Over and over and over, again.

Since the app is located on a fan’s iPhone, it can go to the bar, tailgating, or to the game itself. Fan In My Hand is a novel new way to spread school spirit – right into the eardrum of a rival.

Two Dallas Internet entrepreneurs, Tony Wright and Robert Riggs of WrightIMC, created the application as part of a social media experiment. Wright, a Texas Tech alumnus who is a member the College of Mass Communications advisory board, and Riggs, an Outstanding alumnus from Texas A&M, do their own share of irritating each other around the office with the Fan In My Hand app.

“Nobody is more passionate than college football fans,” said Riggs. “We wanted to put the electronic equivalent of a soccer fan’s vuvuzela horn into their hands so they can irritate their rivals before, during, and long after the game is over.”

In a two-week test of the app using the Texas Aggies’ “Whoop” yell, the button was pushed more than 26,000 times by 16,000 fans in 22 countries.

“As a proud Red Raider fan, I’m not used to seeing Aggie fans do anything better than Tech fans,” said Wright. “I encourage the Red Raider nation to step up to the plate and blast Raider Power from their phones via the Fan In My Hand app. And, to fans of any other school who think they can do better – well, bring it on.”

College yells, chants, or cheers are a uniquely American contribution to the world of college athletics. The first cheer on record occurred at a Princeton game in 1884. Although it has evolved into a tradition at colleges across the country, the creators of Fan In My Hand found that none of the institutions note the yells on their websites. The yells were collected by listening to fans cheering on the videos of sporting events that they posted on YouTube.

More information is available, and the Fan In My Hand yells can be played on computers for free, at http://www.faninmyhand.com.

The free Fan In My Hand app is available for download at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fan-in-my-hand-free/id423547794.A version free of advertising is available for $.99 at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id423547519.

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