Twitter's quick-hit, real-time format is good for all kinds of news - especially sports. Sports fans can create lists of their favorite athletes, reporters, and official team accounts and easily see all of the breaking news as it develops. The product development team over at ESPN surely know this, and have created their own platform that boast a streaming feed of sports news and closely resembles the Twitter experience.
It's called SportsCenter Feed, and today just launched in beta.
The feed features scores, stats, highlights, articles, videos, and audio content from all over ESPN.com and many of its affiliates. Users can sort their feed to show all stories, top stories, most popular stories, or simply browse videos. It's all of the news available on ESPN's network of sports sites, all in one convenient stream.
Logging in to your ESPN.com account automatically loads your previously-saved favorite sports, so that you can limit the SportsCenter Feed to just stream stories from a select view areas - for instance NCAA Football, NFL, NCAA Basketball, and Golf only.
Here's what it looks like:
Clicking on any story from the feed on the left opens it up on the right-hand column. According to GigaOM, the stream will not feature long pieces or content from related sites like Grantland - just all of the content available on ESPN.com and affiliates.
We produce so much content over time it becomes difficult to uncover it all for fans,” said ESPN's SVP of Product Ryan Spoon. “Our goal is to create another presentation layer that is real time and is streaming.”
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SportsCenter Feed will stream over 1,000 updates every day, and will eventually get its own mobile app. You can also expect to see SportsCenter Feed thrown into other ESPN products, possibly something like the WatchESPN app