Do any tournaments or playoffs use social media?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by schmke, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. schmke

    schmke Hall of Fame

    Jan 20, 2010
    A pet peeve of mine is the lack of updates one is able to get during playoffs or tournaments. I wrote about this before and just did again, but I'm curious if anyone has seen tournament directors or league coordinators using social media or some other mechanism to update participants and fans in a better fashion than having to look for scores to (eventually) be posted on TennisLink?

    It seems, to me at least, that it should be easy to set up a Twitter account for the event (or have one for the district/area/whatever) and designate one person to tweet some basic information like team match winners, when team matches are beginning, if the schedule is on-time, etc. A "progressive" directory could use it to engage in more creative ways too but I'd be happy with just the basics.

    Note that the benefits of doing this aren't limited to improving the experience for participants and fans and increasing interest in the tournament, but it would likely simplify the work of trying to contact captains or other individuals when things do change. Just tell them to follow the event on Twitter or facebook or whatever is chosen and then a single update can be posted rather than several e-mails and phone calls, etc.

    Do you agree? If so, request that your events do this in the future.
  2. gameboy

    gameboy Hall of Fame

    Jul 10, 2009
    You have to remember that most people running these events are baby boomers and not exactly the messaging st active social network users. This will gradually change.
  3. goober

    goober Legend

    Jun 9, 2004
    I honestly can't see them being that helpful in our district. Playoffs are either 2,3 or 4 teams. If it is just 2 obviously it wouldn't be necessary. If there are 3 or 4 teams there is a week separating matches. You will almost certainly see the score posted online the day or the next day after the match. LCs are in contact with captains for by phone or email if things comeup match day. As for fans- do you guys have a lot of fans at your matches? Most rec level matches around here rarely have anyone outside the members of the team and may be some of their family watching.

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