In an effort to bring some of the Web 2.0/social networking flexibility and features to fellow Wake Forest Demon Deacon sports fans, I have created a Wake Forest sports page at FriendFeed. The new FriendFeed design allows for a seamless integration of news content and message board discussion- things that have traditionally been separate.
It is and will remain a work in progress, as I and hopefully others locate and import relevant news feeds for centralized reading and to serve as discussion starters. I have added a few Deacon sports-related news feeds. Others will be added, and some will likely be dropped over time as we zero in on the best feeds for content and discussion purposes.
The thing I like about this structure is that discussion threads, resembling traditional message board threads, can be started by any user, via the message box at the top of the page. Additionally, each news item has an associated comment box beneath it. If I can get a critical mass of WFU fans to give it a try, I think people will really like the flexibility inherent in the FriendFeed design.
Here’s the message box, where users can create discussion topics. You
can add photos and/or links to your post. You can also select to push
any post you make to Twitter, Facebook or other external sites.
Here’s the way discussion threads display. Yes, it’s different
from traditional message board posts, but the ability to import
all kinds of relevant content and to view discussions on the same
page creates a vastly improved experience.
Note that you can “Like” a news story and/or start a Comment (e.g., discussion thread) below the story.
I hope some other WFU fans will join me in my efforts to create a new and improved news and discussion experience.