October 13, 2010

New Facebook functionality for ESPNcricinfo

Sambit Bal

Some news on a new addition to the site from Will Luke, who defected from the editorial team to become our social media manager, and is rather enjoying himself:

We implemented the now-ubiquitous "thumbs up" like button from Facebook at their F8 launch earlier this year and it's been tremendously successful, with thousands of you liking and recommending stories, players, countries, teams and series each day. This was good, but we felt there was a lot of scope for improvement and an opportunity to offer personalisation.

If you actively decide that you like a particular player, or your favourite team, then we feel that's a strong enough indication to us that you're interested in hearing more about that person or country. So now, if you've already liked a certain individual on ESPNcricinfo.com, you'll receive any related stories which are published on the site - straight to your Facebook wall. It includes a summary of the story and a link, so you can go straight to it or share it with your friends.

For example, you could like England, MS Dhoni and Kevin Pietersen and perhaps The Ashes. When an England story is published, you'll be pinged on Facebook. If Pietersen cracks a ton, you'll be first to hear. And when Ricky Ponting decides to bat on an unseasonal greentop at the 'Gabba next month, the Ashes will be fed straight to you without you lifting a finger.

We hope you enjoy it.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Queenie on (September 6, 2011, 3:37 GMT)

If you're reiandg this, you're all set, pardner!

Posted by Guru on (October 26, 2010, 14:26 GMT)

i completely agree with Sambit here that each will have their opinion. But point worth noting here is that the selection is done by crickets of repute who have played the game and are entitled to their expert opinion.

Posted by Ashish on (October 16, 2010, 9:51 GMT)

Hi, Could you please add the following fields to the page of a player: Current/Best ICC Batting/Bowling/Allrounder Test/ODI Rank This should not be too much of an effort I hope. I wish there were some way of knowing that you've read this.

Thanks.

Posted by sandeep on (October 15, 2010, 16:23 GMT)

I was sure but wanted to wait before writing this comment. No blogs/articles/Multiple questions about the Austrian current test cricket team. Where is the press analysis? someone there>>>

Posted by Kiran Bhanushali on (October 15, 2010, 14:12 GMT)

Excellent use of facebook likes Sambit. This is the first feature I have come across which really uses the like button for what it really is - a signal of interest. I think the feature plays well into the goal of facebook - to have everything a person does across the internet flow into his/hers newsfeed. I would also love for a way to access some of the posts that have been done in the past, eg. posts by harsha or by you on Sachin's records or on certain remarkable occasions like the first IPL season or the world cup debacle and the lashback from the Indian media etc. Currently after about 5 days such posts get lost never to be found again. Thanks for reading!

Posted by Soumitra Kale on (October 15, 2010, 3:48 GMT)

woww !!!! nice one cricinfo...... i love this site awesome stats & everything in systematic way.......

Posted by Susan Pattinson on (October 14, 2010, 7:43 GMT)

That will be fantastic to hear all the news of Victoria (Bushrangers)on Facebook,as my sons Darren & James play for them.Also looking forward to England & Australia in the ashes.

Posted by Michael Perera on (October 13, 2010, 19:45 GMT)

Can we "Like" this? :P

Posted by Mudassir Rana on (October 13, 2010, 17:14 GMT)

Thats wonderful to hear. But i m bit confused over application of this new utility as if it works for all the players or stuff that we had liked in the past? would i be receiving updates on all of them even if they are in dozens?

Posted by waleed on (October 13, 2010, 17:04 GMT)

yeah itz nice..i want imran nazirs AND PAKISTAN CKT TEAM UPDT...............AND ALSO UPCOMING ASHES

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Sambit Bal
Editor-in-chief Sambit Bal took to journalism at the age of 19 after realising that he wasn't fit for anything else, and to cricket journalism 14 years later when it dawned on him that it provided the perfect excuse to watch cricket in the office. Among other things he has bowled legspin, occasionally landing the ball in front of the batsman; laid out the comics page of a newspaper; covered crime, urban development and politics; and edited Gentleman, a monthly features magazine. He joined Wisden in 2001 and edited Wisden Asia Cricket and Cricinfo Magazine. He still spends his spare time watching cricket.

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