Doing this is the definition of social media, since I can’t be a real social gathering with other fans, this way I get to exchange information, barbs, or frequently in the Mets case — bitching. One thing to note is that through Collecta I can’t directly contribute, but it made it very easy to find other Mets fans and add them to my twitter follows list and ping away.
Overall it was interesting, but it also changed my perception of this as “search” as we have come to know it. The search engine paradigm is that I want information, that information is stored in historical archives, and I use some words that surround the topic and this hopefully gets me an answer. On Collecta, it was more of watching history unfold. The results are partial pieces of the big picture, but as time — in this case the game — played on, it was up to me to follow along and piece everything together.
The flow of information was constant, but the content mixed during the evening. Here are some samples:
- play-by-play: “David Wright RBI single scores Angel Pagan, who slides under the tag at home. Mets trailing 6-4 now. 5th inning. #mets” by @citycynic
- commentary: “you know if the DBacks have shut down their offense for the night like we normally would, we could actually get back in this one.” byMetsWFAN @
- pictures: From carryboo on Flickr
- cheering: “Daniel Murphy goes yard. Mets are within one at 6-5. Wow. by @TheRopolitans”,
- of course, some bitching: my fav “The Mets suck!” By @pete807
- game recap just minutes after the final out: “Reynolds powers Diamondbacks past Mets 6-5 (AP)”
So the outcome of all this: First, the experience needs to be renamed from real-time search because anything called search eventually gets compared to Google by the mass audience. The only thing that it shares with the Google activity is that I type a query in a box and click. I this case the “Now!” button.
Second, it is the perfect complement to enjoying a live event on TV or radio. The endless stream of commentary is perfect for baseball which we all know has a lot of down time. However, I’m sure it will provide the same benefits for the American Idol and Lost crowds as their geek quotient increases.
Though the Mets lost this one, I think I found a new way to add some enjoyment to the game.
Take care, and Let’s Go Mets!