Posted on: August 4, 2009 9:09 am

What Are You Searching For?

A lot has been made of 'Search' lately.  Microsoft and Yahoo! have teamed up to form a search giant to try and tackle Google.  Twitter has become a viable search tool to find out what people are saying about a specific topic.  They've made search the focus of their homepage.  Facebook has even taken strides to make their search more usable than it had been in the past. 

I've always felt that seachh, in the context of Fantasy, was pretty straightforward.  Basically, you are searching for players.  And the search result is a 'player page' with all of the relevant content you would ever need to make a decision about that player.  But with all of the recent developments in search and the progress of the algorithms over the years, is there more we could be offering to serve your needs? 

For instance, if I go to Twitter and search for Ronnie Brown , I see a bunch of people having a conversation about Ronnie Brown including things like where he is going in Fantasy drafts, if he'll be the primary person handling the ball in the wildcat formation this year, how he has looked in training camp so far, etc.  Would things like that be relevant information to you in helping to make a decision about this player?  What else would you deem relevant that you are not getting when you search for a player in Fantasy?  Is search something you use in Fantasy other than a player search within our system?
Posted on: July 13, 2009 9:06 am

Fantasy and Social Behavior - Part II

Last month I wrote a little bit about the social features within the context of your league.  But with the web becoming ever more social, is there a need for the fantasy player to be able to port their fantasy league experience outside of their league?  I expect the people that participate in these discussions to be able to give me some good feedback here.  You guys are already part of the CBSSports.com community.  You are social beings by and large.  I'm assuming that many of you not only use this site to communicate with others, but use the other social sites on the web that are popular right now like the Facebooks and Twitters of the world.  It seems like there is a need for people to be able to express themselves on these sites, to let others know who they are are and what they are all about.  I've noticed people listing out their favorite musicians/bands, favorite quotes, favorite movies, favorite books, etc.  They list recently read books and recently watched movies.  They take quizzes and post them to their profiles all so they can show people how much they know about the Michael Jackson memorial ceremony and other trivial topics. 

Knowing how passionate our user base is, I can't imagine that this type of behavior wouldn't translate to Fantasy sports.  In trash talking I can imagine it'd be nice to be able to easily point to your league's standings in a post.  When talking about players, it'd be nice to easily be able to point to your roster, or your league's transaction report to show the add/drops and trades you've made.  And what about past championships won?  Wouldn't it be cool to have a place where you can point to in order to show off your fantasy prowess?  Do you care about these types of features?  Would people outside of your fantasy league or outside of the fantasy community care to see this stuff?  What else could be pulled out from your league to take with you as a badge of honor?  What about your reputation or rating? 

If I'm way off base here, let me know. 
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