Once called Fanpul.se, FanVibe is a social networking tool geared towards sports fans. Fans can join the site, invite their friends and talk about their favorite events as they happen. The site enhances the experience by providing real time scores and game highlights as they are seen. Users can pick potential game winners and check in on other’s activity. The site is essentially the Twitter of sports.Show more screenshots »
Only true sports fans could conceive of something like FanVibe, and that is exactly what the original founders were. The site was started by three enthusiastic sports fans, former ESPN member Vishwas, and Joe and Art from Yardbarker.com. Work began on FanVibe in San Francisco, CA in 2009. Y Combinator later funded the project in the summer of 2010. The scope became larger, but the focus remained the same: bring a new way to stay in touch with friends who love sports while following the big games as they happen.
There seems to be an enormous number of new social networking themes emerging. FanVibe may be another one of those, however the concept is appealing to sports fans. Visitors who come to the site know that they will get a heavy dose of their favorite sporting event without having to wade through other topics or seek out those with similar interests. It is all easy to find within the site.
The layout of FanVibe gets right to the point. A new visitor can see recent activity showcased on the homepage. The stylish banner offers a hint of color in a way that is fun and well organized. A scrolling banner just below announces the start of big upcoming events to help users locate the most popular matches and start following them. The site allows the social networking tools and game information to do all the work while letting the menus and color scheme remain low key.
A new visitor to FanVibe can easily create an account by clicking the green “get started” in the right hand side menu on the homepage. A Facebook sign in option is offered. Users without Facebook can continue on by filling out the first and last name fields as well as entering a valid email address and password. After entering these few personal details, users are immediately taken to their dashboard area. Here, the fun can begin by adding friends and sporting events to follow.
At this point, FanVibe is available to all users at no membership cost. A new account can be created and managed for free. However, a link to a “pro” membership section has been added to the site. A note explains that this area is still under construction. In the future, pro features will be added for paying account holders. Only a few details are given, but premium accounts will be given a pro subscription status, pro only leaderboard access with special prizes and awards for pro members only. Additional features are hinted at but not described.
FanVibe was created by and intended for sports fans. This is the group that would get the most out of the features found on the site. Non sports fans will find little to do here, other than some social networking which can be done elsewhere. Sports fans, on the other hand, will find a number of features that cater to their love of the game. The social aspect makes the site more interactive, which encourages participation as users cheer on their favorite teams or boo the opposition.