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FanNation

Sports Fan Discussion Community


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Published 08/25/2009 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

FanNation is a social networking site designed specifically for sports fans. It’s suitable for all sorts of different sports and is very popular. The site can be used for followers of many sports including the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB and NCAA. FanNation collects lots of different news information from thousands of sources.

Social networking features are very important on FanNation as they make it possible to build your own profile and interact with other people. The site is designed more to share news rather than social network. Customizing the profiles is possible but you don’t have as much features as on MySpace and similar sites.

FanNation also features a number of widgets in a similar way to other social networking websites. You can use this to put your content onto other social networking sites like MySpace and hi5.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

FanNation was launched on 1st September 2006 which means that it’s actually a pretty old site in terms of the internet. It’s got hundreds of visitors and it’s a very popular site for sports fans. There are a number of other competing sites including Takkle, SportsMates and NHL Connect. FanNation is now owned and controlled by CNN. The site is now a sports illustrated website and this means that registering for an account will create a sports illustrated account.

What are the differences to other apps?

This software will pull together thousands of stories from all over the internet. This makes it possible to keep track of certain teams and players. You can also use NewsScout to look at injuries and have them placed onto a map. Social networking is a very important part of the site as this makes it possible to get to know other users. You can create a profile and interact with the site in a similar way to other social networking sites.

The social networking features aren’t the best because you have to browse through the hundreds of visitors on the site instead of being able to search for them.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

FanNation has a very nice look and feel however the social networking features are a little bit of hard work to use. This is because you have to browse through the users on the site rather than being able to search for them using a search feature. Because the site collects from so many different sources it’s much easier to get accurate news that you can trust.

How does the registration process work?

You can browse the news stories without registering however if you want to post your own comments then you will need to sign up for your own account. Don’t confuse the subscribe to SI link with the registry link because these are actually two very different things. There is then a medium length form to fill in which shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

You will then be sent an email which you need to read and click the accept link in to accept the account. If you did enter the wrong email address then it is possible to change this by following a link which is quite a nice touch.

As soon as you have registered and confirmed your account you can then start posting and commenting on other peoples posts. This makes the site very interesting to use for everyone.

What does it cost to use the application?

FanNation is free to use and is supported by adverts. It’s also a CNN company and users are directed towards the main Sports Illustrated site.

Who would you recommend the application to?

FanNation has been around for a very long time and is a really useful site. Because the site has been around since 2006 it’s very reliable and well tested. It’s aimed specifically at sports fans who want to be able to learn more about their sports and interact with other people. If you’re a sports fan then it’s certainly a good idea to check out this site. You won’t regret it because it has something that few sports site have – an active community.

  • FanNation has a number of nice features including the social networking features
  • Interact with many users and talk about anything you want
  • News feature also ensures that accurate news stories from around the internet are collected into one place


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