Monday, March 19, 2012

10 Ways the Internet Has Been Used to Spread the News About Soccer Tragedies

When it comes to sports the news isn’t always solely focused on what happened during the game or what the latest score reflects. Sadly, the news too often deals with stories that transcend athletic pursuits and are often tragic in their nature. Soccer, more than any other sport, has seen its fair share of tragedies associated with the game. The news has spread quickly in many cases, thanks to the availability of several different news outlets all teaming to broadcast the news. Here are 10 ways that the internet has been used to disseminate the news about soccer tragedies:

  1. Sports Websites – When tragedy strikes sports reporters at websites like ESPN or SkySports must switch journalistic duties from recapping games and updating scoreboards to carrying the unfortunate news to the rest of the world. More often than not, dedicated sports fans will get that kind of news on these websites first.
  2. News Media – Tragedy surpasses the specific venue in which it occurs and oftentimes the news is shared across the board on all of the different media channels, and in particular on the larger news outlets such as BBC and CNN. This is usually where the world at large will learn of a newsworthy incident.
  3. Twitter – More and more frequently, tweets are carrying news across the web as it is publicized by the more traditional sources. Because tweets have to be concise it’s an easy way to get out a short quip about breaking news quickly. It’s not that uncommon for web users to learn of a significant news event first via a tweet before turning to a more traditional outlet for a more detailed explanation of what happened.
  4. YouTube – Videos of big news stories, particularly those of a spectacular nature, are guaranteed to go viral in short order. Uploading videos to YouTube is done easily and you can find videos relatively easily on the website of any such soccer tragedy that has occurred in the video era.
  5. E-mail – Word of something fantastic, such as a stadium fire or a soccer riot, is bound to show up in your inbox before too long. News gets forwarded pretty quickly these days, especially when it’s something that is as big as the recent story of the Egypt soccer protests.
  6. Facebook – Social networking sites in general are becoming a bigger source of news for many dedicated members, in particular those who are on Facebook. As web users and businesses use sites such as Facebook to stay in touch with friends, family and the world at large, it’s becoming more common to read breaking news there first.
  7. RSS Feeds – Apps and widgets that allow users to receive news feeds directly to their desktops or websites can be updated about global events instantly. Much of the world’s web surfers get news that is sent out via such feeds.
  8. Blogs – Name the interest or topic, and chances are there are already scores of web logs dedicated to the subject, along with a devoted group of loyal followers already in place. Within a community, such as European football fans, news is frequently spread on such blogs.
  9. Forums – As with blogs, special interest groups will gather at forums that are dedicated to their topics of choice. Getting the word out about anything connected to that interest can be shared easily there at the forum.
  10. Book and Video Sales – Video compilations and books have been published about tragedies like those in the sport of soccer. This allows those interested in the subject to read or watch about several of the tragedies all in one place. They can be purchased at numerous websites such as Amazon.
Taken From Dial Up

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