In the past two weeks, I have had the privilege to participate in two hangouts on Google+. The first being with other sports fanatics and George Attallah of the NFL Players Association. The second being with the Arizona Cardinals. The first gave me the ability to chat and ask specific questions to George about strides made towards players safety, and further engagement on Google +. For those yet to experience a Hangout or Hangout On-Air(shame on you), it brings realistic interaction to light as you are able to see and hear others through webcam technology. The conversations as well as features these hangouts provide is a better way to interact. Now, I know sports has been primarily on Facebook or Twitter, but it’s time to expand into more developed conversations.
I guess you could say I am a veteran of hangouts, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that those in the industry are apprehensive at this point. The more technology expands, the more media has to adjust. Print media is on it’s way out despite those who still refuse to own or use a computer. The connections and networking that are happening in these hangouts are a great way to bring fans and athletes together (hence, this site). I have enjoyed seeing the Greenbay Packers as well as Tiger Woods participate in hangouts. It can prove to fans and athletes that there are other ways of producing professional yet fun content, without old habits that can prohibit connection.
Do you agree that this is a step in the right direction for the sports and sports media industries?