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Share Your Thoughts On How To Make EPL Talk More Interactive

web-2.jpgI’d like to get your valuable input on a couple of new ideas I’m interested in implementing to EPL Talk. Over the past 12 months, the EPL Talk site has zoomed up the charts and you’ve posted 7,943 comments. As a result, I’ve taken down the message boards because the banter between you, the readers, has been taking place in the comments of the posts instead of the message forum, which is fine by me.What I’d like to do, though, is make the site more interactive, essentially more 2.0. Currently the only opportunity to interact with the site is in the comments section. So, I’d like to get your thoughts on two new ideas and what ideas you have to make them work for you and your fellow readers:

  • A wiki, and/or
  • Interactive maps.

Wiki: I could create a wiki (a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content) and incorporate it into a section of the site. But the question for you is what information should the wiki profile that would be remarkable?One idea is to build a wiki featuring all countries of the world. Each country’s page would then list how you can find the Premier League on TV, radio and on the internet (for highlights). This list could be updated by users around the world so no matter where you live, you can find coverage of the Premiership.If you’re not familiar with a wiki, here’s the football wiki at Wikipedia.Interactive maps: We’ve all seen Google Maps, but there’s also the opportunity to make them interactive and collaborative so that other users can add markers and other points of interest to the maps. But what type of interactive map would be useful, addictive and something that you’d return to as a resource again and again?As an example, EPL Talk created a static Google Map last year to highlight the stadiums visited on a 2006 tour throughout England.Please share your ideas and feedback via the comments link below. The ideas should be Premier League-specific. Thanks in advance for your valuable insight.

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  1. CFTV

    June 20, 2008 at 6:46 am

    I really like the recent commets but I would like to see it expanded with a link that shows “all comments” in order. Speaking for myself I don’t have the time to open up every link to see if a new comment has been made. Also if a person goes back in time and makes a comment on an older post it is more likely to get lost once it is off the recent comment list that is displayed on the front page. If there is a way to read all the comments made in order please post where I find the link on the page?

    I also miss the forums. I didn’t really participate by posting all the often but every couple of weeks I would dip in and read other peoples thoughts.

  2. The Gaffer

    June 19, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Bendi and eplnfl,

    Thanks for your suggestions. I appreciate you taking time to share your thoughts. I’ll definitely consider Ning. Hadn’t thought about that.

    A TV show would be great but it’s hard to nail down a specific time (not just for me, but also for the viewers/readers). The great thing about blogging is that it’s easier to do timeshifting – where it doesn’t have to be live.

    Let me see what I can cook up from the ideas that everyone presented.

    The Gaffer

  3. eplnfl

    June 17, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Well Web 2.0 equals social networking in many respects. So bendi has a good idea in that respect.

    I’ve always supported a forum and think it is still a good idea. While the comments on the blog are excellent, they become limited and given the outstanding # of the posts you have to really search for a post, since it will be a few posts down quickly. A actual membership directory where we can interact with other members individauly would be fun.

    I believe that a televised post game show moderated by the Gaffer on a u-stream/ type site would be great. We talked about it before, but most of us in this community do not have a local post-match call in show to vent on. Time of the show has always been a problem, but immediate post-game would solve that.

  4. bendi

    June 16, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    You could create a EPL Talk social network on Ning to promote reader gatherings, pre-game celebrations, post-match drunken wallowing, etc…

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