Do you like football? Do you like social websites? Do you like social football websites? Do you like reading posts promoting social football websites by people who are promoting those particular sites because there’s a competition going on at the moment where people who post about those social soccer sites and mention a certain competition might just win a weekend package in London including taking part in a penalty shoot-out against Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia?
Footbo is a new social site in open beta testing at the moment that is trying to connect football fans from across the globe without resorting to nasty chants and throwing Molotov cocktails. What starts off as a visually attractive means to produce your own detailed football fan profile – who you support nationally and internationally, what players you like and how you rate them, your dream team if you had Abramovic’s money, etc. – becomes quite a bit more once you explore the website more fully. Related news feeds and pictures and video footage of football games, adverts, or interviews are available when you want on your home page once you’ve signed up and you can then indulge in all the usual web2.0-style socialising you like through hosted blogs, wall posts with friends, and joining user groups. Dance partners must, however, stay a respectable distance apart and may only hold hands; this particular rule may upset you if you’re a Brazilian.
Probably one of the most enjoyable aspects of the site is the predictions game system which is currently running alongside the European Championships. I’d like to say that I’m doing particularly well at predicting the outcome of the various games going on between Europe’s finest. I’d like to say that. At the moment I’m predicting that Germany will lose 3-1 in the final to Russia. You’ll be able to see after Sunday just how much I know about football when that’s shown to be horribly, horribly wrong.
In addition to showcasing your football preferences and bizarre beliefs about how good Ronaldo is (any Ronaldo, pick a Ronaldo) and meshing social networking with the beautiful game itself, Footbo also serves as a comprehensive repository of footballing knowledge. Wiki entries for teams (from the major leagues in nineteen countries) and players can be edited or added to by any user but you are forbidden from altering Wayne Rooney’s height to under four feet tall on pain of torture.
If you join up then look out for me – my Footbo profile – and add me as a friend. It’s the social thing to do, after all. Failing to do so would displease me on this, the day of my daughter’s wedding.
And now, back to that talk of a competition … you can win too! If you’ve got a blog or a website, an interest in firing your balls in the direction of a Spanish footballer but hoping he won’t get his hands on them (who doesn’t!), or you want to be in with the chance of simply winning an official Euro 2008 football and a football-shaped USB key then here’s what you need to know.
Footbo proudly sponsors this new blogging contest by offering you the chance to win a fantastic weekend package to London with the opportunity to play a penalty shoot-out game with Arsenal’s goalkeeper Manuel Almunia!
It’s very easy:
You just have to blog about this contest sponsored by footbo, the social network focusing on football (with a link to footbo), and tell the world your prediction (teams and score) for the final of Euro 2008: if you’re right, prepare your luggage for London!
Furthermore, if you’re one of the first 50 bloggers posting an article you will receive an official Euro 2008 football, along with a football shaped USB key.
Don’t hesitate anymore and grab your chance to win a fantastic weekend just by predicting the outcome of the Euro final!”