Wow, this is great news from the team behind one of my favorite websites, FootyTube. In a recent article by Steve Wilson of The Telegraph (UK), FootyTube was named one of the top 25 football sites on the web, despite still being in beta. My many congratulations for all of the hard work! It’s finally starting to pay off.
There are of course a couple of other good spots on the list. Two of my other “must read on a daily basis” tips would be Soccernet, closely followed by BBC Football. You can also read what Lee of FootyTube thoughts are on the list, and what he feel was missed.
A site I didn’t know about, which I found through Lee’s post is Footballfilter, it’s sort of a popurls-clone, a mashup but with football sources only. Being a frequent flyer of the iPhone, I have to give Footballfilter credit for the Instapaper integration (hover over an article and check the right-hand side) as well as the use of RPX (OpenID and data portability). This is the way to go and I love it!
FootballFilter is a compilation of the best Football* content available on the internet, including news, blogs, forums, pictures, videos and podcasts. All content is updated automatically so you can quickly scan all the latest stories that are appearing on the web. You can read a summary of each news item by hovering your mouse over the text. To read the full article just click on the link.
Oh and, here you go Lee. Let me know if you need an even ‘better’ one!
Closed systems are at the mercy of their creator having guessed at the optimal solution.
– Dick Costello
Before I knew about the top 25 mentioning, this post was going to be on openfooty, FootyTube’s own API (featured below) which is currently in a closed beta.
As of now, openfooty promises to be the most advanced completely free football API available. It offers access to much of the data that powers FootyTube on a daily basis; including fixtures, league tables, team standings, player data, team news, and of course, video. From the sound of it, it sounds as if FootyTube will prevail in this space through opening up their data to developers – something I’m of course in favor of.
I hope it won’t be too long until FootyTube shows us what other fans, users, and developers have created with openfooty. Really looking forward to it!