Social Network for High School Sports Kicks Off
- By Dian Schaffhauser
FirstString, a new social networking site designed for high school athletes, has launched. The Web site lets athletes in 10 different sports communicate with their teammates, friends, and opponents within the same conference and division.
Among the site's features are online chat, image uploading, videos, awards, schedule coordination, user ratings, and player stats. Profiles can be set up by both individual athletes and teams, while a SportsCast newsfeed enables users to keep up to date with events and games in the relevant field. Athletes can also privately track their opponents' stats, images, and status updates through the WatchList feature.
FirstString includes athlete, team, and coach profiles. The company expects to add recruiter profiles soon.
"FirstString is built to deliver engaging and relevant content that is happening on the field and inside the school district," said Jonathan Eppers, company president.
Only users over the age of 14 can register athlete or fan profiles on the Web site.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.