ArmchairGM, a wiki platform devoted to sports, which was acquired by Wikia has decided to go totally social by adding a blend of social networking features. ArmchairGM leveraged a wiki format to form a community but felt it was missing something.
Here is a rundown of the social networking features ArmchairGM has recently added:
Friends or Foes - Most social networks allow you to connect with your friends. ArmchairGM has added the ability to add sports: Foes. "Foe"-ing is like friending someone in a typical social network but the opposite. For example, rivals like Cubs and Cardinal fans can foe each other in the community.
Messaging - ArmchairGM has added a way for fans to message each other within the community both privately or publicly. Public messages appear on your profile page for the world to see similar to the wall that Facebook employs.
Ratings - ArmchairGM now makes it easier for fans to express their opinions on players, teams and even seasons with the addition of a rating system.
Fan Network - Taking a page out of the book of Twitter, ArmchairGM has added the ability to broadcast your thoughts to a group of fans.
Games - From quizzes to polls to a dead simple picture game to decide which image you like better - simple but addictive.
ArmchairGM co-founder Dan Lewis had this to say of the additional social aspects recently added:
"We added it because we felt that wikis are, at their heart, a community endeavor, and it's important to facilitate the building of relationships."
From ArmchairGM's recent moves and Dan's statement it is clear that ArmchairGM understands web 2.0 and what can make a product thrive - the people and their relationships.