BOONEVILLE, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College's sports information director Blake Long wants to keep the Tiger and Lady Tiger athletic programs on the cutting-edge of technology.
In his first two months at his alma mater, Long has turned the Tiger and Lady Tiger social media accounts into a one-stop shop for information about Northeast athletics.
Long has also led the push for Northeast to be the first community/junior college on one of the hottest social media applications of 2013.
"Our public information department is very excited about becoming a member of Fancred, one of the fastest growing apps nationwide," said Long. "This is a big deal for our athletic programs and our social media presence."
Beginning in middle September, Northeast became the first community college in the country to be officially admitted to Fancred.
Fancred, which officially launched on March 12, was founded by Mississippi native Hossein Kash Razzaghi as a way to connect sports fans after other social media networks had not satisfied Razzaghi's desire for sports updates.
"Our goal at Fancred is to connect the world's sports fans," said Razzaghi, Fancred's Chief Executive Officer. "We are beyond thrilled to welcome Northeast Mississippi Community College as the first junior college on Fancred. This is an important step for us as we begin to enter every level of competitive sports."
Fancred sets itself apart from other social media applications because the recently launched application allows users to focus on certain teams instead of filtering through a NewsFeed or Timeline looking for information about a team.
With Fancred's setup, users are able to go through and select which teams that he or she wants to see and the Fancred application filters just those updates to the user account.
Designed for casual and hardcore sports fans, Fancred has taken off in the last six months and has steadily gained popularity as college football season kicked off.
Like other social media applications, Fancred allows users to post text, links, photos and see a feed based on the people and/or teams the user is following. Fancred also allows users to share updates on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Fancred also lends to the competitive nature of sports with the Fancred score – users are given a score based on a point-system dependent on the user's engagement on the site. Rated 1 to 100, users can increase their score by posting to the application, checking in at games and adding more followers and teams.
Fancred is a free application and can be downloaded to an iOS device via the Apple App Store or by following this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fancred/id614787471.
NEMCC fans can find the college on Fancred by searching for keywords "Northeast Tigers."
In addition to making Northeast the first community/junior college countrywide on Fancred, Long has also revamped the college's sports information social media accounts.
Following the college's lead with presence on various social media accounts, information, photos and short videos can be found on YouTube (nemcctigers), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NEMCCTigers), Twitter (https://twitter.com/NEMCCTigers), Instagram (http://instagram.com/nemcctigers), Vine (Northeast Tigers) and the college's sports information director has also started using the college's Storify page (NortheastMSCC) to put all social media information in one place for the college's sports fans.
"One of the goals we've been able to accomplish in my first two months at Northeast is to increase our existence online," Long said. "With this announcement and our new accounts on Twitter, Instagram and other apps, I feel like we're taking a large step ahead in increasing the information we spread to and in the interaction we have with the fans of our nine athletic programs."