One of the arguably most exciting things about Twitter is the ability to see real time interactions by users around the world, particularly when searching for a particular topic through the use of hashtags. With popular and trending hashtags, there can be so many tweets per second it’s hard to keep up, resulting in some of the best being missed out (and often in favour of poor man’s banter).
This is often the case with sports on Twitter – tweets from those at the game quickly gets filtered out by those updating their feed with ongoing speculation about the match. Your Nations has been created as an answer to this problem for Six Nations fans wanting to keep up with the social media support during the fixtures by pulling in geotagged photos from the stadiums, allowing users to see fan photography from inside the stadium. Not only does it show fan caught shots of the live action, it allows social media users at home to get into the spirit with photos of the fans, face paint and beers at the ready.
As well as puling in photos, Your Nations compares the Twitter support of the two teams during each fixture, showing a real time view of Twitter ‘possession’ as fans tweet in support for their team. Having Your Nations as a second screen can therefore encourage more online interaction to prevent your team from losing out on Twitter morale.
Your Nations biggest selling point, however, is the fact that it stores this data indefinitely, enabling it to serve as a lasting memorial of the 2015 Six Nations. Flicking through previous fixtures brings a sense of community to the Six Nations games, as well as a reminder of the friendly rivalry between teams. It’s a social media project which takes the heart of the sport – its fans – and puts them at the forefront, reflecting the community around international rugby and the experience of attending a test match.