Is Bigfooty overlooked in the major AFL media?

Would you LIKE to see Bigfooty get further attention to detail in the major AFL media?

  • Yes, there are plenty of voices on here which should be heard

    Votes: 33 42.9%
  • No, it would only make the media more complicated then it already is

    Votes: 30 39.0%
  • I Don't Know

    Votes: 14 18.2%

  • Total voters
    77

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AwwThatsApples

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It's always confused me considering the amount of attention to detail platforms like Twitter are given in the AFL media for frequent reference and quotes. Obviously with so many different social media platforms out in the world nowadays it's difficult to have an even distribution of attention amongst all of them, but I have never personally noticed any reference to content on Bigfooty from any major news outlets. Considering even platforms like Facebook and their shady cousin Instagram get a massive amount of attention for posts and comments made, and at times even trolling (Particularly involving verbal abuse towards players) why is Bigfooty never talked about despite supposedly being the leading online Aussie Rules Community? And do people prefer it this way or perhaps should we seek bigger widespread attention in the media to enforce more validity for growing opinions and accusations for both the league itself and the individual clubs?
 

PerthBoy86

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Never heard it mentioned so I'd say yes. When does the media ever reference an online forum? Maybe if 'important figures' started posting here they would. Twitter is where controversial newsworthy but usually vacuous soundbytes live.
 

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Chief

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Never heard it mentioned so I'd say yes. When does the media ever reference an online forum? Maybe if 'important figures' started posting here they would. Twitter is where controversial newsworthy but usually vacuous soundbytes live.
And if players WAGs called out their cheating on BigFooty we'd get TONS more traffic ;)
 

Kwality

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It's always confused me considering the amount of attention to detail platforms like Twitter are given in the AFL media for frequent reference and quotes. Obviously with so many different social media platforms out in the world nowadays it's difficult to have an even distribution of attention amongst all of them, but I have never personally noticed any reference to content on Bigfooty from any major news outlets. Considering even platforms like Facebook and their shady cousin Instagram get a massive amount of attention for posts and comments made, and at times even trolling (Particularly involving verbal abuse towards players) why is Bigfooty never talked about despite supposedly being the leading online Aussie Rules Community? And do people prefer it this way or perhaps should we seek bigger widespread attention in the media to enforce more validity for growing opinions and accusations for both the league itself and the individual clubs?
Twitter is easy meat for the media, talking about someone elses opinion regardless of whether it has any substance.
Journos quoting Twitter should be viewed with a healthy dose of cynicism.
 

AwwThatsApples

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I suppose like many sports nowadays simplicity seems to be more highly regarded than validity in the media. A poster on here can make extensive analysis with reference to resources of evidence for the sake of their argument and yet a singular sentence over Twitter is all which is needed for the most part. I suppose its logical to favour the platforms with higher traffic and popularity, but at the same time, it leaves me curious if there are other exclusive forums to major sports leagues around the world which might have similar issues regarding recognition?
 

kaiserchief13

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The majority of people watching TV and listening to radio about AFL don't know what Bigfooty is, but they all know what Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are. Media is simply telling their audience of the sources being FB, Instagram, Twitter so they don't get confused
 

Rotayjay

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Bigfooty is not cool or well-known, and it won't 'land' to cite a website that the audience has never heard of. Mainstream social media (Twitter etc) is popular enough so that what people are saying on it is news in itself. And then when they want rumours, they are free to dig it up from Bigfooty without citing it because they are only rumours.

I could swear I saw a Bigfooty page being shown on TV by Channel Nine Adelaide some time in the last few years. Did anyone see that?
 

greatwhiteshark

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If they did reference BF then they would then probs run it, that would mean we could no longer have an opinion without Gillon providing a tick of approval.
Right now BF is the only independent resource in Australia where you can say what you feel about the game. With no independent media the game is now longer reported in a bubble, the truth is never told. Everything is about making sure we hear what they want us to hear.

Keep the AFL as far away from BF as you can. You don't want them anywhere near it.
 

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Roobs321

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Joining a forum like bigfooty implies a more active interest than a targeted viewer. They don’t need a FB/IG/TW presence to glue our hobbyist attention. The familiar platforms are more known, casual friendly, generalist and also industry peep friendly. If the players and coaches and broadcasters are unlikely to feel comfortable openly having a bigfooty account, then it just isn’t going to receive attention. And a bit like the mythical open gay AFL player, the less on this platform there are the more focus on those that do. I suspect club social media policies have warned against it.
 

Ice-Wolf

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It's always confused me considering the amount of attention to detail platforms like Twitter are given in the AFL media for frequent reference and quotes. Obviously with so many different social media platforms out in the world nowadays it's difficult to have an even distribution of attention amongst all of them, but I have never personally noticed any reference to content on Bigfooty from any major news outlets. Considering even platforms like Facebook and their shady cousin Instagram get a massive amount of attention for posts and comments made, and at times even trolling (Particularly involving verbal abuse towards players) why is Bigfooty never talked about despite supposedly being the leading online Aussie Rules Community? And do people prefer it this way or perhaps should we seek bigger widespread attention in the media to enforce more validity for growing opinions and accusations for both the league itself and the individual clubs?
It's not overlooked, they just don't reference it because it's where they steal column inches from.
 

Dazzler9

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Apr 30, 2015
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Clubs use Twitter and Facebook as communication channels.

Players, coachers, commentators, industry experts etc, use Twitter and Facebook and so journos can quote them directly.

Neither of these happen on BF.
 

Dirty Bird

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I guarantee a lot of media don't even know BigFooty exists.
They're here
They use here
We're their unnamed sources.

News almost always breaks here before anywhere else.
IIRC, news was filtering out about the Essendon drug scandal days before it hit the main media
 

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