I'd like to draw reader's attention to The Sports Exchange which is a new social network for punters of all persuasions. There's some good discussion going on and perhaps some momentum gathering, it's worth a go. Particularly as there's a good post on the same subject as my previous blog entry - here. This is imo, the right way to go about things. The betting community is the market, and we do have a lot of power, it's harnessing it that's difficult - and that is what needs to happen for things to change. I've just signed up.
Talking of social networks, you can now follow me on twitter, if you haven't joined twitter yet and can't see the use in 140 character 'status updates', let me say that till you use it, it's difficult to know just how useful it is. Those of you with facebook profiles will know about status updates, but on twitter there is none of the politics that go along with them. No unwritten rules about who you follow, or who can see your profile... It's pure information, some of it is tedious, but some of it is genuinely brilliant.
By following who you want to, you effectively build your own feed of information from people you personally find interesting. There more 'interesting' people you follow, the more useful stuff comes out of it - I've learnt about stuff I'd never have known about had I not joined.
There's the usual mix of attention seekers (celebrities included) and those that use the service the way it was designed to be used. These are easily spotted, though if I'm honest, I quite enjoy following some of the obvious show offs.
If there's a problem I encounter with twitter from a betting perspective, it's that it's quite difficult to find genuine punters who aren't selling a system, or marketing something else. I find I'm following fewer bettors, and more sports people. Maybe we can change that a bit. Join up, add me on and say hello. Feel free to pilfer the list of people I follow.