Facebook greeted me with the stupid drawing and proclamation above.
I presume this is a promotion for the Facebook sports venture that Fortune’s Mathew Ingram described as a “grenade” tossed at ESPN. And Facebook continues to dominate people’s time like no other medium, so maybe this will be successful, too.
But here’s where it won’t succeed with me:
- I already knew there was a big football game today, so this post didn’t tell me anything useful.
- Since I already knew it was “Game Day,” the breathless proclamation was annoying.
- If I didn’t know what the game was, it would have been even more annoying because not knowing would mean I didn’t care (and, since it didn’t use the name of the actual name, not very informative).
- Action photographs of football interest me. But not amateurish cartoons.
- Twitter is way better than Facebook for live two-screen enjoyment of sports and other events (until it screws that up by using an algorithm to become more like Facebook).
I use Facebook as much as I do only because so many of my friends and family are there (many more than use Twitter). But I don’t think seeing all their updates about the game will enhance my enjoyment of it. And I’m guessing if I click that link at the bottom, I’m going to see lots of crap about the “Game” from people I don’t even know or care about.
I think I’ll just watch Super Bowl 50 (that’s its name, by the way) on TV.