Get Your Providence Stats from Twitter with

dave@friarblog —  December 19th, 2008 4:03 PM
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Don’t know what Twitter is? Get with the times!

From their website:

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

So basically you can send short messages of up to 140 characters and follow people so you can receive their messages.  It works through the web, your cellphone, and other applications people build.

The man behind the great site announced earlier this week a service built on top of Twitter called

Here is the about blurb:

For a growing number of people, Twitter is an important source of information and social interaction. Yet little has been done to integrate sports data in interesting ways.

Most sports-related media outlets that have a Twitter account simply blast everything through a single account. I don’t know about you, but I don’t find this very useful. I prefer Twitter updates targeted at just the teams I’m interested in. And I’m not talking about just a news feed. It needs to be as if each sports team had a twitter account and a stats geek behind the scenes tweeting interesting stuff.

That’s exactly what the StatTweets accounts are intended to do (but it is all automated). Not only can you follow just the teams you are interested in, but you can interact with each account to retrieve team and player stats dynamically. Check out the usage pagefor more details.

So what does this mean?  You can follow @ProvidenceStats and get in-game score updates, rankings, and point spreads via automatic Twitter posts.

Next time I am away during a game, I am defintely going to follow the score through this account.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

When you are away from home and trying to get scores through your phone, what do you use?

Another cool feature is that you can send stat requests to the account and it will reply with the stats!

@UNCStats #StatMe

Results in @UNCStats (UNC Basketball) sending this reply:

@statsheet FG% 51.4, FT% 71.4, 3PT% 41.1, PPG 97.0, RPG 47.8, APG 21.1, TOPG 11.4, SPG 11.9, BPG 6.0, FPG 16.6

Pretty cool stuff

If there are any existing Twitter users out there, be sure to follow me!

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