How a Sports Highlight app avoids negative social media comments


At 3:17 p.m. EST on Monday, ESPN tweeted a clip of LeBron James’ eldest son, Bronny, dunking on the head of an 18-year-old French player in Paris.

At 3:18 p.m., the comments, both hyperbolic and sarcastic, arrived.

From @lamelolover: “not even James’ best brother.”

From @devinarchive: “I’m better than Bronny.”

From @SugaSzn1: “lol playing against European scrubs, not impressive.”

From @DrahGaming95: “You really hate a kid. That’s sad.”

The mocking reactions, all based on a 18 year old slam dunk 1v3is one clear reason why startup Fivestar — an app where fans rate sports highlights without comment or cynicism — is a healthier addition to the social media space.

Endorsed by a myriad of discreet professional athletes and powered by proprietary algorithms, Fivestar not only intends to be the only place to watch, rank and rate athlete videos as a whole, but also to become the only place where it can be done without sarcasm or venom. .

The app’s CEO and co-founder, Erin McNeally, believes in brevity. She designed a platform where athletes or weekend warriors download the app, post their personal videos and ask users to rate them from 1 to 5 stars, hence the name, Fivestar App. Using machine learning, the most acclaimed athlete videos are ranked from top to bottom, which McNeally says gives audiences the ability to choose, say, the nation’s top prep basketball players rather than a screening service.

“We wanted to put the power back in the hands of the people and say, ‘Let the peers and the people decide who the best athletes are per sport,'” McNeally told SportTechie. “And we’ve removed comments to try to eliminate a lot of the negativity and white noise that you find on some of the other social platforms.”

Fivestar makes sports highlights and a unique scoring system the focus of its platform.

The possibilities, she says, are endless. The app, once it reaches its second iteration, will be a partial recruiting app, where coaches can narrow their granular searches to particular high school sports and reach out to potential recruits. Already, Fivestar is part of the entertainment, where skateboarders and snowboarders can post videos to see where they rank in the daredevil department.

The app also ranks football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, gymnastics, athletics, cricket and badminton and lifestyle sports players. Its aim, according to McNeally, is to remain domestic until 2023 before branching out internationally.

We’ve removed comments to try and eliminate a lot of the negativity and white noise you find on some of the other social platforms.

Users of the app – and there are 10,000 so far in its two months of existence – can also earn coins, gear and Fivestar rewards if they keep up to date with their ratings. of videos. In other words, if the overall vote on a video is 4.5 and a user also gave it a 4.5, they earn rewards. If the user gave it a 2 and it ended up with a total of 4.5, it does not earn any rewards. A sense of crowd preferences is important.

Athletes such as professional lacrosse players Trevor Baptiste and Kylie Ohlmiller; skateboarders Ryan Decenzo and Deon Harris; and the WNBA’s Angel McCoughtry are brand ambassadors and consultants who love the fact haters can be banned from the door. They now have a safe place to upload their videos, where they can’t see what rating a user gives them – just an overall score and the names of people who voted.

“Look, one star is a positive rating,” McNeally says. “That’s what we tell people. There’s nothing negative. You get one star.”

Bronny James would probably take this any day of the week, especially Monday.


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