Since we've gotten so much positive and enthusiastic feedback about this project, we're just going to place the trends log template here. Just to reiterate, here is the brief on the experiment:
According to ESPN Senior Vice President Vince Doria, hockey “doesn't transfer to a national discussion” in the United States, thus why it refuses to actively give it the same coverage as other major sports. Chris, a San Jose Sharks fan, and I are determined to prove ESPN wrong, but we’re going to need some help.
Our plan is to take one of Chris’s favorite pastimes, tracking hockey-related trends on Twitter (“Hockey is mainstream at last!”) and expand it. For exactly one year we will track Twitter trends internationally, nationally and in six major cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, LA, Miami and New York. Every day we will take note of each sports-related trend and categorize them by sport. We will check the trending topics four to five times a day, making sure to not miss any pertinent ones.
This is definitely not a job for just two people, however. Chris and I would really appreciate some help. If you’d like to volunteer your services to help us track the daily trends, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your job will be to log sports-related trends on a daily basis and email them to me so that Chris and I can cross-examine all results for the day and put them onto one log.
At the end of our year-long experiment, we’ll publicize our findings for everyone to see and maybe email them to ESPN. Who knows, maybe the organization that paid Sarah Phillips will finally see the light and give hockey the coverage it so greatly deserves. If you are interested, please email me right away, as we will be beginning our experiment as soon as possible. Thank you!At the end of each day, send me (Alex/QueenCrash) your trends log and I'll consolidate all the logs. If a trend appears in multiple cities, log it. We want to know which cities are paying attention to which sports. Also, make sure to date your logs! Below you will find the trends log template, or what yours should roughly look like:
Sports-Related Trending Topics for mm/dd/yyyy
Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport)Nationally (U.S.) Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport)Boston Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport)Chicago Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport)Dallas Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport)Los Angeles Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport)Miami Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport)New York Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport) Trend (Sport)
If you have any questions, just shoot us a tweet at @QueenCrash or @chrissampang. Thanks for the help and support everyone!