ecademy is a small social network for business professionals that is an alternative to LinkedIn. It has a small number of people connected to Australian sport. In using and evaluating ecademy, it should be looked at from the perspective of using it liked in: Developing a network of employees, volunteers and athletes who can help network with other professionals to bring in an audience of potential sponsors and higher income bracket fans.
Given the nature of ecademy, the total number of people who have clubs listed in their profiles should not be gauged as a representation of fandom on the network. Rather, it should be looked at as industry professionals who want to be affiliated with the club or league.
One of the challenges involved with measuring membership on ecademy is that team sport names may not be the name of organization that runs the club or league. This could possibly exclude some people actually connected to them. For example, in the W-League, most teams are run by the state football associations, not by a specific organization with the club’s name in the title.
The table below gives an idea as to the historical size of the Australian and Kiwi women’s sport community on the network.
|ANZ Championship||Melbourne Vixens||Melbourne Vixens||0||27-Nov-10|
|ANZ Championship||Northern Mystics||Northern Mystics||0||27-Nov-10|
|ANZ Championship||West Coast Fever||‘West Coast Fever||0||16-Aug-10|
|ANZ Championship||West Coast Fever||‘West Coast Fever||0||27-Nov-10|
|W-League||Canberra United||Canberra United||0||3-Jun-10|
|W-League||Canberra United||Canberra United||0||15-Jun-10|
|W-League||Canberra United||Canberra United||0||1-Jul-10|
|W-League||Canberra United||Canberra United||0||27-Nov-10|
|WNBL||Perth Lynx||‘Perth Lynx||0||16-Aug-10|
|WNBL||Perth Lynx||‘Perth Lynx||0||27-Nov-10|
|WNBL||West Coast Waves||‘West Coast Waves||0||16-Aug-10|
|WNBL||West Coast Waves||‘West Coast Waves||0||27-Nov-10|
|WNCL||Western Fury||‘Western Fury||0||16-Aug-10|
|WNCL||Western Fury||‘Western Fury||0||27-Nov-10|
|Women’s World Cup Soccer||Matildas||Matildas||16||1-Jul-10|
|Women’s World Cup Soccer||Matildas||Matildas||16||27-Nov-10|