Pickspal, 'an American Idol for sports fans'

Test your sports prescience.

You know, the sports world has made a much smoother transition to the digital age than I'd thought it would. Maybe it was the stereotype lingering in my brain of jocks and wannabe jocks having a disdain for anything nerdy, but I would've thought that sports Web sites and social networks would be slow to get off the ground. Man, was I wrong--just look at fantasy sports, as well as some growing social networks like Takkle. Here's another AlwaysOn attendee, PicksPal, which is a community for people who follow sports so closely that they think they can always predict what'll happen next.

Basically, it's a competitive social networking site. The site is structured like a year-round March Madness, with daily sports prediction contests. Win a lot of them, and you earn points. And PicksPal will track your accuracy--it has prizes and a "Wall of Fame," too. See, predicting the outcome of sports really is a sport itself!

PicksPal even calls itself "an American Idol for sports fans." But then who's the equivalent of William Hung?

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Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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