In case you are stuck at work today and destined to follow the match with score updates on the web, all is not lost. A new website, soch.la, that claims to be the world’s first social cricket platform, is giving cricket fans a reason to rejoice. Besides offering score updates, the website also enables users to share comments, opinions and converse on the game, ball-by-ball.
Founded by three friends, Pradeep Chopra, Kapil Nakra and Manas Garg, all IIT Delhi alumni, the website allows friends from across the globe to share the moment virtually. “We started working on it around the end of January,” says 33-year-old Chopra. “The idea was to put social media to some good use with a sport that unites the nation. Cricket is a very social sport, so we thought it would be fun if members could share the game with their friends abroad or those watching it elsewhere,” he adds.
On Wednesday, the newly-launched website saw an 80 per cent growth, boosting its figures to 2,100 members within a month of its launch. “India-Pakistan match was our peak. Besides live comments, people exchanged pictures online to share the revelry with their friends and families,” reveals Chopra. “And the fun didn’t stop after the match. People posted opinions on everything from who should be the man of the match to when Sachin should retire.”
The website can be accessed through Facebook accounts, thereby making it easier for members to connect to fellow netizens.