Apps like Meerkat, Snapchat - they are not networks in the classical sense, but utilities people use when the need arises.That's what we are." Of course, people could use the likes of Facebook to do similar things, but analysts said that the popularity of sport meant that developing a dedicated app was a smart move. The question is is whether they can get traction and build a big enough audience to make it work and come up with a viable business model," Ian Maude, online media analyst at Enders Analysis, told CNBC by phone.
And it's not just sports fans that apps are targeting, but also those who want to play.Teamster is an i OS app also exhibiting at TNW conference connects people who play the same sport.Users are asked to input their sport and skill level."We use a tinder-style swiping," Sam Mc Callum, CEO and co-founder of Teamster, told CNBC, to match users with people who play the same sports at a similar skill level.Ever fancy a beer before a soccer game, or want to play a sport but have nobody to do it with?
Well a bunch of apps are popping up to try and solve this problem, with one even calling itself a "Tinder-style" sports app.Social networking services have exploded over the past couple of years, and as the market becomes more saturated, apps are striving to differentiate their services.From dating sites to social networks for doctors, start-ups have battled to find a niche -- and this is where sports apps are hoping to succeed.Former Merill Lynch trader, Agustin Gonzalez, is the founder of Paranoid Fan, an app that connects you with other fans of your team in the same area.The i OS-only app was officially launched Thursday at The Next Web (TNW) conference in Amsterdam, and Gonzalez is hoping he can differentiate his product from traditional social media sites like Facebook."When we think of social networks, we think they are static -- about status updates, about pictures -- and so the communication is static," Gonzalez told CNBC.