3nil up – and running with football on the web

An aggregator website,, has been launched to bring together links to each day’s best football-based content on the web.

3nil links to the popular independent blogs such as Caughtoffside and the back-up-and-running WhoAteAllThePies, supplemented with RSS feeds of the news that Fleet Street has to offer each day, plus links to football clips on YouTube and elsewhere.

Users are encouraged to vote on the links, so that – as with popular general aggregators such as reddit and digg – the posts can be ranked each day. The stories can also be discussed among users.

The site has been launched by Stewart Jackson, a former backbencher on the Daily Telegraph sportsdesk, and Innes Ballantyne, who has more than 10 years’ experience in new media production at the BBC, CompuServe and NTL.

Membership of 3nil is free, and football bloggers are encouraged to join to ensure they can post links to their content each time it is updated.

Ballantyne said: “There didn’t seem to be site that collated all the best blogs and off-the-wall football-related content in one place. Our site will provide a much-needed service firstly to web-savvy football fans who need a one-stop shop to find the best content to interest and/or amuse them on a daily basis – but also to the bloggers themselves.

“If bloggers post a link to their blog and it’s good enough to attract votes from our users, they’ll be top of the pile on our daily or weekly chart.”

Jackson added: “We’ve been in touch with most of the leading independent blog sites, and the response has been fantastic – they like the idea and are keen to contribute.”

There are plans to add more features to the site as it grows, with a automated club-based search facility among the additions being tested.

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