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UCB/Bonfyre Mashup

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals | United Cardinal Bloggers
If you one of my Twitter followers, 1) I'm sorry and 2) you've probably seen me reference Bonfyre a few times in the last week or so.  Perhaps you missed last winter when I (and the Pitchers Hit Eighth guys) talked about what Bonfyre is and why you should download the free app for your phone.  Let's quickly correct that issue.

If you are on Twitter, you know that it's a lot of fun watching the game with your Twitter peeps, going back and forth and discussing what's going on.  It's like sitting in the seats at Busch, just without the extravagantly priced refreshments and the blazing heat/unseasonable cold.  It's a lot of fun talking ball on Twitter.

Except that you only have 140 characters.  And if you want to follow a line of discussion, you really need a hashtag, which then eats into those 140 characters.  Plus, if you are following a lot of other people, your feed gets mixed in with other baseball talk, other sports issues, perhaps even spoilers for a show you were going to watch after the game instead.  Also, you may follow some people because they are Cards fans or are your friends, but they get a little too worked up about small sample sizes or run too optimistic/pessimistic sometimes for your taste.

That's where Bonfyre comes in.  A bonfyre is like a dedicated chat room, to some degree.  There's no character limits.  You can drop in pictures without a thought or a link.  Plus bonfyres can be invite-only, which means you can determine who gets in and who stays out, which is great for having some like-minded folks talking with you as the game goes along.

Plus, with a bonfyre, the conversation is always there.  For instance, some of us have been using a bonfyre for each Cardinal series.  For the Pittsburgh series, it was created on Sunday night and we started chatting then.  Now, Wednesday afternoon, I can scroll back and watch the whole series unfold via our discussions without having to search or hunt things up.  It's all right there, conveniently at my fingertips.  Which is great, save for when Dennis gives you a mental image you may not want to repeat view......

To help you get a feel for what's going on, I invite you to join our UCB Weekend bonfyre.  You can find the landing page here, which gives you some information and lets you log into Bonfyre or create an account to do so.  UCB Weekend will kick off next Saturday, but we've got discussion about various topics going on in there now.  It's a great way to get your feet wet and see exactly what's going on with the app.  Drop me a friend request when you sign up as well, so you can be invited to bonfyres in the future.

Already a Bonfyre member and want to join in the UCB Weekend fun?  Use this QR code and get straight into the action!

There's no doubt that these bonfyres have added to the enjoyment of watching the Cardinals this season.  I can't recommend enough you downloading the app and trying it out.  Hope to see you in the UCB bonfyre shortly!

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