Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Google and Twitter at war over GreyCup winner

Hamilton Tiger-Cats kick returner and receiver Brandon Banks. Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

 MetroDespite the reams of data they collect from their users, Google and Twitter can’t seem to agree on who will win this year’s Grey Cup.

With two days to go before Sunday’s game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Calgary Stampeders, the tech titans are split on which team will take home the trophy.

Twitter has partnered with the Canadian Football League to give users a custom Grey Cup voting app.

At press time, Twitter users were leaning towards the Stampeders. It’s a tight race, however, with Calgary leading 52 per cent to 48 per cent.

Over at Google, an equally slim majority of users are searching for the Ticats.

“They’re basically in a dead heat,” said Google Canada spokesperson Aaron Brindle.

Brindle attributes Hamilton’s slight lead in searches to Sunday’s semi-final victory against the Montreal Alouettes. The clash featured some pre-game trash talk from Montreal players and a standout performance by Ticats’ receiver Brandon Banks.

“That was a really exciting game,” Brindle said. “And when you see those kinds of dramatic moments, that’s what draws people online.”

The CFL has vowed to make this year’s Grey Cup “the most social ever,” and is offering fans new ways to join the online conversation. Twitter users can follow the action on the #GreyCup hashtag, and there’s a “tweet-up” party scheduled Saturday in Vancouver featuring the league’s most prolific tweeters.

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