Blowing Bubbles editor David Blackmore caught up with Geo Mackie, aka Redhammer, one of the admin from West Ham website Hammers Chat.
Why did you decide to launch Hammers Chat?
Kris, aka Gonzo, created Hammers Chat aft er the West Ham forum he had been using since 2007 started to encounter major glitches and then in November 2014, started charging users. He watched a couple of YouTube tutorials on how to build a forum and spent the best part of a week trying to do just that. Th e rest is history and over the next 48 hours we had a lot of members sign up .
We then continued to develop the site, asked for lots of opinions, and leaned heavily on forum members with more technical knowledge than myself. We were winging it but it has been a surprising, fun and unexpected journey
What has the feedback been to Hammers Chat?
It’s been very good. Everyone that knows our story is surprised how far we have came. Just the other week, for example, we had Jack and Dave Sullivan on our new YouTube show! Our members have been very patient as we have tried a lot of things out while the forum was being used daily.
Where do you want Hammers Chat to be in the next few years?
It is growing slowly and hopefully it will continue to grow. We are still learning and hopefully we can continue to improve the forum and the services we off er to our members. Ideally we’d like more members to become hands on by looking aft er a feature or writing articles for us.
Who would you love to have on your YouTube show – ‘Talk A Good Game’?
We have been in touch with some former players and hopefully the members will enjoy some of the shows with them in the near future. We’d love to have a chat with Sam Allardyce but out of the current squad, it would be great to chat with Mr West Ham, Mark Noble.
How can members get involved?
We are on Twitter (@ hammers_chat) and Facebook (facebook. com/hammerschat). People can also access the blogs and forum via our website at hammerschat.com. Members can join the forum for free. If they wish to help out on the site they can drop us a message or on social media. People can also get involved with our YouTube show, all that is required is a webcam. It is growing slowly and hopefully it will continue to grow. We are still learning and hopefully we can continue to improve the forum and the services we off er to our members. Ideally we’d like more members to become hands on by looking aft er a feature or writing articles for us.