Brickfish Whole Story
My name is Claire Stokes, and I’m the sole proprietor of Clarity Solutions, an accounting services firm. I have a lot to say about what I do and all that I think about accounting, but am going to leave that for another day. Today, I’d like to invite you to join in a social media interlude that I’m engaging in.
Someone in my family recently happened across this contest on Brickfish. There are multiple levels to this thing, which I’m going to describe. Please ask if this isn’t clear!
If her photo gets to within the top 200 rankings (she’s within 300 now), she has a chance to win a camera and a small scholarship amount. The winner is chosen by Brickfish, there’s no linear way to make sure she’s chosen. So, that part is fun, but not something we have much control over.
The other part though is that, if you go there and scroll down, there is a ‘viral map’ – something which Brickfish apparently has a patent pending for. Here’s what they say about it: This map shows the number of people viewing this content on websites other than Brickfish. Once this entry has been posted and viewed on another website, the map activates for that site. (There’s also a fun geographic view).
Right now, here are the number of viewers per some of the sites (and where they were yesterday):
Email 670 (was 602)
Facebook 22 (was 15)
Hootsuite 18 (was 8)
Tumblr 14 (was not listed)
Myspace 12 (was 12)
efoliomn 11 (was 11)
Other 10 (was 4)
Longurl 8 (was not listed)
LinkedIn 3 (was not listed)
Twitter 2 (was not listed)
Twitturls 2 (was not listed)
This post here contains a link to the contest, also I’ll post to here from the contest possibly as well. Following that, WordPress activity could generate its own dot!
What I’ve been getting excited about is a contest-within-the-contest: a battle of social media platforms (terminology corrections welcome) as far as viral activity and whatnot.
I’m not the biggest fan in the world of how much Facebook is trying to ‘be’ the web. I’d like for the web to be lots of things, including but not limited to Facebook.. forever. So I would love to see Hootsuite and Twitter and Tumblr and LinkedIn and maybe even late-to-the-dance WordPress all show up on that map, all with *bigger* numbers than Facebook!
If you’re game, I’d love your help! If you’ll view the page, that will make the map change. Voting is fine too, since that’s also there as an option. (The ranking and the ‘warm’ setting etc.. is probably just based on viewing we think, so that’s almost more important than voting even for the main contest). Then if you were even willing to re-post this, that would help boost your platform of choice in the viral part of the contest, too! That’s the other really interesting part, to me..
This contest actually goes till Feb 9, so lots of time yet for that whole viral thing to progress the way it does.
So, that’s the basic story. If you have any questions, please let me know. Also, and I really mean this, if you have any advice, I’d really like to learn about all this as part of this process too.
Oh, and here’s link to the contest: http://ow.ly/3Gn6O
Also, with twitter format being what it is, each message sent that way contains limited info only. Also, Tumblr posts are not usually all that long (this is the longest I’ll post here). But Facebook has the Notes feature, which has extensive capacity, and then only shows up like a normal-sized item in the feed. So I’ve posted a complete list of tweets/messages once so far, for better clarity, may update as well.
Here are those other pages:
FB Clarity Solutions site (more Site-Members always welcome): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clarity-Solutions/386518234391
FB note on this contest with early tweets/messages: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150130921167502
Tumblr Clarity Solutions page: http://claritysoln.tumblr.com/
In any case, that’s the scoop on what all this is about. Hope it makes sense (please let me know if it doesn’t) and would be delighted to see David win over Goliath One More Time!