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Brickfish Contest _ Social Media site report

So, now that the contest is over, it’s interesting to see the viral map of all the activity.

Lots of new sites explored!

I thought I’d type up the list here of sites we posted to, activity per site, and so on.

Most of this list is pretty clear, it will say BF (meaning Brickfish) and then a small number (1-3 usually), that’s the number of times the link was posted from Brickfish to that site or platform. Then a larger number, and that larger number is somewhat mysterious. It has to do with activity levels from that site – could be views as well as votes. Because I believe that if I add up all those larger numbers, it doesn’t equal views exactly, or votes, or the sum of the two. I believe it’s a proportional indication of both view and votes, from that site vs. the total activity.

The complicated part is when the contest was posted to a site, then posted from there to another site. If you look at the map itself you’ll see what I mean.

So, may add/clarify this more as time allows, but wanted to share this in case of interest.

BF – 1 – Instapaper – 4
BF – 1 – Indexor – 21
BF – 1 – Other – 374
(would *reallly* like to know what this is!)
BF – 4 – Facebook – 102 – posted 1 to different Facebook page – 2

BF – 1 – Hi5 – 13 (activity measure)
posted from that Hi5 site as follows:
Hi5 – 1 – MySpace – 29
Hi5 – 1 – LiveJournal – 12
Hi5 – 1 – Xanga – 1

BF – 4 – MySpace – 29 (activity measure)
posted from MySpace as follows:
MySpace – 1 – LiveJournal – 1

BF – 1 – Bebo – 19
BF – 1 – Blogspot – 84
BF – 1 – Twitturls – 4
BF – 1 – Hootsuite – 77
BF – 1 – TypePad – 27
BF – 1 – Email – 1386
BF – 1 – tinyurl – 14
BF – 1 – WordPress – 72
BF – 1 – Tumblr – 101
BF – 1 – Longurl – 8
BF – 1 – LinkedIn – 8
BF – 1 – EfolioMN – 11
BF – 1 – LiveJournal – 15
BF – 1 – Xanga – 2
BF – 1 – Stumbleupon – 4
BF – 1 – mn – 8
BF – 1 – Twitter – 46

If you want to see the other, more viral sites, you can go to the right side bar that says ‘Other Entries’ than below those 4 pics or so, there is a link that says ‘see more.’ That brings you to the whole list. At the very top of that front page of the whole list, there are headers that you can sort by. One of them is ‘Most Viral’. This entry of ours is #21 I believe!

For history on what this was all about, please see the posts tagged as Brickfish. Long story short, my daughter entered in to this contest, and asked for my help. I decided to use the contest as a springboard to implementing more social media for my company, and an impetus to learn more about the functions I had been using. Clarity Solutions did not establish a presence on all these – not MySpace of course. And some of these I didn’t have anything to do with. But the involvement I did have completely met my goals for it!

PS The ‘winners’ haven’t been announced yet. The prizes aren’t that substantial anyway, I was really just interested to see what actions would yield what results, how our efforts compared to others, etc.. And I really appreciate all those of you who helped!!


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Brickfish contest – more on Viral Map (showing social media results)

So, this contest that my daughter entered ends this Wednesday.

I’ve learned a bit about how things work in the Brickfish world. In fact, our entry is still flirting with the top 200, even though it’s getting down to the wire – and there are over 37,000 entries!!!

So, before this all becomes a memory in the constant onrush of today’s technology cascades, just thought I’d write a post collecting all the bits and pieces I’ve learned, especially about the social media map of theirs, in case any of you would like to participate and see how it works.

The map shows sites posted too, and then some measure of activity at each of those sites posted to. So if you want to see how it works for yourself, you could click this link to the contest, then vote (much appreciated), then click on share. You can share it to your WordPress site or to twitter or to any of over 360 other sites (can’t believe how many there are!).

That act of sharing to that other place of yours will cause the map to grow a new limb basically (and will force the print even smaller! Can zoom though, then just have to move the map around to see it all). It doesn’t happen instantly though, has taken a few hours in the past. Now, since it’s in the last few frenetic days of the contest, maybe it will happen faster? Or slower?

And after that, any votes/views from the link you posted will be displayed (proportionally, I’m thinking) in a number by the end of that new limb.

I’m new to the world of social media, but seems an interesting and good way to depict the viral spread of content across all the platforms.

Voting can be done every 12 hours, or 3 hours, or 90 minutes – if you leave the contest open and refresh your browser periodically, every refresh may count as a view, and earlier than you think, you’ll be able to vote again.

I would love to know if you’d like to leave a note as to where you posted it (and will visit any sites/follow/subscribe etc..). Thanks much, and if you have any questions I’ll answer to the best of my abilities!

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Brickfish Social Media: On Top of the World

Brickfish Social Media: On Top of the World.

A fresh, new posting to that social media contest my daughter entered.. and which has been the impetus for lots of new media presence for my consulting company as a result.

Ends Wednesday..


Your votes/ views/ postings much welcome!

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Social Media Experiment log – Day 8 (or so).

First, here’s the Brickfish contest link, which I’m involved in through a family member.

Ok, so last week was frenzy week, establishing web presence right and left, Tweeting and Stumbling and LiveJournaling and everything. Take away: there is a LOT going on in the internets! There are many choices to make and intentionalities to establish. I am excited about the nuances and varieties available for every possible message to every single particular distinct audience. Breathtaking!

Secondly, the contest itself has been like an amusement park ride. I’ve learned a lot through it.

It does provide gratification – when you post to another platform and there are votes – it shows on the viral map! But the gratification is delayed, and is not in a 1:1 correspondence with reality – the numbers for each platform are, I think, a proportion – but am not sure. I’m sure they aren’t votes specifically or views specifically either. So there’s response to action, but also a kind of looseness that makes it even more interesting sort of. I’ve learned about various platforms, and also about the Brickfish contest itself.

Sometimes I’ve learned about Brickfish that there is nothing to ‘learn’ – that sufficient information is not available. And that’s fine.. I would just like to know beyond that point sometimes.. For instance, I’m very curious about ‘other,’ which has aggregated a lot of activity. I first thought that was where sites with less activity were accumulated, but Hi5 and Xanga and MySpace showed up with ‘1’ and ‘2’ and so on. Kind of rules that out. So now I’m wondering – is it sites not based in the US? Non-English-language sites? Some whole other categorization completely? Would love to know..

I like the viral map a lot, but since all of us established it on so many platforms, it got really teensy tiny. And it doesn’t genie! Would be cool if it did the Apple-Dock thing, expanding on mouse-over, then contracting again.

You can expand the whole viral map, which makes it not fit in the window, then you can move the map around to see all of it bit by bit. So that works.

Also the Geo view is very interesting. According to it, all the views from Minnesota (where we’re from) total only about 1/4 of the views of this picture. I find that very surprising – I mean I appreciate everyone’s interest, but really? Just surprises me.

Then the whole mechanics as far as how often it was possible to vote, that’s been provocative. At first it was clearly once every 12 hours per browser/os/computer. Then sometimes the waiting period was 10 hours. Then… sometimes only 3 hours! Sometimes the browser would say ‘you can vote again in 7 hours’ for instance, I’d refresh half an hour later and it would say ‘you can vote in 1 hr’. I don’t know what to make of it! That sort of thing can almost become compelling, in and of itself.

Overall, I have to say it’s been a great fit for my own process, since I have this entity (Clarity Solutions) and my site-members and all, and I’ve been wanting to explore platforms and become more proficient with Hootsuite and all. It’s been Completely Perfect for that process of mine. Like when I was learning a new language, and at that point was working in the suburbs and had an hour-long commute, and so could listen to my language CD the whole time. A perfect fit.

I hope I haven’t been too pushy about it! On the other hand, any views/votes always welcome, and any ideas about further promotions (runs till 2/9) are very welcome! But also about staying this side of excessive..

Win/win is always my goal!

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Contest reminder

And, speaking of social media, my exploration of all of it continues in this frenzied period defined by this contest:

Social Media Photo Contest

It has been an immersion experience that has compelled me to learn a lot and adopt new practices and all of that. Very excellent!

(If you’d like to view/vote again, always welcome! The vote frequency varies it seems.. this site’s link may have a more frequent allowed vote window, or it might relate to time of day or browser or something.  Sometimes can vote as soon as 3 hours after the last time!

WordPress is showing up already in the viral map, can only get better as things progress!)

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Brickfish Social Media: On Top of the World.

So, as I was mentioning yesterday, this link at the top of this post is for the photo that a family member entered in to this contest on Brickfish.

This is a multi-layered reality.

The initial layer is a contest for a scholarship amount or cool camera. We know we’re not likely to win it, but it’s fun trying.

The second layer is this: I’ve been using this interlude as a launching pad to deepen my relationship with various social media platforms, trying to reach out and establish a presence on them as have activity from them. And it’s been greatly successful, and also very fun! You see, there’s a map of the viral activity below the photo itself, so it is all very concrete. Except for the parts that are completely mysterious, like what moves the numbers up exactly, and what is in ‘other’. But, there is concreteness there.

In particular, I celebrate all non-Facebook sites having a strong presence, it relaxes me in the face of all the web=facebook talk.

The third layer of this experience is my relationship to all these different platforms – which will outlive this contest. I know there is a lot out there, and I have been meaning to partake more over time. Suddenly, that time is now! And it’s great, I’m really happy about jump starting my adoption process this way.

So, if you’re so inclined, I’d be delighted if you would view the link and vote if you like (even just viewing is very important), and we can celebrate the WordPress presence (unless it remains shrouded in ‘other’, which would be a shame).


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Hello! Re-starting site w/ Social Media Contest!

Brickfish Whole Story

Hi Everyone!

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!

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