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[liberationtech] New, Free Gamification Web App for Liberationtech Subscribers!

Ryan Chin ryanachin at gmail.com
Thu Jul 19 13:05:05 PDT 2012


Hi All!

Earlier today I sent this offer out to the Progressive Exchange (PX)
listserv and I was told that it would probably be of interest
to Liberationtech members, also, so I'm extending the offer.

We have a new web app that we've just built called Buzzflock, and we'd like
to offer it for free to interested Liberationtech for six months (for a
limited time)!  The purpose of the app is to make it fun (and competitive)
to support your favorite non-profits (and causes) by earning points for
helping them.

Interested Liberationtech members would get their own community (we call
them "Buzzflocks") which you invite supporters to join.

>From there, Buzzflock owners create ways for users to earn points, such as:

   - referring donors,
   - reading news/announcements posted on the Buzzflock,
   - attracting new Buzzflock users,
   - referring other readers,
   - providing feedback/input,
   - or referring event registrants (free events only at this time)

The actions which receive points, the amount of points, and duration which
users can earn points is all set by the Buzzflock owner and users are
automatically notified via email (based on their settings) when new earning
opportunities are posted.  In addition, Buzzflock owners can give badges
automatically when users reach designated point levels, or manually
whenever they feel like it.

Although points and badges have no intrinsic value, they're used to
motivate your users via leaderboards.  Also, Buzzflock owners are allowed
to award prizes to people who earn points - either through raffles (points
= entries) or the users who earn the most points for designated earning
opportunities.  So for example, if you want to offer some t-shirts, books,
memberships to winners, it's a low cost way of providing further motivation.

The app is a software as a service with no contracts and we've tried to
make prices as affordable as possible (based on Buzzflock users) - this is
very different than the other gamification options out there where you need
to sign a contract, the rates are not publicly displayed, and you're
talking thousands per month at a minimum.

The reason I'm offered it to PX'ers is because the idea came from a post a
few years ago where someone asked what tools are available which could help
motivate supporters to recruit more members.  No responses ever came, so I
started thinking what kind of tool might be able to do such a thing, and
what other things non-profits could use to help with.  After a lot of hard
work and thinking, this is the result.  I wanted to present this offer to
this list because I know our progressive non-profits, campaigns, and causes
can benefit - especially with this being a big election year and so many
big issues on the line.

To learn more about the app, you can visit buzzflock.com, as well as a
couple of staging sites we've set-up,foofoo.buzzflock.com (non-profit
example) and joethepolitician.buzzflock.com (political/campaign example).
 If you're interested in using it for free for six months, please visit
buzzflock.com/flocks/px!

Thanks,
Ryan
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