social media for the socially awkward
There are two types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic. If a person is driven by intrinsic motivation they look inward for drive, inspiration, and desire. If a person leans more towards extrinsic factors, they need to look outward to find their muse. They need to see success in the form of money, fame, etc.
For years video games have offered leaderboards and achievements to entice extrinsically-rewarded players to insert another quarter or sit at the control panel a little longer. I’m not going to lie. I was put on academic probation in college once because of a serious Tetris addiction. I was darned if I was going to let anyone on campus have a higher score!
Well these insidious little achievements have now seeped into our social media. In particular they have fueled my desire to check-in everywhere all the time on FourSquare. Not only have I acquired a few Mayorships, but I have unlocked several badges and am currently number two on the Leaderboard with my friends.
I’d like to add that I would probably be number one if it weren’t for the fact that a certain teacher friend of mine is off for the summer and checks into places a zillion times a day as she wanders about in her copious free time. Totally unfair.
So what’s next? As if the internet and social media weren’t addicting enough, maybe they could be more so? Here are a few suggestions should Mark Zuckerberg and his ilk be reading my blog.
Facebook Badge Ideas:
Twitter Achievement Ideas:
Pinterest Icon Ideas:
What other awards would be fun?
P.S. My next FourSquare goal is “Player Please!”. Mostly because I have no idea how I’m going to get it. The only clue is: “Don’t hate the player. Hate the Game!”. If it requires checking in at night clubs or sporting events, I’m pretty much doomed.