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Badges and Other Stupid Incentives

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:

  • “Most Popular” when you have more friends than any of your current friends
  • “Photogenic” when you have uploaded 25 or more profile photos
  • “Gamer” when you play 5 or more games through third-party Facebook apps
  • “Paparazzi” when you have subscribed to 20 or more celebrity pages
  • “Addict” when you post 10 or more status updates a day

Twitter Achievement Ideas:

  • “Goose Egg” when you haven’t tweeted for 7 or more days in a row
  • “Tweetaholic” when you tweet 10 or more times a day
  • “Cheaterhead” when you use a third-party app (like HootSuite) to tweet
  • “Big Bird” when you have 500 or more followers

Pinterest Icon Ideas:

  • “Stylin” when 50 people repin your fashion idea
  • “Chatter” when you leave 25 comments on other photos
  • “Corked” when you start your 15th board
  • “Pintastic” when you pin your 100th pin

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.


2 comments on “Badges and Other Stupid Incentives

  1. Lara Britt

    And see there, I’m badge-ambivalent. I love the thought when gifted by a real fan or fellow blogger. But I have banished my awards to the virtual trophy wall of my FaceBook authors page (admittedly it is something to do with messing up my minimalistic color scheme as well as a great way to keep tabs on who gifted to me and who I gifted to). You guessed it, JV. You are about to receive you nomination for Versatile Blogger. Go forth to the official Lara Britt FaceBook fan page, check the photo albums for the trophy wall, and see the official gifting message with your name on it. Oh happy day!

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