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I was on a train today, and as usual when I'm on a train I did a little bit of thinking.
It was actually sparked off by a meeting I went to a few weeks back, where we were talking about Gamification. Gamification is the art of using gaming techniques to improve performance in business - as an example, in a computer game you may get a reward of some sort (for example an achievement, or better equipment) for completing a particular objective. Whilst the objective may be difficult to achieve, or even boring, the player is spurred on by the game. And gamification looks to apply this theory to work.
One of the people at the meeting mentioned about how essentially we have "gamified" our social media channels - when we put things on Facebook, or Twitter, why have we done it? In many cases, because we want those Likes or Favourites or Retweets or whatever to show that we are popular/funny aka successful.
Of course, the difficulty that occurs all too often is that you can't think of anything interesting to put on Facebook!
So, I had an idea for a book of funny, weird, interesting etc status updates that people could read to enjoy and maybe even to give them ideas for their own status updates.
I'm going to work on writing some up, but there's also an opportunity for you to get involved - maybe you have an idea for a status update to go in the book!
If you would like to submit an update to go in the book, head over to http://thoggy.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-worlds-funniest-social-updates-in.html and fill in the form. Please read the terms & conditions. If you're not happy with the Ts & Cs, don't submit anything! But what I'd like to do is for everyone that gets a status update in the final book (or whatever it is - maybe an eBook, maybe it'll just be a blog post if I can't make enough of them) is put their name in the book, and a link to their blog/website/Twitter.
I'm sure as the days go on the idea will get refined/improved/binned so also feel free to comment or get in touch with your thoughts and ideas!
I look forward to hearing from you!