13 Viral Twitter and Flash Games Analyzed!

ThoughtPickers dove into the world of simple viral games – mostly twitter and flash based games –. We played, researched, and investigated (but mostly played ;) ). We used to think that simple games can’t be funny or addictive, but we realized otherwise. We found out that some games are simply brilliant, others have good potential, and some are significantly flawed.

We list them in three categories below.

Brilliant Games

Fast140 - How Fast can you Tweet?

Fast140 - How Fast can you Tweet?

1. Fast 140: Fast 140 measures one’s typing speed. It picks a tweet randomly and asks you to write it as fast as possible. How fast can you type?

Thoughtpickers’ opinion: Try it once, and you will keep on banging your keyboard for better results. It has an addictive and competitive nature. @Fast140 has now 12,066 followers.

Sock and Awe - Bye-bye Bush

Sock and Awe - Bye-bye Bush

2. Sock and Awe: A flash based game that was built on a hot news topic. You just click on your mouse to throw shoes on George Bush.

Thoughtpickers’ opinion: People behind the game were brilliant enough to take advantage of this hot news incident. Today Sock and Awe enjoys around 92 million shoe-click online! It is not surprising to know that Bush’s viral games increased in the run up of Obama’s inauguration.

Queen Rania & Social Media: Tips and Insights

I read an article on TechCrunch about Jordanian Queen Rania’s new twitter account, and it got me interested in knowing how else one can communicate with her majesty through the Web and learn her thoughts and opinions. I was impressed by the modern usage of YouTube and Twitter to publish her views and reciprocate by hearing ours in return, the people who care. But from my modest experience in social media, and my expertise in the Web and technology, I have a few points that I’d like to say out loud concerning the technological side of this enriching experience:

@QueenRania: "As u can c, my 4 yr old beat me at negotiating table re suit, but as trade-off, impeccable behavior! So proud!"

@QueenRania: "As u can c, my 4 yr old beat me at negotiating table re suit, but as trade-off, impeccable behavior! So proud!"

More two-way communication:

More than 700 tweets where sent to @QueenRania’s twitter account within the first 48 hours, but only 3 replies were sent back. I am confident that her majesty must have an extremely busy and highly productive daily schedule and that a large percentage of the tweets are simply comments or just off-topic, but I believe that there were some examples that are attentionworthy. A quick method to read only tweets with desirable keywords is via twitter search (see example). Without two-way communication, the true power of twitter to elevate the collective and argumentative intelligence of people who care is depreciated.
Moreover, as far as the official website is concerned, I am wondering why are the photos and news articles not comments enabled, even if through moderation? Isn’t the main point of a social Internet presence is to listen to the other side?

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