I’m wondering if we could get FIRST more “on the map” and help spread the word of FIRST by having a concerted effort on KickOff Day to generate some social media buzz around the NASA telecast. Looking at Twitter, for example, the top “Tweet” at this moment in time has 746 tweets. I’m assuming FIRST will be putting out a tweet on kick off day, and if we had, say 1000 (or many more) retweets of it, we’d be on or close to the top.
Similarly, if a bunch of us all Googled/ASKed/BINGed “What is FIRST” or something similar on kickoff morning, we potentially could get a meme started. And, if enough of us changed our Facebook status on the morning of Kickoff to “watching the NASA Telecast of the FIRST Robotics Challenge” or something similar/better, it might register…
If this were to work, we’d have to have enough people on enough teams all encouraging every one of their teammates to participate in order to get the numbers needed to make something happen. Could be interesting! After all, we made Barbie a computer engineer!
The twitter hashtag that we used last year was #omgkickoff. Even with a lot of us tweeting like crazy, IIRC it didn’t make much of an impact, but it was interesting to see all of the tweets afterwards.
I’ve actually decided to stick to the #omgrobots tag for kickoff this year and hope to be livetweeting over at @j_boucher.
Twitter is an interesting being, and I enjoy watching the evolution of the hashtag. Both #FRC and #FIRST are too overrun with other traffic, hence why #omgkickoff (and later #omgrobots) took off. Since the popularity of #omgrobots has spread enough into non-FRC areas, it’s more impactful than changing it back for kickoff.
BTW, for those of you coming to Manchester to kickoff, the official hashtag for the city is #MHT (after the airport code). It’s another case of overrun hashtags elsewhere, as #Manchester is primarily associated with Manchester, UK, #manchesternh is too many characters to be useful, #manchattan never took off and #manchvegas is just silly.
disclaimer - all I know of twitter algorithm is one article’s worth
The Twitter trends algorithm works by comparing past to recent activity, that is to make it on the front page you’d have to generate more present activity compared to past activity on the tags. So I guess having a new tag has a higher chance of making it to the trends on the front page.
I’ll join in to whatever tag is decided upon ^^. Would love to see more mainstream interest in FIRST
#omgrobots, while it’s pretty much the unofficial “official” FIRST hashtag, has been in use throughout the year. I think using a separate tag, even if it’s #omgkickoff, would have a better chance of landing the Trending status, especially if it was never Trending anyway.
I also think we should make a concerted effort to retweet a tweet, and get as many FIRST members and supporters to retweet it as possible. TopTweets is a semi-automatic account from Twitter that retweets some of the most popular tweets happening at the current time. I’m not sure of the algorithm used to choose certain tweets, though, so there’s a chance this may or may not work. But the exposure of the tweet to everyone’s followers would at least be a positive.
Basically… you would all have to tweet about that topic at the exact same time… ie. 9:01AM EST of Kickoff.
As for ‘tricking’ Google into making it something that appears on Google Instant… It’s pretty unlikely considering the volume that they receive, and if you set up a bot to just have it search over and over, it’s very likely Google will just start to ignore searches that you do as it pertains to Google Instant Rankings.
If you live in the CT area you know about Channel 3 and Scott Haney. He’s our morning weatherman and does a lot of announcements for community stuff etc. I’m planning on sending him an e-mail close to kick-off to get him to just send a good luck to all the teams etc. Another little thing to get FIRST our there, even with the non techy people.
Twitter search showed #omgfirst and #omgfrc have zero results.
#omgfrc would be a better option, since this will be for the FRC Kickoff event. Perhaps kickoff tweets can be tagged with both #omgrobots and #omgfrc for greater chance of being retweeted due to the semi-official status of #omgrobots.