Twitter pals had fun in March 2010 getting an anipal to number one in an online contest at one of the voting walls for faxo.com.
For Best of Twitter the winner was @MattieDog by a landslide. He promised stuff for your vote like genuine knockoff bacon beer, tickets to go bowling, and other smooth lies that you might expect from a real politician. Congrats, Mattie!
At the end on March 31st, out of the top 25 he was #1 and the ONLY pawpal in that group. In April the Twitter critter corner came out in droves in a winner take all free for all lusting for a top spot in the online poll. March madness to get Mattie a win became all out bedlam in April.
With less than a week left in the contest the TOP 50 for Best of Twitter were ALL animals.
As a result of all that fun turning to stress, I decided I would no longer participate and tweeted my “Down with the Wall” sermon. You are welcome to use that and these other tweets for your followers if you regret being involved. Copy/paste these to tweet:
“Down with the Wall” sermon: I decided to stop visits to enter or vote on the wall.
Wall voting 10 min/day is 60 hrs/year. Time better spent: [fill in the blank]
VOTE at the wall for 1 minute and just 10 times a day? In 10 years you waste 25 days.
10 minutes a day voting is 60 hours per year or a 10 day vacation if you work 40 hours.
Want out? Follow @VoteWall. They follow back. DM them to be taken off the wall. Voila.
To my surprise you do not have to enter to be in the contest. I first discovered my spot on page 12, or the top 300 out of over 600 contestants, because a friend tweeted that they had voted for ME, and I never chose to be there.
The system allows you to vote again every 20 minutes for as many entrants as you want. Thus, vote for yourself, and you could return once their timer expired in 20 minutes to vote again, and again, and again. At last check I was in the Top 100.
The ego inflation and voting frenzy did get out of hand. Imagine pressuring yourself to vote every 20 minutes. Yikes. Some people did. As a result, claims of voting fraud, vote bots, and worse got tweeted back and forth. Early on in April that Twitter vote wall just for fun became a battleground. Catfight. Dogfight. Cat-dogfight.
Read that last tweet suggestion again. You can easily be removed from the wall contests if you notice people voting for you. Defining time better spent means feeding ME (treats) not the ego.