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If you’ve been following along the #SMEM hashtag since Friday, you probably know by now that our community of people interested in social media’s impact on emergency management (#SMEM) conducted on online social media exercise about “Crowdsourcing.”

Crowdsourcing is essentially giving a problem to the community and asking them to creatively influence or solve the problems. In #SMEMWater, participants were asked to creatively consider ways to bless Charity:Water which is a non-profit agency that seeks to improve drinking water around the world.

And, in the course of one hour, 52 total players came up with 34 different ways in which they could share information and take supportive action in support of this charity. Here is a list of the actions that were completed:

  1. Shared information with their Twitter followers that #SMEMWater was underway
  2. “Liked” the charity on Facebook
  3. Donated cash to the charity
  4. Asked for cash donations from their followers
  5. Subscribed to the charity’s YouTube Channel
  6. Shared information about the charity on Google+
  7. Posted the charity’s videos on Facebook
  8. Followed the charity on Twitter
  9. Voted for the charity in the Crunchies Awards
  10. Asked their Twitter followers to re-share the information through “retweets”
  11. Provided educational information about water scarcity
  12. Played Charitii (an online game) to raise money indirectly for the charity
  13. Created YouTube videos
  14. Shared videos across several social media platforms
  15. Included the charity in #FollowFriday shout-outs to enhance its visibility on Twitter
  16. Shared requests for volunteers from the charity
  17. Recommended the charity to their Facebook friends
  18. Placed banners on blogs in support of the charity
  19. Took water-related pictures
  20. Asked celebrities to support the campaign
  21. Shared information in different languages
  22. Used email to share information with coworkers
  23. Checked out the charity on FourSquare (a geolocation social network)
  24. Changed their backgrounds on Twitter
  25. Created a daily paper about the charity
  26. Shared information about the Great Cracker Challenge (okay, maybe this was a stretch)
  27. Subscribed to the charity’s blog
  28. Shared gift ideas from the charity
  29. Identified 4 things people could do to help
  30. Talked to coworkers in person about the charity
  31. Commented on news articles about the charity
  32. Downloaded posters for teachers
  33. Posted the charity to Pinterest
  34. Shared the WHO Report on drinking water nationally

I wasn’t entirely sure how many actions could be taken by a group of people, but at the end of this game, 959.5 points were awarded to the players.  107 of those points were “referral bonus points” for people who took action and credited someone else along the way.

The top 12 players in this game deserve a round of applause for their creativity, strategy and thoughtfulness in how they played this game.  Here is the list of the top 12 participants:

  1. @GetMeOutNews = 107 points
  2. @kazimirmalevich = 91 points
  3. @mm4marketing = 89.5 points
  4. @911ICS = 82 points
  5. @joannalane = 81 points
  6. @cfeaap = 46 points
  7. @thefiretracker2 = 45 points
  8. @sct_r = 44.5 points
  9. @pyramiddig = 44 points
  10. @kathyoly = 43 points
  11. @patricecloutier = 42 points
  12. @schlepp = 38 points

If you are interested in where you ranked in this exercise, please feel free to check out the Google document that I used to track and sort the overall scores.  This illustrates everyone’s play and hopefully the way the points were awarded is clear.  When you see “6″ points in a column, that means that it was the first time that activity was called out on Twitter which was the creativity bonus.

Thanks again for playing in #SMEMWater…..I’m not quite done talking about my observations about this drill, but I am done for tonight!  It’s amazing how your night can slip away when you attempt to cook some gumbo, right?

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