If you’re on Twitter, you’ve probably come across the Edmonton Stories Twitter Indy Contest. If you’re not, this is as good a reason as any to join! All you have to do is tweet your Edmonton Story and use the #yegmoment hashtag, and you could win a lap around the track!
Two lucky winners will ride with an Indy Racing League licensed driver as they make a lap around the track, experiencing the speed, thrills, turns and straight-aways firsthand. Each winner will also receive a double guest pass to the Edmonton Indy.
Your tweet should describe a moment that captures why Edmonton is special to you and explain what that moment said to you about our city.
You can see an updated list of entries here. Be creative!
I’m writing about this for two reasons. First, because I’m one of the three judges for the contest, along with iNews880’s Brittney Le Blanc and the Edmonton Journal’s Paula Simons. We have the challenge of going through all the tweets to pick two winners! Second, because I think this is a great use of social media. EdmontonStories.ca has been active on Twitter, tweeting about the city and the stories that citizens have submitted. They could easily have stopped there, but they didn’t. That’s what I like about this contest – they found a way to use Twitter effectively for more than just broadcasting.
The deadline to enter is tonight at 11:59 PM MDT. You can enter as many times as you like, so get tweeting! Full rules and regulations are here in PDF. The Rexall Edmonton Indy starts Friday and runs through Sunday.
UPDATE: The winners have been announced! Congrats to @prairiepaperie and @livingsanctuary!
Here are a few interesting video-related posts I have come across in the last day or so:
Vlog Blind Date
This is a really funny and well done video featuring Justine Ezarik. She goes on a blind date with…it’s a surprise! You have to watch to find out. The video was made to promote JumpCut from the looks of things (and with their help, evidently).
The mesh Video Contest
Want to go to mesh for free? Have a talent for creating great video? Then this contest is for you! All you’ve got to do is submit a video that captures the essence of Web 2.0 – “whatever that means to you.” If you win, you get flown to Toronto for free, with the hotel and conference tickets all taken care of. It’s a pretty sweet deal.
Comparing “Soar” and “Wow”
In this post, Long Zheng takes a look at two commercials: one for Windows XP, and one for Windows Vista. It’s quite amazing how different they are. While both are good, I think the Windows XP one is better.
I stumbled across this German website a few days ago that had run a contest to design a podcasting logo. The winning graphic is pretty cool (shown to the right) so I think I will start using it for my podcasting-related posts. The graphic is released under a Creative Commons license. Here’s some of the story:
I am a German podcaster and I thought it would be fun to tell the world about our hobby. I thought about wearing a little badge (those are quite popular right now here in Europe) as a conversation-starter. I contacted Apple and they told me that their podcast-logo was under a copyright so I couldn’t use it. After I told my 8000 listeners about this idea, 94 of them came up with nice little logos.
You can also buy pins, shirts, and sweaters from the website all featuring this new graphic.
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