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How to get more votes on Tallenge : 101

You are really excited to participate in a contest in Tallenge. You have created an excellent entry and are ready to upload it. In this blog we highlight the first few steps you can take to ensure that your entry best utilizes your social networks and helps your entry get off to a flying start.

[Before getting started on these steps, make sure you have the link/URL to your entry that Tallenge provides you because that’s what you will need to have people visit your entry and vote for you.]

1. Flaunt it on Facebook: Rake in the votes by posting your entry as your status update on Facebook. Besides providing you with an excellent connectivity platform, you finally are putting that huge friends’ list to good use.

2. Tweet it some: Tweet your entry out at regular intervals to ensure that your followers on Twitter vote for your entry. Make sure that the messaging of the tweet does not remain the same throughout though. Play around with words.

3. Sneak them a peek on YouTube: Consider uploading a short teaser of your content video on YouTube. It makes for a good way to pique curiosity as well as gets the attention of your channel’s subscribers. You can provide the link to your entry on Tallenge in the description and encourage your YouTube viewers to vote for you on Tallenge.

4. Link it on LinkedIn: If you are active on LinkedIn then you should post your entry on LinkedIn. You can also paste the badge if you write any articles on LinkedIn to encourage people to vote for you.

5. Add the +1’s: Post your entry to your circles on Google+. Remember that the more people who see it, the more will vote for it. Make sure that friends of the people you have in your circle can also see the content and vote for it.

6. Tumble your entry: Tumblr is a one-stop solution for all kinds of artistic displays, put up your entry on your Tumblr account. You can also embed your entry into one of your microblogs and encourage your friends to embed the entry in their blogs as well.

7. Pin the entry on the board: Pinterest provides an excellent medium to share your entry from Tallenge. Upload your entry with an interesting artwork and pin your entry on Pinterest under the relevant category board. The combination of excellent visual cues should spur your viewers to vote for you. Ensure that your pinboard is interesting and has multiple pins along the same line of thought as the entry itself.

8. Blog about your entry: Whether you are on Blogger on WordPress or run your own website; whip up an interesting anecdote around your entry and blog it to the masses. You can either embed your entry in the blog or you can just provide the URL with a snapshot to make the blog seem more interesting and give the readers a teaser.

9. Badge it!: You can pin the badge of your entry on your Facebook profile, on your blog and even on your Twitter background. Badges make for excellent visual cues to pick from. Add to that the cool-association-factor and you’re all set to get the votes pouring in. Also encourage your friends to put the badge up on their blogs as well.

This is just a brief once-over on how to start with popularizing your entry on Tallenge. We will have more of these articles coming up soon to help you ‘go viral’ with your content on Tallenge and rope in the votes. Till then keep uploading and inviting. The more, the merrier, aren’t we all?

Ayesha
– Tiny Tallenger

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Kick your way to luck

What marks the difference between just another talented person and a superstar? Effort and just that tiny bit of luck that gives one the ‘kick’ to move ahead on to the fast track.

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That seems to be the story of the newest viral sensation Havard Rugland, who is now claiming his career with the NFL alongside the success of his Youtube video ‘Kickalicious’. With a very European football style, our man has gone a long way ow

ing to the success of his video which went viral after he posted in September 2012. The video has been receiving a great response from different team managers across the US since this December.

The 27 year old kicker is now on his way to the NFL tryouts for the Jets. The video was a result of a brainstorm after his home soccer club disbanded. With two of his brothers and a friend, the video was made in five days and hit 500,000 views in its first few weeks. His journey to New York provides a blueprint of sorts for anyone looking to turn a homemade video into a global hit.

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Homemade videos of this sort exhibiting ones talent have been a rage on youtube, proving to be a lucrative chance to build a career for a whole bunch of today’s superstars. ‘Amateur is the new pro’. Everyone’s on a hunt for fresh talent and fresher faces. It’s a vicious cycle of talent drives virality which drives talent in return. So where are we today?

In a space where you don’t need to know the ins and outs of everything regarding your field of interest but can squarely go ahead and dabble with the little you know. If you’re good with your talent and if you portray it the right way, you just might be the next big superstar moving on to the race to be a global phenomenon.

Our next blog will tell you how you can jazz up your entry to make it more noticeable and memorable. Till then, keep creating for the world is full of opportunities. Or well, atleast the internet is!Come up with creative videos or images of your talent. Write up a blizzard if you love to write. Create good content that is interesting and has a touch of unique quirk that screams out your personality. And you’re good to go. That’s what we offer you on Tallenge. A chance to be a winner, who’s on the way to Fame, Fortune and Glory.

– Ayesha

Tiny Tallenger

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Be’Witching Trick Or Tweet

Three weeks to Halloween and I can feel the chill and the treat-mania penetrating into my bones. For all those of you who have not yet come up with a costume, Tallenge is putting forth the top 5 internet muses this year for a truly spooktacular Halloween.

5. Nyan Cat costume: Absolutely annoying and quite simple, this 8-bit video of a cat with a pop tart for its body and with a rainbow coming out of its behind, went viral literally overnight. Easy to dress, easy to please.

4. Sophia Grace Brownlee: If you like princess costumes and you like to rap, then Sophia Grace Brownlee is the perfect thing to go as this Halloween.  Sophia Grace Brownlee is the little 8-year old that went viral for rapping ‘Super Bass’ by Nicki Minaj.

3. Rebecca Black: There’s something awesome about being able to identify yourself as ‘Black. Rebecca Black” when asked to identify yourself on Halloween (very Morticia Addams). For those of you who don’t know her, she is the most popular ‘new’ star. This 13 year old gave a new meaning to ‘Friday’. Love her, hate her but you cannot ignore her.

2. Game of Thrones costumes: There’s no denying that Game of Thrones came to be the biggest television sensation off late. It has also stamped its presence on the internet. Whether you choose to be Khal Drogo, the wife Khaleesi, the clever li’l ‘Imp’ or evil Queen Cersei, you will cast a spell on all around you. Psst, winter is coming!

 

1. Oppa Gangnam Style! : The ‘invisible horse dance’ has done it; this song has been the most recent sensation on the internet.  Make this Halloween groove for you Gangnam style. After all who has ever been able to say no to a man in a tux? Or even better a woman?

Tallenge has something to offer you, Halloween style. Post a picture of yourself on Twitter wearing your Halloween costume and tag it with our handle @Tallenge. The most popular/creative costume will win Tallenge goodies!

Trick or Treat doesn’t get better than this. Get your spook on and surprise us at the Tallenge Spookathon. It’s not about who you are. You’re what you wear!

– Ayesha

Tiny Tallenger

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Show off your short story

When asked what makes a short story so special, most authors would mention the simplicity and directness of plot. Joseph O’Connor sums it up well – “A good short story is almost always about a moment of profound realization. Or a hint of that. A quiet bomb.”

Over time I realized that a short story has to be a ‘packaged reading delight’. Small nuances make the difference; such as creating a comfortable ambiance on your page would make readers rate you higher. Pay attention to the backdrop, the font and the color combinations to ensure they’re easy on the eyes. Also maintain a frequency of writing; it increases and retains readers. Try putting up an image of yourself (the author) on your blog/page which suits the general voice of your stories. It makes your readers think of you as someone they would bond with over coffee.

You can try using tools to market and make sure that your page/blog stays in line with what readers want. CreateSpace provides an excellent platform where you can upload your work and get feedback on it, customize publishing and eBook distribution and market it as per your convenience.  You can use Duotroupe as well, to keep updated about the markets, preferences, deadlines and events revolving around short stories.

Short stories form a very competitive field of literature. Most short story competitions are easy to participate in, the contests are handled online entirely and the prize is quite bountiful. Listings for all contests can be found on BookTrust, which also provides you with its own upload library as well as feedback from recognized authors.

If you want to be the next Miroslav Penkov (2012 BBCISSA winner), get started writing and posting. It’s ‘East meets West’ today, but soon it could be your short story that walks away with the grand prize.

Tweet me your comments @tallenge

– Ayesha
Tiny Tallenger

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Twitterature – Classics In Under 140 Characters!

If you’re one of the people who find novels and classics boring, we have just the thing for you – Twitterature. A narrative form paying tribute to brevity and talent using social media as a portal for readership.

Two teenagers from the University of Chicago undergrads Emmet Rensin and Alexander Aciman came up with their own means of celebrating 80-odd classics by abridging and parodying them in 20 tweets each. The result is a book published by Penguin, titled Twitterature. And how does Shakespeare’s Hamlet sound in it? – “Ophelia just pulled a Virginia Woolf. Funeral is on the morrow.”

It is a very different take to the perspective with which we would tend to read, say, Oedipus the King. The 140-character limit has transformed writing and penmanship. Never before was a novel condensed to 20 tweets using current day lingo. Authors such as Arjun Basu, who has written over 1,000 twisters, and  VeryShortStory have managed to capture and hold the interest of avid Tweeps who now no longer need to go through the cumbersome process of reading the entire book but finish a short story in the blink of an eye.

A lot of new websites seem to have taken it upon themselves to ensure that this transformation in literature rendition continues. Storify is one such example. It creates a simple editors board on which you pick out a theme or an event, write out your tweets and establish a plot. Editing is a piece of cake and you can add pictures and videos. And voila, you have a story that is interactive and the length of which no longer bores the readers. The story is time efficient and so very precise in what it chooses to convey.

Guess what’s the newest bit of literature to turn into Twitterature – it’s poetry! Lyricism, rhyme and rhythm captured in 140 characters, details of which I shall discuss in my next post. Sounds challenging? Turn to TwitLit, all ye writers of lore.

Tweet me your comments @tallenge

– Ayesha
Tiny Tallenger

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Gaming – The New Spectator Sport

Competitive gaming has been on the rise and shows no signs of plateauing. The 208 billion dollar industry has now broadened to provide forums to turn E-sport into a spectator sport. Spectator mode viewership is extremely popular for games like League of Legends, God Of War and StarCraft. Players are able to view their game, after or while playing it, with their contenders and can share the video with other gamers or friends for viewing. A few sites have also begun live streaming of such videos.

Twitch TV seems to have hit an all time high with the gamers. Barely a year old, the website already has more than 17 million viewers, most of them being gamers who want to broadcast their skills to the world. Blowing all domestic conceptions to smithereens, Twitch TV with Alienware has now launched gaming scholarships. Should one expect a radical paradigm shift and parents to come up to their children and tell them to game more often? God bless liberty, I sure hope this happens.

The success of Twitch.TV, Gamestreams, WeGame and the like is dependant mainly on the rising interest viewers have to see the videos uploaded by professional gamers. Some do it to pick up tips and knacks; others do it for the sheer visual pleasure of the combination of fantastic graphics and skill and watching a game guru in action.

So what does one want out of gaming? When asked of gaming legends like Peter Ludlow and Billy Mitchell, the answer is simple. Gamers want fame and recognition. Off late gaming seems to have become a mainstream competitive talent category. Gaming is being explored as a means to earn a living. It has transgressed to a way of life, it’s taken over, shoved and fought for its own niche and now, it is fast becoming an exciting profession of our age. And that is what we shall run through in my next post.

If you are a Twitch.TV fan, or a gamer, take a moment and post your opinion. Also, do share this blog with your gamer friends. Peace.

-Ayesha
Tiny Tallenger

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