web technology is a way of life
A few years ago after I started at iris NY I started working on a way to reward the developers on my team based on bugs they closed. I didn’t want it to be simply based on just closing a bug but to take into account things like the time between the open date/time and closing date/time, comments and other useful data. Thus, at the core was the data engine which converted the input into rewards.
We switched bug tracking systems and client work took highest priority thus the project slipped to the back burner, with a few occasional updates but nothing that stood out. Then last year after chatting with Daag, my backend team lead, we discussed ways to resurrect the system and make it do something new and interesting.
So we took the base system which was slightly updated to be data agnostic (allowing for any type of data and any input mechanism from email to FTP to a proprietary API) and adjusted for all kinds of results and even chained results to give the system a universal approach to input and rewards.
Then we thought about a way to make the system more interactive and fun in the process in order to really show its usefulness. We considered various kinds of data that were unique and plentiful and settled on Twitter because of the bounty of data it provided. When considering tweets as a data unit it made since to consider the person tweeting as the player but then one could cheat by tweeting. So using someone else’s tweets made more since. And that naturally lead to creating teams of tweeters that the end user manages like one would in a fantasy football league.
Thus was born “Fantasy Chatter League” where anyone can draft a pop-icon twitter user to their team and earn points and trophies based on the tweets from their team. The game gets more interesting the more you know about your team members, as knowing when to make some active and bench others is where how you can optimize your points. It comes down to knowing who tweets about what, do they have an album coming out soon or will they be tweeting live about an event.
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