"Geeky" Sweet Sixteen Tournament

Education & Training with Internet Marketing Specialist Designation

To celebrate the arrival of March Madness (along with our affinity for iPads over jock straps), IMSD is pleased to announce the Geeky Sweet Sixteen tournament! Over the next two weeks, it's up to YOU to cast your votes as the titans of social media face off in a battle of silicon sweat, blogging blood, and IPO tears.

Place Your Vote Now on our Facebook Fan Page

We'll be posting 1-2 games every weekday to www.facebook.com/IMSDesignation. Place your vote on which social medai platform has the biggest impact on your online real estate marketing strategy!

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Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Too busy to spend alot of time on any of the sites. My world is still about face to face...Good luck with it.

Mar 16, 2012 04:12 AM #14
John Alesi
Century 21 Award - Mission Viejo, CA
(Orange County California Real Estate)

I think the overall winner will be obvious but there are some interesting challenges along the way.  This is going to be good!

Mar 16, 2012 04:46 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I voted.  I hope I do better here than I'm doing in my brackets.  

Mar 16, 2012 05:43 AM #16
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

I did my duty and voted! This should be interesting seeing where you go with this.....

Mar 16, 2012 06:25 AM #17
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Internet Marketing Specialist Designation - Kirkland, WA

Game 1 results are in!  Facebook 78, Google+ 6

A resounding “I told you so” rose up from the social media world today as Facebook pounded Google+ 78-6 in the first game of the tournament. In the first 2 minutes of the game, six of the starters for Google+ were ejected with technical penalties for infractions including punching other players, punching the fans, punching the refs… shoot, they were even punching each other.  Coach Larry Page was also ejected for creating a hostile, anti-competitive environment.

Voting will open back up at 8AM on Monday morning for Flickr VS Instagram.  Stay tuned at www.facebook.com/IMSDesignation, and feel free to post all of your tournament predictions here!

Mar 16, 2012 07:29 AM #18
Stacey Smith
Keller Williams Realty - Aliso Viejo, CA
Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor

The Google +'ers are violent and creepy... That could explain why I am never on the site... And why they lost... hehe..

Mar 16, 2012 07:53 AM #19
Joe Loomer

Saw that coming, but not by such a landslide!  Guess the "plusers" are all hanging out in a circle and crying right about now....  maybe they can get the Missouri fans to join them.

Mar 16, 2012 10:05 AM #20
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Great contest and awesome timing!  I am sorry, but I don't think it is a "contest", I think Facebook will romp!

Mar 16, 2012 10:36 AM #21
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Still too jocky for me. Have fun!

Mar 16, 2012 12:26 PM #23
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I don't think I can get into this until I see what the odds are for each contestant. Can there be points shaving in this tournament?

Mar 16, 2012 12:31 PM #24
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Interesting brackets Ben, will the games be televised on ESPN?  :)

Gotta check this out.

Mar 16, 2012 02:14 PM #25
Wayne Jackson
Lakeshore Realty 208-714-4109 - Hayden, ID
North Idaho Realtor, Serving Coeur dnullAlene and Hayden Lake

Ben, This is a very interesting game, I like it better than NCAA.

Mar 16, 2012 02:39 PM #26
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

This looks far more my speed than the Sweet Sixteen for the NCAA.

Mar 16, 2012 03:55 PM #27
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Ben,

A very clever way to create excitement and increase involvement.


Mar 16, 2012 10:42 PM #28
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

OMGosh! This is too much fun. I can't wait to participate and watch the results!

Mar 17, 2012 12:44 AM #29
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

OK, I can do this. I read it again and understand it this time. I also like FB over G+ right now.


Mar 17, 2012 01:30 PM #30
IMSD Designation
Internet Marketing Specialist Designation - Kirkland, WA

Monday Game Preview: Instagram VS Flickr

This game pits two of the major photo sharing websites, Instagram and Flickr, against each other in what some have dubbed the “Bonfire of the Vanities.”  The Yahoo-owned Flickr is battling to prove its relevance among younger fans versus a small and amazingly nimble team Instragram.

Breaking News Update:  An unprecedented 11-hour team photo shoot was held on Sunday, leaving both teams with a spray on tan hangover that could lead to a fairly low scoring match.

Cast your vote starting Monday at 8AM Pacific

Mar 18, 2012 10:52 AM #31
Ninah Hunter
Ridgway Real Estate - Ridgway, CO

This is a fun idea, and also a good learning tool for the social media options out there.  I figure if I don't use something, or haven't even heard of it, then obviously I need to vote for the one I do use or know about.  On the other hand, some of the newcomers, with a real interesting twist, i.e., Instagram, make it difficult to decide.  Frankly, it's been awhile since I've been on or used Flickr and just experimented recently with Instagram, which is totally a mobile thing, compared to Flickr.  Well, I made my hard choice.  If you wanna know which one I voted for, ask me.  :-)

Mar 19, 2012 03:07 AM #32
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Post Game: Instagram 26, Flickr 10

What a bizarre turn of events in this low scoring matchup!  The photo-savvy crowd took picture after picture for their respective team’s websites, resulting in both teams being blinded by the 40,000+ flashes per minute.  With their retinas burned, the ball handling skills of both teams plummeted and many of the shots sailed hopelessly into the stands.  After three periods of play, the older and slower Flickr finally broke down and was no match for the spritely young Instagram team.

Mar 19, 2012 07:51 AM #33
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Internet Marketing Specialist Designation - Kirkland, WA

Thursday Pre-Game Summary: Pinterest VS LinkedIn
This is Old Boys Club vs Fembots.  While LinkedIn starters have retired to the sitting room for the cigars and brandy ostentatiously referred to as “networking”, the younger Pinterest AllStars have figured out how to unite the powers of glue guns, haute couture and gastronomy to build a scrappy team with visually creative plays. 

This showdown features the first coed team in the league.

Mar 21, 2012 09:44 AM #34
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