Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Okay, so as promised I'm writing today to tell you about the new game/social media site that I'm spending way too much time on these days. Empire Avenue launched less than a year ago, but it seems to be starting to pick up some steam. Basically its a social media stock market where you can buy and sell shares of friends and companies, and in return people buy and sell shares of you (but its completely free).
When you first log on you can create your stock symbol and the index you want to be in... theres everything from Aboriginal Peoples to Entrepreneurship to Photography and even Zombie Hunting. When picking an index the ultimate goal is raise your share price above everyone else in that index and become CEO of the index.
So this is what the site looks like. When you sign up you start at a $10 share price and you increase your price by being active on social media accounts you link up such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, or Blogs or by having other people buy your stock with their Eaves (the virtual currency used on Empire Ave.)
It's fun to buy shares of you facebook and twitter friends, but its also interesting to meet people on the site who are entrepreneurs, celebrities, musicians etc. and buy shares in them. As you go along you unlock achievements that give you rewards and you can get all the financial statistics on your portfolio just like the real stock market. Its feels like a game, but there are plenty of nerdy pieces you can get into if you like that sort of thing.
So you should join especially if....
1. you are always tweeting, posting/commenting on FB, using LinkedIn etc. you'll have a head start right away and have way more fun with the site in general.
2. you miss the days when FB was a smaller, exclusive college site. Empire Avenue is still a fairly small community which means you actually get to communicate and get to know interesting people, a lot of whom are celebs on Twitter or FB. And they might just buy you back and increase your price when you invest in them.
3. Its a great way to increase followers or friends on other networks especially if you are trying to promote yourself as a potential employee, entrepreneur, performer, or just your personal "brand" online. Companies are actually looking into checking EA share prices of potential employees (especially marketing, tech, and advertising careers) in the near future because its a true picture of how good someone is at social networking.
4. Its summer now so you know you need a useless way to spend your long days :) Its the new Farmville people.
5. If nothing else its a great way to keep up with whats happening on all your other social media sites all in one place. EA has a running feed of everything you are doing on all your linked accounts.
So you should check out the site and at least take one minute and sign up for free. I guarantee you'll be hooked after you first share purchase :) AND most importantly search for LAURALYN (thats me) and buy some shares, recommend me, endorse my blog :), and leave a shout out... you know I'll buy you right back! ha. Okay so use this link http://empireavenue.com/?t=4auo1uhi
to check it out and sign up!
One last thing.... I created a storify page about EA to give you more information on what exactly this is and what people are saying about it. Check it out here... http://storify.com/laurarneson/empire-avenue
And while you're there mess around in storify.... its a cool new site I just heard about where you can take any piece of social media (tweets, pictures, videos, blogs, etc.) and drag them to a page, reorder them, and make a story out of the best content online. Kind of hard to describe, but it just launched and its a very cool new tool for both professional and personal use.
Okay I'm done. Sorry for the nerdy, techyness that just floated onto this blog :) I need to go watch some trashy TV to get this out of my system..... moral of the story check out Storify and learn more about Empire Avenue and the new Storify site... then go to EA and get account and buy my stock :) Okay, deal!
Peace, Love, and Eaves