Just a few updates on the technical end of Fame Game. Our recent event initiative and a few writeups (as well as our automagical SEO) put the infrastructure of Fame Game into overdrive, and it didn’t quite survive. We’ve learned a few lessons (most notably that you can’t hold a website together with bubble gum and scotch tape) and are proud to say we’re well on our way to adulthood. At this point we’re approaching a critical juncture with the growth of Fame Game and wanted to say thanks for playing along with us at home. Parties and Projects has turned out to be a success, all the new photo content seems to be a big hit, and we’re watching more and more of you have claimed your profiles — accepting the invitation to bring this “fame game” online.
In the coming months we’ll be improving the functionality of Fame Game for members as well as providing a few opportunities for those who feel that they should be accounted for in the Fame Game community (but aren’t) to play along. We’re also revising Fame Game’s ANDY algorithm to be more accountable for other New York media sources, and further weighting the user generated content submissions. Because Fame Game can’t track every New York item, we’re hoping this will make the process a bit more democratic.
ryan [at] famegame
Now that we’ve got the PLAY blog up and running (please go check it out if you haven’t), we’re repurposing this older blog as a platform for news and updates about Fame Game at large. PLAY is our exploration of this culture, the media that surrounds it, and the underpinnings of Fame in New York… this blog, by contrast, is more about the technology of Fame Game and our growth as a tool, reference point, and cultural map.
As such, we might as well get right to it: Fame Game is getting a ton of traffic and it has slowed the site down us down to a crawl!!! This is a bit like the problem we encountered during the winter, except that we’re finally building out the infrastructure that will allow us to grow much much quicker. We’re constantly working to improve the experience and meet demand, so please bear with us. It will be over soon, I promise.
As always, if you have any questions please write to me at rbrown [at] famegame.
Fame Game has seen continued rapid growth in content, users, and traffic over the past few months and with that comes some exciting new changes… Wanted to update you all on a few things going on that we are excited about.
The first, you may have seen, is our new “Movers and Shakers” list, based on our algorithm ANDY. Movers and Shakers is a weekly metric used to showcase those individuals in various industries who are movin’ and shakin’ so to speak (i.e. doing and producing interesting cultural things, attending events, being photographed, being written about in the media, and being searched for by others.) Among those making this weeks list include media mogul Jared Kusher, artist Jeff Koons, Fashionista-turned Candy store owner Dylan Lauren, and supermodel Karolina Kurkova.
Movers and Shakers will update automatically every Monday morning with the previous week’s tally, so make sure to check back. Oh, and please remember: we didn’t make the rules, we’re just keeping score! ANDY (and Movers and Shakers) is based on media mentions, search trends, and event photography - so, you’ve gotta get yourself out there to get on the list!
Next, we’re just weeks away from launching our new blog PLAY. PLAY will be a cultural exploration of sorts, and we are bringing in writers from all over to help contribute. PLAY will feature commentary on interesting events such as this one, a party sponsored by AMEX and hosted by our friends at Envirolution, announcing the launch of their new website (Fame Game friend and photographer Stephanie Hodges was there to capture the event - check out pictures here.)
PLAY will also feature thoughts on fame, media, and the state of luxury branding — insights into the larger themes of Fame Theory — all in an attempt to illuminate the bigger picture and why we seem to care so much about these celebrity-types and things like algorithms, rank, news, data, and attention. (I know you’re all waiting in anticipation.)
jen [at] famegame
p.s., I’m Jen, the newest full time employee at Fame Game. Hi, hello, nice to meet you. I’m just getting into this blogging thing, so bear with me.
Fame Game has scanned over 10,000 events to create connections between 2,500 organizations and more than 130,000 individual people. At this point, we’ve helped over 1,300 people claim those profiles. Which means that one percent of those profiled have accepted their invitation to play the Fame Game. This is pretty tremendous for us, especially considering that we’re still building out the core functionality of the system (we’re almost done, I swear). It also means that we’ve become a bit of an unavoidable force in the social/nightlife/arts and promotions community here in New York, which is exactly what we’ve been aiming for…
The idea, of course, is to catalogue this community but also to bring greater attention to other cultural endeavors and philanthropic efforts in the city. We’re also working on new ways of helping brands, PR agencies and charities bring attention to their collaborative campaigns.
Let’s keep playing!
ryan [at] famegame.com