Shall we play a game?

No, I’m not talking about Global Thermonuclear War. Or chess, for that matter. I’m talking about something creative, fun, and, frankly, silly. (If you haven’t seen the 1983 Matthew Broderick classic War Games, trust me. It’s awesome. And it had Dabney Coleman and Ally Sheedy.)

Here’s my proposal: On Friday, April 1, all of us will tell a story, but not just any story! This story will be told through Swarm (formerly known as Foursquare) check-ins, Instagram posts, and Twitter/Facebook.

“How does this intriguing activity work?” you ask? Well, I’ll tell you!

It’s quite simple: On April 1, 2016, tell a story through Swarm check-ins. Share those check-ins through Instagram/Twitter/Facebook with the hashtag #story41. Be creative, be funny, be poignant, be whatever you want to be, but be sure to share the hashtag with as many social media platforms as you can so that others can search for it.

“What are the rules?” you might ask. Very good question! Here they are:

You’ll need a Swarm, Twitter/Facebook, and/or Instagram account, linked together.

Swarm check-ins must be at establishments that are in your REAL GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION, but not necessarily where you actually are. So, if there is, say, a pet store that shows up in your Swarm “choose your location” list, it’s fair game, even if you’re really not there. We’re talking about storytelling, after all, not tracking your moment-to-moment movements.

Pictures and text attached to your check-in are fine, even encouraged!

If you are actually traveling from city to city or state to state, that’s awesome! Go ahead and include that in your storytelling. But please, don’t geo-cheat!

Posts from 12:01 am Pacific April 1, 2016 to 11:59 pm Pacific  count. Although, since there’s no prizes, nor judges, nor official governing body for this contest, those chronological  boundaries are suggestions, not hard-and-fast limits.

And that’s about it, really. Check in, share a picture, add a hashtag, sit back and enjoy.

Let’s make this big! The more, the merrier!

 

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