Write in quizzes
Posted by aogWednesday, 04 June 2003 at 07:40 TrackBack Ping URL
On the radio the other day was a write in contest. You had to supply the other two names by which St. Petersburg, Russia, has been known this century (Petrograd and Leningrad). I happened to know those of the top of my head but in the era of Altavista and Google who doesn't know those of the top of their keyboard? Even for puzzles (such as an CarTalk) are made difficult since so many of them are recycled. One would expect such things to turn in effectively lotteries rather than contests of any sort.

On the other hand, perhaps it doesn't matter. The question on St. Petersburg would at least cause people to look up web pages on the city and perhaps some small number of them would read more. Or one could ask for ever more obscure information where one has to troll the web to gather the information (I think this has already been done on in some psuedo-reality games).

I had just been thinking about this and then Instantman commented on how hard it would be to get the people of ten years ago to believe that the web and its resources would exist in just ten years. Of course, Vannevar Bush predicted it all back in 1947.