The @deanshaw 2013 Twitter Madness Tourney Tips Off! Round 1 Coverage
Posted by DeanShaw
Ya know who should win the @deanshaw Twitter Madness Tourney this year? Me, that’s who. I mean this on-going monitoring and analysis of my brackets is a freakin’ pain in the ass. But alas, I am barred from participating in the event because of my overwhelming advantage.
So, the 1st round is in the books and as expected there we’re some stunning upsets. That’s the beauty of this tournament you don’t have to be a “Rock Star” or “Ninja” or even a “Guru”. You can be just a regular old hack like @andybeal and still advance in Twitter Madness. All you need is some interesting or clever tweets and you can have your own “One Shining Moment” My GAWD that song is horrible.
Let’s take a look at my in depth analysis that I just wasted 3 hours on and see who’s in and who’s out…
FEATURE MATCH-UP: @chrisbrogan v. @GinaMcCrae
It always warms the cockles of my heart when I see a virtual unknown embrace the Twitter Madness Tourney and step up to the plate oblivious to the challenge that lay ahead. Such was the case in the epic 1st Round match-up we saw in McCrae vs. Brogan. In a Titanic upset the wunderkind David from Cleveland upset the Goliath of all things Twitter. The Tourney newbie seemed un-intimidated and play surprisingly well by mocking my tourney. A ballsy move by the Twitter Tourney diaper dandy.
Not to be openly mocked @deanshaw mocks the mocker:
McCrae brilliantly followed my mock of her mock with another mock, pulling off the first ever double-mock meme in the history of the tournament
As for Chris, he ain’t got time fo dat.
And now a summary of the other exciting matchups…
@FastCompany v. @mikewhitmore: Fast Company’s tweet barrage (almost 200 unique in total) was way too much for Former digital anthropologist, entrepreneur, husband, blogger, musician, professional speaker, networker & Nutella lover
@spikejones v. @jtobin: While Jim brought an interesting NCAA Bracket based on Twitter presence the wily Spike Jones let others do the talking for him while he spoke at some Word of Mouth thingy dingy. Talk about advocacy!
@unmarketing v. @jamieplesser: Like @spikejones, @unmarketing let his audience speak for him including quoting him on this gem “The difference between a person with 7 years retail experience and 1 year, is the person with 7 years hates people more.” Since I’ll probably shamelessly steal that I may as well give him entre to the next round.
@TheFakeESPN v. @SmallsMeasures: Tough matchup for Smalls and @TheFakeESPN didn’t choke it away
Winner: @The FakeESPN
@adage v. @HelenASPopkin: Could Ad Age AND Helen Popkin both forgotten about their matchup? A decidedly underwhelming performance by both goes to Ad Age for including Oreos and Kit Kats n the same tweet.
@unbounce v. @1918: In the best match-up of the day, last year’s tournament darling @1918 stood toe to toe with the Canadian un-bounce advocates. When the match ended in a statistical tie, I had to go to the rules books which clearly states in Rule 219, Article 3 that “in the event of a statistical tie, the win will be awarded to the person who tweets about BBQ the most.”
@JudahWorldChamp v. @ovrdrv: Both competitors played sloppy twittering but OverDrive was less bad than Judah.
@TheFakeCNN v. @CoreyCreed: The Fake CNN is just way too funny in thi matchup and beat out the Internet Marketing Guru
@HubSpot v. @SquareJawMedia: SquareJaw can only muscle out 4 tweets and gets buried by an avalanche of HubSpot informational goodness
@anjeanettec v. @AudienceCreator: Audience Creator won by default as the comedy of Anjeanette took an unfortunate hiatus during the matchup
@jowyang v. @digitalalex: Wait, I wonder if Digital Alex was hanging with @anjeanettec the past few days as he was curiously absent from his matchup with @jowyang
@webby2001 v. @glenngabe: Another close battle, with Webby edging out Gabe because of some original content and I think he said something about brisket.
@chuckhemann v. @RudiShumpert: Are you effing kidding me Shumpert? I give you entre into the biggest Twitter Tournament on the planet and you tweet 4 times including a RT and one mentioning Klout? I can’t wait to see you at eMetrics so I can give you a piece of my mind…and a drink…I recall I owe you a drink.
@MarkRaganCEO v. @frankreed: Wait…what??? MarkRaganCEO didn’t even tweet during his matchup? Are you kidding me? Are you getting your Tourney advice from @RudiShumprt or something???
@DavidBThomas v. @Cole_Watts: Dave Thomas started off using the “I’ll just be the scribe for @ToddWheatland” tweet strategy which hasn’t been used in over 45 years, and just when I was about to vanquish him to the loser pile he said something about a coupon for ‘Critter Removal”
@TheOnion v. @JustinKownacki: I knee jerk reaction was to just give this to @TheOnion, but Justin’s observations on everyday life were just to good…and always are.
@cnmoody v. @stevehall: Moody plays small but comes up big. Sometimes less is more.
@SeinfeldToday v. @carlsonjill: I guess Jill didn’t want to come out to play. Seinfeld wins by default
@leeodden v. @JayDolan: Lee wasn’t at his best but he was good enough to slip by at Jay kid.
@avinash v. @awarenessinc: Two legendary competitors stumbled during their matchup but @Avinash said something about the snooze button…and I freaking LOVE the snooze button.
@SocialMedia411 v. @mktgdouchebag: Despite passing along a great video with David Bowie and Sonic Youth and a FREAKING great Social Media Strategy Generator , the Social Media 411 wins based on volume of great content
@dmscott v. @GinnySkal: In another big upset, @GinnySkal squeaks out a victory over the heavily favored @dmscott despite picking Marquette to go all the way in the NCAA Tournament
@gemise v. @MicheleJKiss: @gemise violated Tweet Type 3 too many times and was disqualified
@mental_floss v. @coreyspencer: Apparently @coreyspencer is a Canadian living in Utah who LIKES movies, comic books, video games, digital marketing and analytics, but LOVES his sweet wife and 3 insane little boys but DOESN’T tweet during the Twitter Madness Tourney
@jeffreylcohen v. @jimsterne: Last year’s Twitter Madness Tourney Champion wins because if he doesn’t he’ll throw another pox on my house and because I’m scared he’ll beat me up at next month’s eMetrics Conference.
@iowahawkblog v. @zachward: Ya know how I said I follow some people cuz they piss me off? @iowahawkblog is one of those people and yet he advances to the next round. WTF is wrong with me?
@badbanana v. @kaimac: @BadBanana picked the wrong time to be bad. @kaimac advances
@wwwbigbaldhead v. @FYeahAnalytics: I had high hopes for my favorite zombie killer but apparently slaying the dead doesn’t mean slaying the Twitter competition.
@lruettimann v. @erictpeterson: Eric has blocked me from seeing his Tweets and has disavowed the Twitter Madness Tourney altogether. A savvy show of reverse psychology if ever I saw one – and for that he advances to the next round.
@mitchjoel v. @OMLee: Despite a killer Hot Dog Baseball Salary calculator that @OMLee offered to the world, Mitch wins due to his Canadianess.
@AndyBeal v. @johnlovett: You’re in the Twitter Madness Tourney and you only tweet once??? John you have disrespected your country, the Corps, and your Momma.
Congrats to the winners, you’re on to the 2nd round and even tougher competition. For the losers, go on home and cry to your Mammys.
To check out the brackets go to: http://challonge.com/TwitterMadness2013