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I'm just curious what other schools have been doing in regards to contests on their "official" university Facebook pages.

Specifically, has anyone done a "Congratulations to our Nth fan, John Doe"-type contests? If so, how did you determine who was your Nth fan? As far as I can tell, there isn't a built-in way to figure out who is, say, fan #4999 vs. fan #5000 (short of manually clicking through the list of all fans 20 at a time, counting in reverse back to fan #1...not something I would wish upon my first enemy).

Beyond that, though, any ideas for ways to better engage our Facebook fans through the use of contests would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Doug Thompson
Manager of Web and Electronic Communications
Ohio Wesleyan University
dethomps@owu.edu


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It's just reverse order when you click 'See All'. BlueFuego has 980 likes. Paige Plant is #980. Just look at top. If your contest is for 1,000 and you go to page and there are 1,005 likes, just count backwards. 1005...1004...1003...1002...1001....1000. Bingo. Now get that person some SWAG. :)

The only problem I have with this is if, in some hypothetical future, our Facebook page has 50000+ fans and someone wants to retroactively award the 20000th fan for some reason. I really don't want to manually click back through 30000 fans.

Surely there's a better way. I thought I hit upon a solution with a Facebook application that claimed to be able to export the fan list to a CSV file, but it doesn't appear to function. The application was created back in mid-2009, so Facebook very well may have changed something about the underlying architecture that prevents the application from function nowadays.

At any rate, thanks for the feedback.
Speaking of which, we're about to do something for our 1,000th fan. This reminded me. Thanks :)
Des Moines University does DMU Trivia on the 1st Tues of every month. We post a question about the University and offer prizes to the 1st student, alum & faculty/staff/friend who answers correctly. We usually give them a t-shirt or something else small we have extras of. This generates anywhere from 7-12 responses each month. We always do it at 9 a.m. and promote it the day before. We just did it this morning! We have a rule that people can only "win" every 6 months.

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