Wanna see the code? Check out the github repo here.
What is VocabBomb?
It's a game. With vocab. And tweets.
Step 1. Check today's challenge.
Vocabbomb is an insanely addictive, simple game. Just check what the challenge word is for the day and have a Twitter account.
Step 2. Toss a Vocab Bomb into the Twittersphere.
Tweet as your normally would, but be sure to include the key ingredients to ensure your tweet gets counted. Use the challenge word in a well-crafted tweet. Anything is fair game, just keep it clean (and preferably original). Finish it off with the hashtag #vocabbomb. So an example would look like this:
I showed up to class today a little unkempt. Even my shoelaces weren't tied. #vocabbomb.
Step 3. Rate other Vocab Bombs.
We capture all tweets that use the daily challenge word, and display them in the VocabBomb rating system. Anyone gets to rate these tweets using any criteria - humor, originality, usage. Check back to see the top rated tweets for the day and for all time.
Stuff to remember:
Get your friends to retweet your tweets. We keep track of that stuff and it counts towards your score.
Keep things clean. We do not accept tweets that use bad language.
Once a tweet has been rated 100 times, it is taken out of the rating system to make room for new ones.
You should check back often to see how well your tweet is rated by others.
Why is VocabBomb so special?
Learn words by using them: You can study all the flash cards you want but the best way to really learn a word is to write a great sentence using it.
Get your creative juices flowing: They say you should write something creative every day. VocabBomb is the simplest way to do that. It's not so easy to come up with a funny/sarcastic/pithy/witty/clever sentence that uses "inured" is it?
Be proud of a quality tweet: Most of your Twitter stream is probably filled with mind-numbing checkins, blah retweets, shortened URLS and tons of ugly hashtags. It's no reason that most of Twitter is filled with zombie accounts! Let's change that by adding a few shiny tweets that stand out and represent some quality writing and thinking.
Discover great tweeters who aren't Ashton Kutcher: Believe it or not, there are people on Twitter (who aren't Stephen Colbert) who consistently write funny/interesting/clever tweets. With the simple VocabBomb rating system, you can quickly see who's writing the best material. People who write highly rated tweets on VocabBomb tend to have consistently interesting tweets. Follow them!
Oh yeah... POINTS!: Who doesn't love points? Anyone who comes to VocabBomb can rate your tweets with a +1, 0 or -1. So each of your tweets has a rating count, and you get a total score from your tweets. Top tweets are displayed prominently, as are players who write the best tweets.
No registration, No log in: Participating could not be easier... seriously. All you need is a twitter account. Your tweet only needs two ingredients to be displayed on VocabBomb: 1) use the challenge word and 2) include #vocabbomb. That's it. Your twitter username will be automatically added to the site if your tweet is indexed and then you'll be right up there on the leaderboard.