On Monday, August 2nd, 2010 I will be on Twitter with my @cruisesource account for 24 straight hours to see how many people I can talk to about cruising. From 11AM ET on August 2nd – 11AMET on August 3rd, I will only communicate using Twitter and the CruiseSource.us Blog from my home office in Indian Trail, NC. I’ve never done anything for 24 hours straight, so this should be pretty interesting! I will be tracking several statistics from this experiment and I will share all of them in about a week. The Hashtag for this Social Media Experiment is #Cruise24. During the experiment, I’m also attempting to get 100 people to donate $24 to the Airline Ambassadors, one of our non-profit partners for the Cruise4Haiti. We’re giving away a big prize, details below.
Why? Twitter has been life changing for me over the last 2 years. Recently though, I’ve been a little down on Twitter because it doesn’t seem to be as conversational as it was back when I was originally drawn to it. Today, I find that it is not uncommon to send people @ replies and not get a response. Is part of the problem that I’ve gotten busier or is it that there are too many people on Twitter not really listening? I will find out, because I am not allowing anything to interupt my Twitter conversation for 24 hours.
Prizes: One donor will win an International roundtrip Ticket from American Airlines. So for a Tax-Deductable donation of $24, you will have the chance to win an airline ticket for anywhere in the world! There is a $50 activation fee, and there are some restrictions on the ticket. You want to donate a prize? You better act fast! Leave a comment or @ reply @cruisesource on Twitter.
* the drawing for the ticket won’t be held until there are at least 100 donors for $24 each
* the airline ticket won’t be available for a few weeks, so you will not be able to use it for a last minute Summer vacation
So if you have any cruise related questions, today is a great day to ask it. If you’re looking to book a cruise, let’s take care of it today on Twitter. Just send @cruisesource a Tweet.
I’d also like to thank my employer, Travel Leaders Leisure Group & CruiseDeals.com for allowing me to spend 2 days on a Twitter experiment. – Happy Sailing & Tweeting ~ Rich Tucker