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A little bit about the Read Ranker and turning reading articles into a game – Joe Murphy

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A little bit about the Read Ranker and turning reading articles into a game

This is the email I sent to coworkers introducing the Read Ranker.

You may know about this project I’m working on called Read Ranker — it’s a piece of functionality that turns reading denverpost.com articles into a game — a game where you compete against all the other readers on the site to see who has read the most.

It keeps track of the number of articles (in this draft it’s just articles in the sports section) you’ve read, and lets you know how you compare to the other people on the site right now. As in, there’s a chunk on the website that says “You’ve read 23% of today’s sports articles, which ranks you 782 out of today’s 1,500 readers.”

I’m pushing this live to everyone Thursday. Then, next week, if it goes well, I’ll move it from the sports section into every section.

If you want to take a look at it today here’s the special link that will activate it for you.

-Joe

p.s. If you’ve got better ideas for a name than “Read Ranker,” send it my way.

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