By now you’ve surely heard the news that Fresno got fewer votes than Salt Lake City in Walmart’s Facebook hunger thing. Now all we’re waiting for is the “official tally” to be announced. Whether that means scores of votes will be disqualified because of “cheating” — and, really, the definition of that term in regards to this contest is pretty wishy-washy — is anyone’s guess.
Now that the momentary frenzy has come to a halt, some questions come to mind:
- Are you ticked off we came in second?
- Will Fresno ultimately be declared the winner, or is there a chance some other city might come from behind if only unique users are counted?
- Do you think that Salt Lake City “cheated” — or at least cheated more than we did?
- Should Walmart have devised a better system that would have kept people from rolling up vote totals by artifical means?
- Was this a worthwhile cause or just a brilliant marketing scheme that resulted in a huge free media blitz for Walmart?
- Was anyone else struck by the idea that this whole experience started to resemble the mentality and mechanics of a massive communal video game — complete with mad clicking of “likes,” a constantly updated score, battlefield camaraderie with like-minded players, the frenzy of an impending deadline?
- If the scores stand and Fresno gets $100,000 instead of $1 million, will you be mad at Walmart?
Tell us what you think about these questions or other issues related to the contest in the comments.