Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Here's a chance to talk to a large community of avid social gamers. Ringorang is seeking a Social Media Intern. A dedicated, creative individual with strong writing ability, communication skills, and an eye for detail with the ability to comment on up & coming trends. You should be able to meet deadlines and work towards achieving set goals. You will need to possess strong writing skills and be able to captivate an online audience daily with the ability to also write for a "corporate level audience" (potential clients/partners) as well. Contribute as little as an hour per week and get noticed!

ROLE/DESCRIPTION
As a Ringorang intern you will participate in social media engagement and use our branding standards to drive our social media strategy. You will have the ability to entice, provoke, and otherwise engage our community on Twitter and Facebook. Be responsible for writing/editing posts, and responding to comments. This will also include monitoring blogs, social media, and other streams of information to learn about innovations in the market we are targeting and develop content for social media accounts. Through all this, always maintaining open communication with management.

QUALIFICATIONS
-Intellectual curiosity
-Must have strong knowledge of social medial applications and technologies such as Facebook and Twitter, blogging, RSS feeds, and other new media trends.
- Assist with the coordination, discovery, adaptation and incorporation of online interactive programs
-Must understand the use of blogs and have active accounts on at least a couple online social networks
-Responsible, dependable and well organized
-A passion for new media
-Strong writing skills, formally and creatively speaking with an attention to detail
-Be organized and able to meet deadlines
-Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
-Strong ability to self-manage schedule and projects to meet deadlines and goals

TIME REQUIREMENTS/BENEFITS
Take part in an innovative, transparent, and rapidly growing company while developing the highly marketable skills of social media management. You will be able to create and manage your own schedule and plan accordingly to meet weekly set goals.

We're starting off with a 3 month commitment, could be less, with no pay at first but the opportunity to become a paid staff member will be evaluated once the trial period is complete.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit your resume and contact information to jeff@ringorang.com , in an effort to gauge your qualifications and skills submit a sample post ready for publishing (we promise not to use it) . Be creative, choose any subject, hold our attention and spark our interest.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Long Live The Kingorang

Today, Saturday the 24th of April, marks the first anniversary of the passing of our dear friend, Pasha Phares. We first met Pasha through 12seconds, a micro-vlogging site, shortly after launching Ringorang. It didn't take long before Pasha became a devoted player and contributor of the game and someone we all knew and loved.

Pasha was kindhearted, funny, nerdy and incredibly smart, a wonderful husband and father, and passionate about Ringorang. He won so many times back in the day that he jokingly called himself "The Kingorang." The title was especially fitting because Pasha means "King" in Kurdish. Pasha was so good with trivia, he eventually went on to write Qs for us. In fact, most of the Star Wars questions in our game were written by Pasha, an ardent fan of the films.

It's so hard to believe its been a year since he's passed. It feels like just yesterday I was joking around with him on Twitter. I can't help but think of Pasha every time I see a video with a kitten or a puppy or while typing and accidently hitting 'return' when I meant to press the apostrophe key. (One of his biggest pet peeves was that the two keys are so close together.) I know I can speak for the whole crew here when I say that although we never got to meet Pasha in person, our interactions through 12seconds, Twitter and Facebook made us feel as if we had known him our whole lives.

For those of you who never had the pleasure of meeting Pasha, we'd like to share with you the tribute video we made last year. While assembling it, Pasha's friends and family in Seattle told us how much he loved singing with them the song from the commercial "I Love the World." I think you will agree it is the perfect soundtrack and makes for a very touching memorial. Gotta admit I still get choked up every time I watch it.


Pasha is survived by his wife, Debbie, and two daughters, Sierra and Maddie. Sierra now runs his blog and Twitter account. You can also visit Pasha's Facebook page.

When you have a chance, we ask that you please leave a message for our dear friend and his loved ones. The Kingorang may be gone, but his legacy will forever live on.

We love you, Pasha.

Boom-de-ah-da!

Mike Dotta & Team Ringorang

Friday, April 16, 2010

Ringorang Newsletter: April 18

"Question Everything."

That used to be our motto. Then it became the mantra (and the name) of our flagship game. Now, we're coming full circle.

We don't have any daily themes this week. Or next. Or the week after. What we will have is a trivia tournament that begins on Monday at 8am PT and ends on Friday at 6pm PT, with questions that related to positively EVERYTHING. Are you game?

Remember, 10 Qs per day will arrive between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm PT.

Please do become our fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@ringorang). They're the best place to see announcements.

If Facebook and Twitter aren't your thing, there's also our snazzy, feature-rich feedback forum.

Knowledgeably,

Team Ringorang

Friday, April 9, 2010

Ringorang Newsletter: April 12 - 16

Nothing in this world can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

We'd add that the arrival of The Question Everything Challenge every week is pretty reliable, and much more fun. Alas, we weren't around for Ben Franklin when he was pondering such things.

Reminder: tournaments now last from Monday through Friday. This means your daily score carries over to the next day. Also, your taxes must be postmarked no later than April 15! Good luck.

Week 75 Themes - April 12 - 16:
  • Monday - Strange Foods: You say, "Po-TAY-to." I say, "po-TAH-to." You say, "sweet breads." I say, "thymus glands."
  • Tuesday - Stately Heads: President Truman had a double meaning when he said, "The buck stops here." After all, somebody is responsible for those taxes.
  • Wednesday - Death: We have a little word association today. Death is everywhere, it seems.
  • Thursday - ...and Taxes: Taxes have been a strong undercurrent of many a historical event, having been involved in great wars, big crimes, and even Peeping Toms.
  • Friday - Heroes, The Musical: The concept of a hero has been a great muse for many artists. Here are 10 who have, in some way or another, made "heroic" music.

Please do become our fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@ringorang). They're the best place to see announcements, ask us a Q about our Qs, or just say hi.

If Facebook and Twitter aren't your thing, there's good, old fashioned e-mail, and our snazzy, feature-rich feedback forum.

Knowledgeably,

Team Ringorang

Friday, April 2, 2010

Ringorang Newsletter: April 5 - 9

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Springtime. Renewal, rebirth, another excuse to eat ham – who doesn’t love this time of year?

We’ve been doing some behind-the-scenes tinkering, and this week we’re unveiling some changes to Question Everything.

Bad news first: we will be going without prizes starting this week. I know, major bummer. Prizing is a whole undertaking unto itself, so in order to focus on a variety of projects, we’ll be moving forward without it. We want to bring it back ASAP, and should you have suggestions for cool prizes, we’d love to hear it! Simply visit our feedback forum.

Better news: Question Everything will now be a week-long, 10 Q per day tournament. When we started this thing, it was a multi-week tournament, then a 24/7 week-long affair, and then daily. We're hoping this might be the gaming sweet spot of awesome.

Frankly, you might not even notice. You’ll still receive ten questions per day, Monday through Friday. The difference is your daily score will carry over to the next day, and we’ll declare a winner on Friday after the 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET question. Now, if any one day stumps you, you’ll have four whole days to overcome it
. Are you game?

Week 74 Themes - April 5 - 9:
  • Monday - Clash of the Mythos: While titans are clashing in theaters, we’re going to RELEASE THE KRAKEN OF TRIVIA!
  • Tuesday - The QE Redemption: You’ll be doing some hard time today with Qs about prisons. Be on your best behavior or you’ll end up in the hole.
  • Wednesday - Say "Cheese!": You know your town has made it when your coagulated milk curds become known throughout the world. See what you know about cheese and the regions that produce them.
  • Thursday - The Sweet Science: Boxing’s actually a sport, not a science, and involves no boxes whatsoever. It does take place inside a square, but it’s called a “ring.” These are but a few of the reasons why boxing intrigues us.
  • Friday - A Girl's Best Friend: The diamond is the birthstone of April. No truth to the rumor that April blatantly shows it off to the other months by propping her head on her hand or constantly tossing her hair.

Remember: 10 Qs per day, 1 per hour, with the week's winner announced on Friday.

Please do become our fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@ringorang)
. They're the best place to see announcements, ask us a Q about our Qs, or just say hi.

If Facebook and Twitter aren't your thing, there's good, old fashioned e-mail, and our snazzy, feature-rich feedback forum.

Knowledgeably,

Team Ringorang

If you haven't updated your desktop device and it's still on an infinite update loop, please check out our uninstall/reinstall instructions.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Ringorang Newsletter: March 29 - April 2

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The root word of question is, of course, quest. And your quest this week takes you through a treacherous valley of mind-bending intrigue, espionage, and those two-faced harlots known as "cover songs."

Only each day's bravest will get to choose a reward: $10 iTunes gift card, $10 Amazon.com gift card, or the Holy Grail of T-shirts.

Week 73 Themes - March 29 - April 2:
  • Monday - From Russia With Qs: We're back in the USSR! You don't know how lucky you are! Yes, I know, it's no longer the "USSR." Just play along.
  • Tuesday - Cloak & Dagger: Decrypt the message, get to the dead drop, and try to answer these top secret Qs. As always, should you RANG instead of RING, we will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Except your score. Sorry.
  • Wednesday - The Matrix: We're going from spies to a "Spybreak!" in the Matrix. 11 years after the film opened, we're jacking in for some reality-altering trivia.
  • Thursday - Cover Me: Some songs keep finding new voices and new audiences as time goes by. We'll take a look at ten covers, for old time's sake.
  • Friday - 94 Feet of Trivia: As four teams prepare to stake their championship claim on 94 feet of hardwood, we'll stop and pop with 10 college basketball Qs.

Remember: 10 Qs per day, 1 per hour. Daily winner gets their choice of available prizes. We also hold drawings for Ringorang T-shirts... all you need to do is play!

Don't forget our special contests: become our fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@ringorang) to look out for those announcements.
Twitter's also the best place to drop us a line if you have a Q about our Qs.

If Facebook and Twitter aren't your thing, there's good, old fashioned e-mail, and a snazzy, feature-rich forum.

Knowledgeably,

Team Ringorang

If your desktop device is still on an infinite loop of trying to update and failing, please uninstall and reinstall the app using these steps:
  • Locate the folder called “RingorangDesktop.” You should find it in your Program Files (on Windows) or Applications folder (on Mac OSX). Banish it to your OS’ trash/recycle bin/landfill/skid row.
  • Go to http://qe.ringorang.com (sign-in if you're not already). Click “play with the desktop app” underneath the game device on the left. The device will slide away, revealing...
  • ...the “install now” button. Click it. Trust it. Enjoy it. It'll take you where you need to go.


*You may only win one Amazon.com gift card, iTunes gift card, or Ringorang T-shirt per game per week. To be eligible for Ringorang's T-shirt drawings, you must play at least 3 questions per day.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Ringorang Newsletter: March 22 - 26

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In the spirit of spring cleaning, we've made some changes to Ringorang this past week.
First, the game device has a fancy new dallion meter! This led to an unfortunate bug in the update process. We'd like to apologize again for the inconvenience. To ensure you've got the latest version, please take a look at our updating guide.

Second, we're testing a new prizing structure -- winner's choice! Each daily 1st place player will get to choose either a $10 Amazon.com gift certificate, a $10 iTunes gift card, or a Ringorang T-shirt. Before you decide, take a look at this week's trivia themes...


Week 72 Themes - March 22 - 26:
  • Monday - The City of Light: Paris. Home of the Enlightenment, romance, and most importantly, crepes. Love those.
  • Tuesday - Architecture: A look at some of the world's most iconic landmarks and the people who crafted them.
  • Wednesday - All That Jazz: Take some blues, ragtime, a pinch of classical compositions, and African rhythms. Shake together in Dixieland. Serve straight, no chaser.
  • Thursday - ...A Thousand Words: We zoom in and rack focus to look at some photos and photographers.
  • Friday - In the Ballpark: People gather at venues to watch games, listen to music, and take in the theatre. For one day, we're turning the spotlight on the venues themselves.

Remember: 10 Qs per day, 1 per hour. Daily winner gets their choice of available prizes. We also hold drawings for Ringorang T-shirts... all you need to do is play!

Don't forget our special contests: become our fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@ringorang) to look out for those announcements.
Twitter's also the best place to drop us a line if you have a Q about our Qs.

If Facebook and Twitter aren't your thing, there's good, old fashioned e-mail, and a snazzy, feature-rich forum.

Knowledgeably,

Team Ringorang


*You may only win one Amazon.com gift card, iTunes gift card, or Ringorang T-shirt per game per week. To be eligible for Ringorang's T-shirt drawings, you must play at least 3 questions per day.