Monday, July 27, 2009

Short and tweet - the twitter camp Quiz by IQL!

Hi friends

The Indian Quizzing League team (of which I am proud to be a member) hosted the world's first ever Twitter Live Quiz!!! Here are the details of the quiz as follows:

The Indian Quizzing League team was involved in the Organizing Committee of the inaugural Twitter Unconference titled Buzz140! in Chennai on June 21, 2009. Even though the venue was quite far away from the heart of the city (Photon Infotech, the venue is in the middle of OMR, about 30 kms from the heart of Chennai), quite a few tweeps turned up.

There were around 60 odd teams (teams of two each) that participated in the prelims (some of the 150 odd people that turned up for the event left after lunch). The Prelims hosted by Ananthashankar had 20 questions with in-built tie breakers.

Karthik Narayan (KN as I call him) hosted a rather quickfire, fun-oriented and tech-savvy final. The final consisted of three simple rounds – round one was a Twitter based round – with questions based on tweets, and within 140 characters. This premise ensured the questions were short and sweet!! Round two was an innovation of cryptic clues to identify technology websites and people associated with technology. The quiz ended with the last round which was a grid where teams could pick their questions and answer. The quiz ended with a photo-finish where three teams on equal scores. Eventually as many as 4 tie breakers were required to separate the Best of two teams out of three!!

Two students from Anna University won the quiz on the penultimate question and Sylvian Patrick and Ahmed from Zoho came second when they scored on the last question!! The audience had their share of the fun with questions redirected at them which they answered with glee. They were also highly appreciative of the quiz and the questions.

By hosting this quiz, a little piece of history had been created - this was officially the first Twitter Live Quiz in the entire world. That's a perhaps the biggest feather so far in IQL's hat!!

IQL is continuing the good job by hosting an online Twitter Quiz which can be accessed on

About Twitter:

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers.

Ciao for now!

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