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"I Made It" Pixlr photo contest for Maker Month

Hey there! I work alongside the Instructables folks in our Pier 9 office as the community manager for Pixlr, a photo app that you may or may not be familiar with. Actually, the Instructables site uses Pixlr, so if you've submitted an Instructable, you have probably used our photo editor. 

We know that the Instructables community LOVES contests, so I wanted to pass along this contest that is dead-simple to enter. We're celebrating Maker Month at Pixlr with a slightly Instructables-themed hashtag contest. You can read all about it on our site for the contest, but I will lay out the major details if you are interested in entering: 
  1. Take a photo of anything you've made. 
  2. Edit it in any Pixlr app (e.g., Pixlr Express).
  3. Tag photos with two tags — #imadeit #pixlrcontest — on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, or Facebook.
That's it. Super simple to enter. In fact, if you've ever submitted an Instructable, I encourage you to enter it in our contest by editing one of your Instructables photos with a Pixlr app and posting it with the hashtags so we can find it. 

We're giving away 7 prizes through the end of May, and all winners get to pick a prize from this batch of fun prizes on our contest site: imadeitpixlrcontest.com. Lots of photo-friendly and just cool stuff on there, so you're bound to find something you like. 

Happy to answer any questions you have, and I hope you join us for this fun little contest. 

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wilgubeast4 months ago

This is your chance to win stuff for using the 'I made it' button. Now to figure out which of the things I've made were inspired by or straight up lifted from another author...

How do you know if your entry has been seen/accepted?

supereric (author)  emilyvanleemput3 months ago

These hashtag contests are a little different than contests on Instructables because they live out there on social networks. We'll definitely see your entry if you use both hashtags. We have tools to do pretty comprehensive searches across the social networks that we're monitoring.

(Meant to also say that if anyone is interested, we have a FAQ here, too: http://imadeitpixlrcontest.com/faq)

Yes, I read the FAQ, but it has been a few days now, so I searched for them myself using the hashtags, but I can't seem to find them in the search results, though I can find all other posts with the hashtags.

Just an FYI, you may be experiencing the same thing that happened to me when I entered a similar kind of contest for Adafruit. You had to post projects on social media and specifically hashtag it. I don't do social media so I created new accounts on Twitter and Vine. My posts never came up in searches so I looked up what was happening. If you are not a frequent user or established user(many posts) the search engines actually ignore your posts and do not give it any priority to rise to the top of the list. I don't know what the thresholds are or their algorithm is to make your posts relevant. Needless to say, it wasn't worth my time to build up a social media presence to get those few posts to register. I had to email Adafruit directly to get them to notice my posts. I do not know if those tools pixlr has are tuned that way too.

This is also definitely not the case here, I posted this using my Pinterest account, which I use quite frequently. But, when searching for the hashtag in Pinterest's own search engines, it doesn't show up, not even when I select to show my own pins.

supereric (author)  emilyvanleemput3 months ago

Okay, thank you. That is a huge help. The short answer here is thatPinterest doesn't index their site as often as they should. We generally see results from Pinterest after a delay of many hours. So, the lavender origami bird you posted (that particular one has a time stamp from 2 hours ago) may take up to 24 hours to appear in search. But we're very committed to checking these results regularly (a few times each day for each platform).

Ah, that explains a bit more, but then I still wouldn't get why my first entry, posted last Sunday I think, still isn't showing up.

supereric (author)  emilyvanleemput3 months ago

emilyvanleemput, I wanted to let you know that your entries showed up on Pinterest search. As I feared, it just took time for them to index their site. I'm thankful that this isn't a larger problem, and it's always good for us to make sure our processes are working. So, thanks again for bringing it up. And good luck in the contest!

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supereric (author)  emilyvanleemput3 months ago

emilyvanleemput, I wanted to let you know that your entries showed up on Pinterest search. As I feared, it just took time for them to index their site. I'm thankful that this isn't a larger problem, and it's always good for us to make sure our processes are working. So, thanks again for bringing it up. And good luck in the contest!

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supereric (author)  emilyvanleemput3 months ago

emilyvanleemput, I wanted to let you know that your entries showed up on Pinterest search. As I feared, it just took time for them to index their site. I'm thankful that this isn't a larger problem, and it's always good for us to make sure our processes are working. So, thanks again for bringing it up. And good luck in the contest!

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supereric (author)  emilyvanleemput3 months ago

That doesn't sound good. I appreciate you bringing this up. I'm going to do some digging to make sure there are no holes in this process. There may be a simple explanation for it, but I want to try and find out for sure. I was able to find your stuff with a little sleuthing, but hash-tagged content should easily show up in Pinterest — especially with a hashtag that is very unique and specific.

supereric (author)  caitlinsdad3 months ago

No offense meant, but I disagree with this statement, caitlinsdad. I see many people create Twitter accounts just to enter our contests. I see their posts. Each social networking service offers their own version of search, and some third-party services exist solely to provide these kinds of search results and use the APIs of these services to dig very deep (e.g., Webstagram). While it is true that you won't find these results in Google searches, there are countless ways to search social networks that may not be apparent to casual users.

supereric (author)  emilyvanleemput3 months ago

Which service have you posted your entry to, emilyvanleemput?

I used Pinterest for my entry

supereric (author)  emilyvanleemput3 months ago

These hashtag contests are a little different than contests on Instructables because they live out there on social networks. We'll definitely see your entry if you use both hashtags. We have tools to do pretty comprehensive searches across the social networks that we're monitoring.

(Meant to also say that if anyone is interested, we have a FAQ here, too: http://imadeitpixlrcontest.com/faq)

ThisIsSteve3 months ago

Here's my entry

Feel free to criticize it.

supereric (author)  ThisIsSteve3 months ago

The link doesn't seem to work for me, so double check that if you can.

The link worked fine when I tested it, must be a bug or something.

Hears the link http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Robot-V2-Fast/

supereric (author)  ThisIsSteve3 months ago

Okay, thank you. Very nicely done project.

Shlok G4 months ago

I am an Indian. Am i eligible to take part in this (pixlr imadeit) contest

supereric (author)  Shlok G3 months ago

Hey, Shlok. Not all countries are able to participate, but you can, and we have awarded prizes to people from India in past contests. You can check out all the rules on our rules page for the contest here. Good luck!

Shlok G4 months ago

I am an Indian. Am i eligible to take part in this (pixlr imadeit) contest

Shlok G4 months ago

I am an Indian. Am i eligible to take part in this (pixlr imadeit) contest