Ignite the Fuego! The race to 100,000 fans

bluefuegoformulaLast month, Brad Ward and Joe Gaylor over at bluefuego.com released a report comparing over 1,000 universities and colleges across the U.S. on the bases on overall fan count, growth rate, and other data, including a "Total Engagement" formula similar to Facebook's own Post-Quality Rating (but much more straight-forward). The report almost immediately inspired some friendly competition between LSU and Texas A&M for the most Facebook fans - and now BlueFuego wants to up the ante. To help "Ignite the Fuego," BlueFuego has announced that it will donate 1 penny per fan to the first school to achieve 100,000 fans on Facebook (for a total of 100,000 pennies, or $1,000). The contest takes advantage of the power and natural virality of school spirit, with the leading schools' pages all joining in the competition, encouraging students and other fans to spread the word. To further help users spread the word, BlueFuego has set up a live Facebook feed on their site from which you can publish a status about the competition, which will in turn link back to BlueFuego's site. You can also receive real-time updates on the top schools' progress by following their Twitter feed @bluefuego. With students heading back to school over the next month, this competition is bound to heat up quickly - does you school have a shot? You can view the top 5 contenders and their fan counts here. Don't forget to check out their webinar series on the original fan page data!