It’s all about Boards

Many customers have started referring to our leaderboarded instances as ‘boards’ and we agree with them. Some people started calling them ‘leaderboardeds’ and we didn’t agree with them for obvious reasons. That’s why we’re changing the name of what you create on leaderboarded from ‘leaderboards’ to ‘boards’ from today.

This reflects a deeper change in the way people use leaderboarded – to manage and display more than just a leaderboard. For instance, you can output the score as an Individual score (much like Klout does), as a leaderboard or as a Collective score (the sum total of everyone’s activity).

Individual and Collective scores can be better renderings of your lightweight gamification program as they focus attention away from competitive performance to  personal and collaborative performance.

We’ve other name changes in the pipeline too. We’ll keep you posted on the blog when they go live.

20 naming ideas for your leaderboard program

Naming a leaderboard for your community VIP program is tricky. Choosing a great name can mean the difference between success and failure.

A good name should be aspirational (people want to be in the club), informative (explain what behaviours get you into the club) and catchy (short and simple).

Some of the  leaderboard names I’ve seen work are:

  • Social Media Superstars
  • Gamification Gurus
  • AdParlor Cannes Pride  (for the top people at a conference called ‘Cannes Lions’)
  • Zoopla Property Power 100
  • Technorati (top bloggers)

So to help you choose I’ve compiled this list of 20 catchy words and ideas to make your Leaderboard zing:

  1. Heroes
  2. Stars
  3. Legends
  4. Hotshots
  5. Icon
  6. Idols
  7. Elite
  8. Elan
  9. Champions
  10. Cheeses
  11. VIPs
  12. Senior
  13. Galactic
  14. Gurus
  15. Top Dogs
  16. Top Cats
  17. Power 100
  18. Evangelists
  19. Aces
  20. Bigwigs

It’s by no means an exhaustive list, but I hope it’ll get your creative juices flowing.