From Connecting To Influencing

Seth Priebatsch
Seth Priebatsch

Who is Seth Priebatsch? He’s a 20-year old CEO who is redefining the world. His company, Scvngr Inc. runs scavenger hunts that are cell-phone based and he proudly declares that he is a Princeton dropout. His first venture was when he was in the 8th grade and he’s used the experience of his early years to put together a company with a strong team and a great work ethos. Maybe the support he got from his parents also helped in making him what he is today – a young entrepreneur who knows what he wants and also knows what the world wants or needs.


He titles this talk on Ted.com – one of my favourite sites - as ‘The game layer on top of the world’ and he goes on to explain how the world is moving from connecting as in social networking sites to influencing – which is what most games are about today. He also gives us a peek at how the tools used in gaming can be used for the greater good. If only our educational institutions would follow his advice! Coming from someone so young and with a great deal of authority because he knows what he is talking about – this is truly admirable.


I found this such an inspiring talk because it seeks to try and define in what direction the Internet is taking us, how it is changing our way of thinking and connecting and how it can be used to influence people. It also is an example of how young people very often think outside the box and see things more objectively and therefore more clearly than many of us.


I love the way he puts forward his viewpoint. Straight, simple, sure. And of course, in that wonderful, clipped Boston accent. :)

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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Well, well, Ted is certainly more interesting guy then I expected and topic of his speech is certainly important for everyone of us.

Future of Internet is more and more shaping future of humanity - it is important to understand that influence and use it for good.

Many hanks for sharing.


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Marketing strategy is just as influencial as peer to peer,it's all about loyalty to brand;)Nice Hub Shalini;)


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for the introduction and very interesting hub.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Yes, Tatjana - the Internet is fast becoming such a huge influence on all our lives and it's so necessary to use it for good.

Hi MA - you could be right :) Thanks for reading.

Thank you Hello, hello - always good to see you come by.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

I found that video fascinating, Shalini. I found myself trying to figure out how I could use the new game dynamic to my benefit. I don't know what accent he was speaking with, but I wouldn't call it Boston. I detected possibly some British, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, or even Australian influences. Curious!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Christoph - I stand corrected! It is fascinating, isn't it? Thanks for coming by and reading!


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Can you imagine how proud his parents are? :-))


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

Shalini, I love TED.com. Could spend an afternoon listening to all the motivational and creative speakers. Thanks for sharing this one. Ciao!

BTW, I think Christoph is right, Seth has a bit of Irish brogue working...


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words cocktail 6 years ago from Australia

:) Just hopped in to tell you that I love this hub's title:

"connecting to influencing" - wonder-full!!! I have any way mostly liked all your titles...sorry haven't read this hub and many others due to my constrained reading habit!!


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thanks Shalini..I am psyched! Gaming as the next step in communication/marketing makes so much sense. Sometimes it takes a hub like this and few words from brilliant innovators like Seth to give you that "yes of course!!" moment. Rated up and useful.


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quicksand 6 years ago

Thanks Shal, I am going to check out the video right now. :)


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Yes, De Greek - and how supportive they must have been, too!

Jai Warren - I fully agree - they have such amazing videos! Must get my ears cleaned - or I've met too many people in Boston without the 'typical' Boston accent :D

words cocktail - thank you - so much!

Green Lotus - yes, it does make so much sense, doesn't it?

quicksand - I'm sure you'll like it - great new avatar, btw:)


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quicksand 6 years ago

Great new avatar? Thanks! C'est moi!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Yes, I guessed that quicksand - and we can see all of your face now!


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quicksand 6 years ago

All? Well ... I've skillfully hidden the wrinkles and all the other representatives of father time! Ha! ha! ha! ha!


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Agree with Chris and Jai that Seth's accent is not Boston, has touches of the other influences mentioned, and also add to those the time spent at Princeton, an institution with a bit of an accent of its own. :)

I couldn't help thinking about HubPages as I listened to Seth's talk. HP contests, accolades, HubKarma, and the suggest links tool are only some of the examples that fall neatly into one or more of the four game dynamics he discusses. Looks like HP is well into constructing a share of the "game layer."

Super Hub, Shalini, and thanks for reminding me about Ted.com...I need to keep up with it more than I have.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

haha quicksand!

ST - sounded familiar - the accent - and I got it wrong!

Yes, that's a wonderful comparison - so HP is actually walking the talk!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this was fascinating, I also listened to the video and couldn't figure out the accent! but seriously it is nice to see a young person using their brains for any improvement in this way, thanks nell rated up


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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India Author

Hi Nell - yes, it is, isn't it? Thanks as always for coming by and reading!


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Hi Shalini! Haven't read you in awhile. You have moved in a new and interesting direction!

Thought you might like to know David is going to Dental School... I still appreciate your contribution to his cause last year.

I have to say that I listen to young guys like this and while I appreciate his ability to analyze the market and create new pathways, his assumptions don't hold up for me. My marketing and economic classes contained many of the same generalizations regarding human behavior. I found them lacking at a deep level, and I find his vision of the future to be similarly flawed.

I suppose I could write a hub about it, after thinking it all through over time. I do appreciate his enthusiasm and love how the new generation is claiming its place in structuring contemporary society!

Well, I guess I will check in on you in another couple months to see what is fascinating your ever active brain! Hugs, Barb


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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India Author

Hi Story - sorry I haven't been around for a while. Thanks for coming by and reading - and I'm so glad to hear about David! Here's wishing him all the best.

I agree with you that very often new analyses are very much old wine in new bottles. The reason I was taken by this was because it seemed like he was moving into a new dimension that was forming in the virtual world. Somehow I don't think he is structuring it as much as defining what is already happening - just my opinion :)

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