Nerdfighters: Made of Awesome

Nerdfighters.jpg

I must confess, though recent to Nerdfighters I am a longtime nerd. And I am really excited about a network who has a Forum named My Pants. After all, who doesn’t want to discuss Oboe Playing Nerdfighters….in My Pants?

For those of you not hip to the un-hip, Nerdfighters is a community built up around the brothers Green, who made a pact to communicate with each other only by video blog, or vlog, for the entire year of 2007. Though initially seen as a way to promote their respective products, Brotherhood 2.0 blossomed into a global phenomenon, for nerds into Happy Dances and Peepwine punishments.

Nerdfighters is a relatively new component of the Nerdfighter Empire, that allows members of the community to collaborate and participate with photos, blogs, and even songs. Not only can members upload their videos to Nerdfighters, but Hank and John can embed their highly rated YouTube videos as well.

The Nerdfighters’ network of awesome will allow even more compilations like the Happy Dance Project, in 2008:

My colleague Evan took some time to ask Nerdfighter cocreator, Hank Green, about their network on Ning. Read on for more!

Tell us about yourself and where you’re from.

My brother and I run the network together, we both grew up in Orlando, Florida. Now I live in Montana and he lives in Indianapolis. John writes young adult novels (the award winning Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines.) I run EcoGeek.org, an environmental technology blog. A year ago we started a video blog together, and during that vlog, John created the concept of the Nerdfighter, a person who is proud of their nerdiness…and will use their brains to fight for a better world.

Why did you create the network?

For the Nerdfighters, of course. Our year-long, Brotherhood 2.0 project ended, and it became quite obvious that this thing was bigger than just us. So we wanted to make nerdfighting a more collaborative, community-based thing. Ning was absolutely perfect.

What’s your favorite feature?

I really love the way I can promote member content to the main page. We have it set up so that the blog is the featured element of the page, and over half the blog posts are promoted member posts. People get really excited when their posts get promoted, and already people are using it to organize awesome projects and gatherings.

What’s been the most surprising thing you’ve encountered?

Most people are 100% comfortable with the interface right away. They want to participate in the community, comment on each other’s profiles, create content and customize. I knew Ning would let them do all of these things, but I can’t believe the percentage of people who are actually doing it!

What are you future plans for the network?

We would like to use the power of nerds to make the world a better place. It’s a short term and long-term goal, and I think the Ning network is going to play a big part in it.

If you would like to be a part of the Nerdfighter future, be sure to check out Nerdfighters: Made of Awesome.

About the Author:

Laura Gluhanich – who has written posts on Ning's Official Blog on Social Networking Sites.