You've all been waiting for it — quite anxiously so, it would seem — and here they finally are: the Newsvine Hottest Men & Women!
Apologies for the 2-week delay in getting this done. While it's no excuse whatsoever, some of you may know what I do and what has been going on this past week for the company I work for, and putting two and two together could give an idea of why these 90+ hour weeks have kept me a bit too pre-occupied to tally up the results and write this winner's post.
But the two weeks have passed and whew! Time to get back on track with this contest, right? Right.
So the results are in from our Final round, voting has ended (technically that happened long ago, but whatever) and the winners are:
(* the asterisks prevent Newsvine from putting these items on one line without me having to put blank lines in-between. Ignore them)
(** Ryan, apologies for incorrectly spelling your Vine name in the template that everyone copy-pasted. I hope the win makes up for it)
These are the guys and gals to keep your eyes on, people, for more reasons than one! Their Vine contributions have been as significant as their hotness, and the community has spoken thus.
Now, some interesting things I observed while running this little contest.
First, people skim — too much. Instructions have to be spelled out and repeated and even then, people are either a) too lazy, b) too involved in skimming text to read them properly or c) both. As a result, The instructions for each round were ignored a fair few times. This being a silly tongue-in-cheek contest, it wasn't a big deal, but I was still surprised by it, this being the Vine and all.
Another is the observation that some people take it too seriously. Really, this is not exactly a Nobel Prize contest — it's just a community "thing" that gives people some distraction from the endless seriousness of the site itself. It's good to just not be serious every so often, and just laugh, have fun, be silly, do whatever.
Lastly, I was glad to see it sparked a good deal of debate over what is to be considered "hot" — is it merely physical attractiveness or do things like intelligence have any influence? The consensus here on the Vine seems to be that physical hotness is merely a part of the overall hotness of a person — quality of postings, skill in writing, debating talents, respectfulness and general intelligence all have some influence as well. Some people definitely disagree with that, and that's cool — this isn't about getting the last word on what's hot or not, but more about opening up to the idea that hotness is more than just looks.
With that said, I want to thank everyone for participating — be it as entrant, voter or commentator — and I hope that you all enjoyed my little experiment in creating a community "event"!