Last updated on May 17th, 2021 at 10:40 pm
When it comes to the things that life has to offer us, I’m pretty sure that Snoop Doggy Dogg put it best:
“Ain’t no fun, if the homies can’t have none”
— Nate Dogg on Snoop Doggy Dogg’s, “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’ Have None)”, Doggystyle, 1993
Nissan Canada and #NissanNFL: The Set-Up
I was sitting around at work when I got this in a group chat on my WhatsApp:
It looks like Nissan Canada was topping off a week of Super Bowl-related generosity with a massive giveaway of a $2000 gift card to the NFL.com website:
I’m no football fan, but I knew damn well that Justin was, so—and pardon the pun (or don’t; I’m still going to say it, though!)—I knew it was game time.
Friendship is the Right Fuel for Action
There’s a difference between a stranger asking me to retweet something on Twitter and a friend asking me to do it. I follow a lot of people, and more follow me. I’ll retweet or favourite a tweet if I come across something interesting or amusing, and think nothing of it afterwards — Twitter moves at a ridiculous speed, after all!
But as a good friend of mine was asking me to do it… …well, I guess I went at it like a rabid dog with a bone!
So not only did I retweet Justin’s tweet once to my Twitter followers, I asked my Facebook friends…
…messaged my friends on Google Talk who I know are very active Twitter users; sent it to Twitter a second and third time…
…all while constantly monitoring Justin‘s competition.
When it comes to your friends and the spoils of victory, ain’t no fun if the homies get none!
Why My Homies Mean the World to Me
What may have been more important to me than anything else in 2012 was transitioning some “Twitter friends” to actual friends through creating Team Trolling—a group brought together over the simple premise of having a solid group to dine with.
You can’t have too many people, because finding good restaurants that accommodate large groups is next to impossible, and the dynamic changes completely if you have too few. So, Justin brought 8 of us together, and the rest is history. These guys make me laugh. They make me think. They make me happy to go outside of my regular stomping grounds to have a good time!
One thing to know about me is that I’m the type of guy to give the shirt off of my back to a friend if they need it. The experiences I have and the relationships I keep are far more important to me than material wealth. Than a reputation. Really, more than just about anything else the world could throw at me.
So if a friend needs help, I’m there, and I’ll do everything in my power to see them succeed!
Team Trolling for the Win!!!
In the end, our efforts did exactly what we wanted them to, with Justin almost doubling the number of retweets gotten by Graham, the first runner-up:
So while I might not yet know what’s in store for 2013, I do know this—while I might have won my share of things in 2012, 2013’s the Year of Team Trolling.
I hope you’re ready.
11 replies on “A Team Trolling Win in Nissan Canada’s NFL Giveaway”
I RT’d when I saw the CALL EM BAD NAMES, THAT IS. message, I’d missed Justin’s original Tweet. I’ve known him forever and know that $2000 from the NFL is like a new wardrobe for him 🙂
Glad you saw my call out for help 🙂 I was really happy that it turned out the way it did — I can’t think of anyone I know who’d love that much NFL swag more than Justin, yanno?
Love this! I would’ve RTed if I’d seen. So glad your friend won anyway! I’m always happy to RT to help a friend, but when the friend will win big? Feels even better.
Thanks for letting me know 🙂 Maybe I’ll tap you for some extra “people-power” in the future 😀
Yeah, I always want friends to get as much out of their lives as I do — the more I can make this happier, I believe the better it is for ALL of us.
On to the next opportunity!
I’m truly grateful for all the help you and our crew put in yesterday to make my win happen.
On the real, Team Trolling was by far the most positive aspect of 2012 in my life. So many great people came together due to seemingly random circumstances to make it happen. Now you seven are a staple of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Nah man, thank you for setting it all in motion and getting us together. I never would’ve believed that Twitter was capable of bringing such a SOLID group of friends together, and I definitely know my life is better for it.
Here’s to future adventures!!!
This is awesome! 😀 wheee! congratulations @justinbaisden:disqus 😀
lol. We’re all very happy that it turned out the way it did 🙂
Thanks for stopping by, Ria!
This is how community activation is supposed to work! Congrats to all the winners! Love when we can get behind a cause and help a friend out! Congras @justinbaisden:disqus @BeachRockInc and @SassyGirlGirlCanada…. Enjoy!!
Great post Case! xoxo
Thanks, Chris 🙂 It does really show the power of collective action rather than everyone fighting against each other, doesn’t it? The less selfish we are, the more the world comes together to see you become successful. I believe that this is true in all circumstances 🙂
The Movement may be alive yet… 😉