The goal of the homework assignment was to design a system that would create a behavior change in a group of test subjects. The behavior change that I picked was getting people to follow me on Twitter.
I guessed that if I programatically favorited people’s tweets, they would get a notification about it, and might decide to follow me. It worked, and it worked well.
Myles Recny is pretty impressive. Favorites are fare game if you ask me (read the comments if you want an insider look on Hacker News’ vitriol and anger on spam favorites, which literally makes no sense). If I had this as an assignment, I would be pretty lost.