If you are on social media, especially Twitter, road.lk is indeed a familiar name for you. It is a free crowd sourced traffic alert service that is extremely popular in the Colombo capital, and is also gaining momentum in other parts of the country. Road.lk has plans to extend their service to the entire South Asian region in the longer run.
Whenever you tweet something related to traffic, anywhere in the country, road.lk is quick to Retweet and alert others about the current traffic situation in that region. Another impressive feature of their service is their prompt responses whenever someone inquires about traffic in a certain area. When one observes their social interaction, it is quite apparent that they are living up to the concept of proper crowd-sourced service.
We want to highlight the most active participants. In the future we may award prizes based on your position in the leaderboard or for unlocking a certain badge.
Now, they have decided to acknowledge the contributions made by the users and to give them proper recognition. They have said in their blog, “We want to highlight the most active participants. In the future we may award prizes based on your position in the leaderboard or for unlocking a certain badge.”
So how does it work?
- Each traffic alert that you send in to road.lk will worth 10 points.
- If you have already sent in a large number of traffic alerts using Twitter, you can credit them by signing into road.lk with your twitter account.
- If you already have a road.lk account, you can get credit for the traffic statuses you reported through twitter by making use of the ‘connect twitter account’ feature accessible from your profile page.
- In addition to these points, people who have regularly contributed with traffic alerts will receive badges.
- Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond badges are available to users who have sent in 10, 100, 250 and 1000 traffic alerts respectively.
- Their next plan is to introduce another set of badges for sending in photos of road hogs and for using the GPS tracker.
Here is the points table:
They have further said, “However you may still lose points and badges if you disconnect your social media accounts. If an administrator marks a traffic report as irrelevant, the points previously awarded for that alert will be deducted.”
The leaderboard can be viewed here.
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