A couple of months ago I added a registration page to help track who was downloading my academic manuscripts, research reports, and surveys related to word-of-mouth marketing communication.
On the registration page I ask people for their name, institution, and e-mail address. Everytime somebody registers I get an e-mail with this information. Interestingly, my busiest days yet were January 19th and January 20th, 2006, which corresponded with the release of my "To Tell Or Not To Tell?" report on the role of disclosure in organized word-of-mouth marketing programs (over 200 registrations on those two days alone!).
In an attempt to respect people's legitimate concerns for privacy, and realizing that some people might feel "put off" by the idea of having to register, I made it clear that people didn't have to enter their real name and could blatantly make up information (as if they needed my permission!).
A lot of people just started entering "asdf" since that's one of the easier key combinations on a QWERTY keyboard. This was fine, but I got a bit bored by these, so I invited people to surprise me and make up some creative entries. I promised I would post the most innovative ones.
The response has been wonderful and I've pasted in my Top 10 below and even included some "honorable mentions." Feel free to comment and say if you would rank them different.
TenObviously I don't know who you are but thanks to everyone for having a little fun! :-)
(ha ha ha, not very clever, but we'll give you the 10 spot.)
Name: Last minute assignment material
Name: Donald Duck
Instutition: Duck and Roll
Name: I love Boston
Institution: Mass Art
Institution: University of Nothing
Name: Col. Mustard
Institution: Clue Research
Institution: Liars Inc.
Name: Josephina Blow
Institution: Bubble Gum Heiress
Name: Malcalypse the Elder
Institution: Discordian Society
Name: Buster, Keaton (not Dolly)
Institution: Bound for Trains
Institution: Walt Disney