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Adios Akoha! The End of an Era of Kindness and Sharing

Akoha.com…the kindest, friendliest Montreal Start Up that could…until it couldn’t any more.

Akoha.com was founded by Austin Hill & Alex Eberts. They and other Akoha staff members, Mark MacLeod (VP Finance), Juan Pablo Di Lelle (Director of Engineering) and Alain Wong (Community Manager), practiced what they preached about Akoha, and could be found playing fun & friendly Missions on the site with other Akohans from around the world.

On Tues. Aug. 2, Akoha.com announced to its Community Users that after 3 years of operation Akoha.com would close its doors on August 15, 2011. Which is today. And I am sad. This is the end of an era of kindness….and sharing.

There are so many ways to describe Akoha.

In Akoha’s own words:
“Akoha is…a community of people who do fun things that make a positive difference. Engage in Akoha missions, give praise to others and earn rewards.”
– from Akoha.com

My journey with Akoha began in a funny way. I first heard about Akoha.com through a job posting I had come across and applied for. I was too late to apply for the job – the position was already filled. But I joined this site out of curiosity and soon became hooked!

Akoha went through different iterations through-out its 3 years. When I joined the site was still in its Beta stage and not yet open to the general public.

Akoha first began with playing Missions that were on a physical deck of cards. You could only join the site if you bought a deck – or if someone gave you a card. You had to enter the confirmation number from a card to enter & sign up to the site.

So the playing of Akoha was definitely based in real-time. The idea was to do an act of kindness (an Akoha Mission) and then Paying It Forward, by passing the card & Mission to someone else you hoped would keep playing.

Akoha went through many changes and versions until the cards were gone and the Missions were more universally played on a virtual or real-time level. At the time, I remember wondering where the revenue would come from, since Akoha no longer benefited from the playing card revenue. That’s where the money from Angel investors came in. But one day, that revenue just wasn’t enough and Akoha decided to call it a day.

While it lasted, Akoha was a very happy place to hang out with fellow Akohans. You could invite your real-time friends to join or share kind words with Akohans around the world.

The last iteration of Akoha.com was very Social Media savvy, with ties to Twitter, the blogosphere, and Facebook. The last look of Akoha was very Facebook-like, with status updates, the ability to send messages, and the ability to either tweet or share on Facebook Akoha Missions or Akoha status updates.

But foremost Akoha was about its Akohan Community. All the people who used the site.

We shared tasty dishes we had tried locally, shot photos of our world and planet, talked about great movies we had seen, spoke about special causes…and even shared a kind word when we knew one of our regular Akohan players, Bena, was sick.

And here are some of my fellow Akohan friends:

nish  CaroladieHausfrau Holia Ajanta mgkhanduja teddybelle ForwardMotion gaiachi emilee Humanitas Xooberon ankmom Alex_Ionescu Bena Mystical_Traveler jasonbackus littlecatalyst AshleyNewton91 Gyrxiur  yourstruly kikarose SFvroom jessa mikarlo rottifan4 trinie ButterflyGram EmKaBe  JanMichael 718Digital meredith TheJem JoMontreal kevpdx rwarren OneHundredJobs claudiap adamhirsch adelemcalear sharonmcrae JeromeParadis  cmazur EvelyneB Releanna ABartelby kereena Drakurius Artcore1 forcione KimVallee  101ofawolf brentfbarrett LiseArsenault mannaz  newton64 Angelight Aboheler 86400 acriley jia zinou  georgefavvas simon girltm jdilelle cnemri alex austinhill alainwong  erikwright  nish  debo harshad672 kitao teddybelle gaiachi emilee Xooberon

My apologies if I’ve left anyone out.

A special mention to:
jdilelle
– also known as Juan Pablo Di Lelle (Director of Engineering) for Akoha.com
– also known as the Ninja Hamster
– the friendliest Akohan player in all of akoha.com
– always ready to share a Mission with any Akohan around the world!

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My final Akoha stats:

profile:
I love to read, write, do a little photography and I’m fascinated by synchronicity. One thing I like to do for fun is organize monthly events in my community. It’s an awesome feeling to bring new people together. I like to see where the universe takes me on my travels. 🙂 “What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” ~ Aristotle “This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” ~ Rumi Looking for someone to play an Akoha Mission with? Feel free to play with me. 😀

Member since Oct. 8, 2009

Player Level: Fanatic
106 Missions, 11 Awards, 114 Gifts, 51 Tokens

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Here are the Categories for Akoha Missions:

  • Silly Fun!
  • Travel & Discovery
  • Fun with Friends
  • Culture Vulture
  • Social Causes
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Family Time!
  • Inspiration
  • Green Living

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Akoha inspired me to write 2 Akoha-related blogs:

Akoha.com’s Official blog:
http://blog.akoha.com/

Akoha.com’s closure was all over the news and Twitter.

Brian Jackson, Associate Editor at ITBusiness.ca, wrote two articles about the shut-down of Akoha, which he tweeted:

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My most favorite Akoha Mission that I played & created:
100th Akoha Mission:

My most favorite Akoha Mission that I played & created:
100th Akoha Mission

Category:  Inspiration
Difficulty:  Medium
Requires:  A story and one or more photos

Created by: AuroraD

 Do something special for your 1ooth akoha mission!
To complete this mission:

Do something special to commerate your 1ooth Akoha Mission & be sure to use/create/shoot/videotape something with the Number 100 in it!

~ Bake a cake with 100 on it in icing or candles
~ Write a list of 100 things about you & blog it
~ Videotape yourself talking about how it feels to accomplish your 100th Mission…
and lots, lots more!

Be sure to take a photo or screenshot of your Mission.
Use your imagination. 🙂

And here is my Mission play for it:

100th Akoha Mission

Played by AuroraD with AuroraD, akoha and jdilelle April 24, 2011

Well, recently I hit a landmark of having completed “100 Akoha Missions”. And I had created a special Mission on Akoha called “100 Akoha Missions” , where Akohans do something special to commemorate hitting this special achievement.

What would be better to celebrate my 100th Akohan Mission than a blog about 100 blessings? Akoha is all about appreciating the small moments in life…and so here are my 100 blessings, that I am grateful for.

https://animablueoasis.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/100-blessings/ 

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And some special Akohan Missions at the end of the day:

Save Akoha Mission:

Category:  Social Causes
Difficulty:  Easy
Requires:  A story

Created by: Humanitas

Create ideas to save akoha

To complete this mission:

Okay, so I was cleaning the bathroom today and I realized that there are many ways to say Akoha who is struggling to stay online.

Your mission is to come up with creative ways to get the expenses paid. With all of our brain power, I’m sure we can come up with a way. So post away and let Akoha hear your voice!

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Keep In Touch Akohans:

Category:  Fun with Friends
Difficulty:  Easy
Requires:  A story

Created by: Humanitas

Leave ways on how to keep in touch

To complete this mission:

Okay, I saw the email…major bummer!

Yet we can still be friends, right?

So if you still want to be friends, leave your contact info on this mission. If you feel uncomfortable, leave an inbox message to those you want to keep in contact with.

Don’t break this chain!

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Shutdown Sadness:

Category:  Inspiration
Difficulty:  Easy
Requires:  A story

Created by: art2010
What you love to share with akohans!

To complete this mission:

Akoha shutdown 0n 15th August 2011. How shocking?
How You enjoyed being here.
Sad?

And the Shutdown Sadness Mission shall be my last Akoha Mission, featuring this very blog:
http://akoha.com/missions/mission/629/.

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Akohans, showing true Akoha spirit, have started special Akohan projects, where people can continue to play & interact in Akohan ways:

Bena’s Akohan Yahoo Group:
http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/akohacommunity/

Nish’s Akohans Wall site:
http://akohans.wall.fm/

Adios Akoha! Vaya con dios, amigos & amigas!
See you on the other side of the Akohan wall.

Anima Blue 😀

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Acts of Kindness, The Akoha “Read A Blogger, Feed a Blogger” Mission and CheapEthnicEatz.com

My friends who know me may have noticed I have been mentioning a little thing called “Akoha” a lot lately. It’s a social reality game that has just got me hooked.

How would you like to play a game where you do nice things for people (called Missions…sounds kind of fun & spy-like no? lol), earn karma points, and have friends “play it forward”, by doing nice things for other people in return?

Well then, welcome to Akoha!
That’s what Akoha.com is all about.

Oh and here is another neat thing about Akoha:
What if playing a game could make the world a better place?

Playing Akoha missions can be fun and meaningful. As part of the Akoha  play testing phase, Akoha has adopted a school project with Room to Read. After the Akoha community completes 25,000 missions, Akoha will sponsor a Room to Read school in Nepal on behalf of the Akoha player community. Now your completed missions can not only lead to everyday adventure, but also benefit a great cause.

So far I’ve introduced a few people to Akoha and have been having fun racking up karma points in many different ways.

But one of the most fun Akoha “Missions” I’ve done to date, involved taking my good friend and fellow Meetup Organizer Evelyne, out to lunch with the “Read A Blogger, Feed a Blogger” Akoha Mission.

Since Evelyne’s Cheap Ethnic Eatz blog is one of my favorite blogs, who better to invite out to lunch than a foodie blogger? 🙂

Evelyne and I went to Los Clásicos, a very tasty and affordable Mexican restaurant on St. Laurent, in Montreal. We feasted on tasty guacamole (that I had been craving a lot lately), and tasty tacos filled with chicken and porc and other wonderful things. It was a lovely place. Homey décor with soft Spanish music playing in the background. Since we went for lunch, the place was pretty quiet. It was a great lunch, with great company.

Cheap Ethnic Eatz is a blog as well as a Meetup Group, that meets on a regular basis to sample cheap and ethnic meals in the Montreal area. I am a proud member of this enormously popular cheap and ethnic meals group that Evelyne had started some time ago. The Cheap Ethnic Eaters are a happy gang of foodies where I’ve met some awesome people and made some good friends, while trying an array of tasty places in town.

Evelyne’s Cheap Ethnic Eatz blog grew out of her Cheap Ethnic Eatz Meetup Group and it’s where she (and other guest bloggers) have posted restaurant reviews of places tried by the group, along with tasty recipes and other entertaining food-related subjects that Evelyne blogs about on a regular basis.

I had a great time interviewing Evelyne about her Cheap Ethnic Eatz blog and group, and videotaping it for the “Read A Blogger, Feed a Blogger” Akoha Mission, to share it with the Akoha, Meetup, and internet Communities.

So enjoy watching Evelyne in our video and buen provecho, food lovers!

Anima Blue 🙂


Video Montage: The Flow
Following the flow of the universe, with a photo montage I created. The song is "Twisted Hair" by Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble, featuring the sublime operatic voice of Sioux singer Bonnie Jo Hunt, who sings over the sound of crickets.
Also posted on youtube:

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