Which Silly Music-Quiz Taker Are You?

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From Buzzfeed's "Which Classic Rock Band Are You?"
Newlin admits it's not a perfect formula. He says there's actually been feedback -- some of it quite vehement -- to quiz results.

"Oh yeah, we get that a lot, but it's almost entirely in good fun," he says. "Jason Alexander took our 'Which Seinfeld Character Are You?' quiz and got The Soup Nazi, which he joked about on Twitter. And the Star Wars quiz result cards became an internet meme, which is arguably the sincerest form of flattery."

Newlin says the quizzes Zimbio mid-January have already become a big driver to the site. About half of all its visitors in March came because of a quiz.

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Heath Childs
"For sure some of the authors who've created music-based quizzes for us, both in-house and freelance, have musical backgrounds in some capacity," notes Newlin. "Definitely. But first and foremost, they're huge fans of music and the subjects about which they're writing. You can't fake authenticity."

"The quiz 'Which David Bowie Are You?' is our most popular music-related quiz, but 'Which Beyonce Song is Your Anthem?' is a close second," he adds. "Since most of the entrances to quizzes come organically from readers sharing their results on Facebook, traditional patterns of clickability don't necessarily apply. I think the David Bowie quiz has been so successful because he has a timeless cool factor that lends itself nicely to Facebook sharing."

Newlin says the quizzes are fun, but they need some accuracy about them. Much more thought goes into building a quiz than taking one, he cautions.

"We have hundreds of quiz ideas we've not built, mainly because we haven't gotten around to them yet," Newlin says. "Our publishing platform is pretty slick and fast, but we recognize readers are spending a lot of time on these quiz pages, so we take a great deal of consideration producing them so they're done right and the experience is an enjoyable one."

As a content controller, he has obviously taken Zimbio's music quizzes. I asked if he'd been surprised by any results.

"Probably my result to the 'Which Michael Jackson Song Are You?' quiz," he admits. 'I got "Bad' when I fancy myself much more as a 'Billie Jean' sort of guy. Who writes these things?!"

Jesse tried his hand at building an original online music quiz, "Which Houston Music Venue Are You?" Try it and let him know if he was pretty correct or a clueless moron. If you've ever wondered whether your life is as exciting as an average 50-year-old's, follow him on Twitter.


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