Scanning QR Codes is Key in Panem October

Please scan my ID with your smart phone or iPod.

Fans flooded Panem October last night, crashing the server with heavy traffic. But after waiting over an hour, the site resolved its server problem (as the District 3 citizens were threatened with a whipping) and anxious fans started exploring the site. 

I was one of many who turned to my iPhone to access it initially. I was able to write on Peeta's and Katniss's walls and "friend" some of the others who made it on.

It was clear right away, though, that our ID cards--and the QR codes, specifically--were going to play an important role on this site. When I tried to access the District 5 homepage, this is what appeared:

District 5 Citizens...we need more scans!

The key to unlocking these pages will be based on how many scans you tally, much like TheCapitol.pn's requirement of "expedite" requests. See the explanation, below. This is what appears when you click on your ID card. Before I saw this page I thought we individually had to earn 30,000 scans to access our district's homepage. But it seems we can pool our scans. So if you haven't yet, please scan my code above, or below. Scanning will take you to my profile page. If you can't scan, you can access it here: MrsOrman on Panem October.  (Many thanks!)

UPDATED: For those that do not have a smart phone or iPod, you can use this website to paste the url of the image you want scanned: http://miniqr.com/reader.php  Please note that it won't work for Facebook images and you must click on the image so it is on its own url. For example, if you click on my code above, copy the url (which will be http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2EryX0AB7w8/ToctKlSMYHI/AAAAAAAAAxw/u09bIHAO2Iw/s1600/TraceeOrmanPanemOctoberScanQR.png) then paste that into  http://miniqr.com/reader.php and hit submit. It will bring up a page with the data (mine brings up this page: http://miniqr.com/8a514). You need to click on the link that says "yes" after the person's name: http://www.panemoctober.com/citizen/mrsorman/yes.  That brings you to their profile page. The only way it works is if you view their profile page. Then you can "add" them as a friend. Good luck!

SCANNING UPDATE (Oct. 6): The mobile scanning will not be 100% until tomorrow, according to Rowan. So be patient; hopefully come Oct. 7th they will be functioning properly.

I'm also intrigued about the special opportunities and additional items that are offered as incentives for citizens with the most scans. Further down, you can see that "Jack" is a favored citizen in Panem right now.

The site itself is much like Facebook, as you can "friend" other citizens and you see their status updates on your home page. You can also write on their walls. When you click on "Places" you can visit the Capitol's site, which has information about President Snow and the history of the Hunger Games, shown below:
The Capitol's website. Love the colorful banner.
History of the Hunger Games.
President Snow's bio.
I will keep exploring to see how we teachers can use this site to engage our students. Right now, I'm just trying to scan as many IDs to unlock the other pages. If you aren't registered yet, you can scan and register on your smart phone or iPod Touch. You can download a free QR Code App to read the scans.And don't forget to scan mine (just in case you missed it!):

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