My Musings

November 1, 2010
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Free sh!t I have scored from Twitter

Some of my posts have been accused of being a little dry recently. So, in an effort to increase my attractiveness to my target key demographic of my housemate Sam, I’ve decided to blog on something that will interest a broader base of reader. That topic is:

FREE SHIT I HAVE SCORED OFF TWITTER

(..and other Social Media channels)

OK, Sam probably still won’t read this (the word Twitter appears above), however people love getting something for nothing right? Plus I swore in the post title; that’s edgy and cool. Yeah this one’s going to be a winner.

Despite considering myself someone who keeps pretty up-to-date with new stuff online, I’ve only recently become a Twitter convert. Don’t get me wrong, I tried it out when it was first released, but I just couldn’t find any value. I gave it another shot after attending my first Social Media Club Melbourne, and despite lingering concerns around any real value the tool provides, I haven’t looked back since.

One of the cool things I’ve found as a fresh “Tweep” is organisations that are  looking to be trendy and/or hip are flocking to this thing to give stuff away. I guess the rational is if you give your crap to the Social Media crew, they’ll retweet and discuss it ad nauseum, and then BAM you’ve generated the perfect product buzz your “snuggie for dogs” was craving.

Side-note: Arriving at the above sentence I focused on thinking of the most absurd product possible, eventually coming up with Snuggie for Dogs. Imagine my shock when I found I wasn’t the first person to think up this ridiculous concept.

Unfortunately, as I followed ‘dog accessories that should not exist’ further down the rabbit hole, matters only got worse. In a confused daze I found myself here, looking at what I can only describe as a fleshlight for dogs. Obviously this requires a post of it’s own, so in the interest of getting back on track, I’ll simply leave you with this eye scaring image for now:

So exactly what have my generous online benefactors gifted me? Read on!

Tickets to the film Chole

Giftor: Vice Mag

Won on: Facebook

Challenge: Write an answer to a question you ask yourself in your head

Answer: Cleveland Steamer

Quality of Gift: 2.5 Blue Birds

Notional gift value: $30

Film about a hot chick who sleeps with some people. I think she was a prostitute or something. The guy from Taken was in it. I got a choctop (but I had to pay for that).

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Free beer and a copy of Windows 7

Giftor: Microsoft

Won on: Twitter

Challenge: Sit through 30 minutes of discussion on how awesome IE9 is going to be

Quality of Gift: 4 Blue Birds

Notional gift value: $200

Hey there big spenders at Microsoft! The neckbeards were out in force for this IE9 launch party. Microsoft hired out a bar function area, and got some blogger in to talk about how IE9 was going to change everything. Beer was served, and they ran a competition asking us to tweet in answers to IE9 questions. I got one right, so they gave me a copy of Windows 7 ultimate. I sold it on eBay for $140.

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Tickets to La haine w/ Score by Dexter

Giftor: Vice Mag

Won on: Facebook

Challenge: I have no idea what I did for these

Quality of Gift: 4 Blue Birds

Notional gift value: $40

Vice Mag steps up to the plate again with tickets to Le haine as part of the Melbourne Festival. This was actually really cool. They had DJ Dexter (from The Avalanches) perform the score live on turntable while the film ran. Great film too.

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The Social Network – Melbourne Premier

Giftor: Think Tank Media

Won on: Twitter

Challenge: Beg and plead until someone gave me one

Quality of Gift: 3 Blue Birds

Notional gift value: $30

Initially I had written off my chances of getting into this event. I had chided Think Tank Media (a supposed social media expert, pushing a movie about Facebook for a prize) for contravening Facebook’s new competition rules for Fan pages. He deleted my post.

On the day of the premier I decided to send a call out to Twitter for a ticket, and one materialised. I ended up not being able to find anyone to attend with, so like a Nigel Nofriends, I went to the movies on my own.

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Depends Adults Disposable Briefs

Giftor: Depends (and my housemates)

Won on: N/A

Challenge: Sign-up each other for the most useless free shit we can convince corporations to give us

Quality of Gift: 1 Bird

Notional gift value: <$5

My housemates got adult diapers delivered in my name. I have not found a need for them.. yet.

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Tickets to the Film The Loved Ones

Giftor: Vice Mag

Won on: Facebook

Challenge: Tell us about your worst date

Answer: Cleveland Steamer

Quality of Gift: 0 Birds

Notional gift value: $30

I won these tickets and then discovered it was for an Australian horror film. Needless to say I didn’t not attend..

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Look, it’s fair to say that Twitter and Facebook are pointless technologies breaking down the social fabric of our society and turning us into hyper-connected, Ritalin requiring, internet junkies. BUT, you cannot discount the fact that by pandering to big business, you MAY be able to convince Vice to give you a couple of free tickets to whatever movie they’re plugging that week.


1 Comment

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    Monty H

    November 1, 2010

    Hey that's a cool little bag of goodies... But you missed out on the hyper-mega-famous UBank USB! :)

    http://bit.ly/4x5lWc


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