Twitter contests are a hot trend in sweepstakes, with lots of prizes being given away. And because they're so new, not many people are entering them, which means that your odds of winning can be much higher. Learn how to enter and win Twitter contests with this guide.
What Is Twitter?
Twitter is a micro-blogging platform, which means that anyone can post updates ranging from what they ate for breakfast to tips on succeeding in business to breaking news to, yes, chances to win with Twitter contests.
The difference between Twitter and other blogging platforms is that Twitter updates come in bite-sized chunks of 140 characters or less.
What I love about Twitter is that I can find out about a ton of Twitter contests and regular sweepstakes very easily.
How to Sign Up for TwitterTo take advantage of most Twitter contests, you'll need to have a Twitter account. Luckily, a Twitter account is free and easy to start. Here's how:
- Visit Twitter.
- Click on the button that says, "Get Started -- Join!"
- Enter your name, the username you want to use on Twitter, a password and email address, and answer the CAPTCHA. Then click "Create account" to continue.
- If you want, you can enter your email address and password to see if your contact list is on Twitter, or click on "Skip this step" to move on without giving Twitter access to your contact list.
- If you want, you can start following some other people on Twitter, or click on the "Skip this step" link to find people to follow on your own.
- Now you're done! You can get started by making your first tweet, or you can click on the "Find People" link to start following others. Be sure to follow me, @contestsguide, for contest tips and information.
Twitter Dictionary - Twitter Terms to KnowPeople who use Twitter have their own jargon. It's helpful to know some common Twitter terms and etiquette when you start.
Why Do URLs on Twitter Look So Strange?If you look through Twitter posts, you'll see that a lot of links look something like this: http://bit.ly/ijLHe
Links that start with bit.ly or tinyurl have been shortened to save precious space in that 140-character limit that Twitter imposes. If you want to know more, here is some more information on URL Shorteners from PC World.
More Twitter Contest Information on the Next Page
OK, now that you've gotten started with Twitter, continue on to the next page for how to find and enter Twitter contests.