It dawned on me the other day. Twitter has changed my life!
My new philosophy is, if you want something, tweet about it, and you just might get it. It's the whole "ask, and ye shall receive" mentality. I received free concert tickets after tweeting that it was sold out. I've gotten work just by saying that I needed it. You just never know who's reading, and people are often happy to help if they can.
The BEST part is the Twitter contests. Depending on how widespread a contest is, you can often find yourself against minimal competition. You may be at the right place at the right time for the right tweet. I won golf, wine tasting, and a hotel stay, just by being up early enough on a Sunday to answer a trivia tweet.
Not long ago, there were two Twitter contests that went viral fast: Squarespace's offer for a free iPhone, and Moonfruit's offer for a free MacBook. Both required that you use their name with a hashtag (#squarespace, #moonfruit) within one tweet per day. The contests were such a success, they became trending topics on Twitter, with thousands playing each day.
While updating my website, I stumbled across a new way of finding Twitter contests hosted by TwitThis. The contest page lists any current contests, tells you who to follow, and enters you into the contest by automatically sending a tweet to your Twitter account.
Current Twitter contests include:
Win an Apple iPhone 3GSs from Brian Norgard (2 to give away)
Contest Info: twitthis.com/contests/briannorgard
Win a Flip Mino HD video camera from Shoemoney (10 to give away)
Contest Info: twitthis.com/contests/shoemoney
For more TwitThis contests, visit twitthis.com/twitter-contests