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Buying an Apple Watch for 7USD

For DrupalCon Amsterdam, Srijan ran a competition with the prize being an Apple Watch 5. It was a fun idea. Try to get a screenshot of an animated GIF slot machine showing 3 matching logos and tweet it.

Try your luck at @DrupalConEur Catch 3 in a row and win an #AppleWatchSeries5. To participate, get 3 of the same logos in a series, grab a screenshot and share it with us in the comment section below. See you in Amsterdam! #SrijanJackpot #ContestAlert #DrupalCon

I entered the competition.

I managed to score 3 of the no logo logos. That's gotta be worth something, right? #srijanJackpot

The competition had a flaw. The winner was selected based on likes.

After a week I realised that I wasn’t going to win. Others were able to garner more likes than I could. Then my hacker mindset kicked in.

I thought I’d find how much 100 likes would cost. A quick search revealed likes costs pennies a piece. At this point I decided that instead of buying an easy win, I’d buy a ridiculous number of likes. 500 likes only cost 7USD. Having a blog post about gaming the system was a good enough prize for me.

Receipt: 500 likes for 7USD

I was unsure how things would go. I was supposed to get my 500 likes across 10 days. For the first 12 hours I got nothing. I thought I’d lost my money on a scam. Then the trickle of likes started. Every hour I’d get a 2-3 likes, mostly from Eastern Europe. Every so often I’d get a retweet or a bonus like on a follow up comment. All up I got over 600 fake likes. Great value for money.

Today Sirjan awarded me the watch. I waited until after they’ve finished taking photos before coming clean. Pics or it didn’t happen and all that. They insisted that I still won the competition without the bought likes.

The prize being handed over

Think very carefully before launching a competition that involves social media engagement. There’s a whole fake engagement economy.

Snakker du englesk?

The title will become my most used phrase over the next couple of weeks. As I bash this out, I am on the train to catch a flight to Bergen, Norway. Over the next 2 and a bit weeks I will be meeting with Sigurd and the guys from Resight to discuss the project and the next stage of development.

I will be making a side trip to Hamburg, Germany to attend the PHP Unconference on the 26/27th April. As it is an unconference, the program isn't decided, but the attendees list looks interesting.

During this trip I have decided to give twitter a try. I have had an account for almost a year, but never used it. When travelling I want to blog, but usually don't have the time, now I don't have an excuse. You can keep up on what I am doing via my twitter stream.

In more web 2.0 compliance news, I have started using my flickr account. I have installed the flick posting client on my N95. Combine that with the location tagger, it should be easy to keep track of what I was doing when and where.

At this stage I won't be linking either service into my RSS feed, but that may change if I really like them.

PS Watch this space for some geek posts in the coming weeks. I hope to blog about my new Dell D830 running AMD64 Ubuntu Hardy once I get all the issues resolved.