Have you ever thought about what are the odds to win anything on Twitter? Every day you come across numerous contests like “retweet to win” and maybe even take part in them and win something. Some people don’t believe in all these tricks. However one computer engineer Hunter Scott created a bot which entered every single post like this. The total number of contest was 165 thousand. Scott confirmed he had won 4 prizes per day within 9 months. The biggest part of the haul was absolutely useless and some of them he couldn’t accept. But the thing is that Scott was interested not in prizes but in the process of their winning.
The most complicated part of creating a bot was avoiding Twitter banning. This social network has some hazards for hackers. For example, it’s impossible to follow more than 2,000 people if you have a lot of followers yourself. Also the users can’t retweet too often. As we can see, Scott’s script was able to escape these traps and collect all the existing contests.
Scott claims that win rate was very low and the quality of the prizes left much to be desired. The best one was a $4,000 trip to NY fashion week but he didn’t manage to visit it. Scott’s experiment shows the random result of Twitter contests.