EdenCafe Contests - AdSpam on Twitter to Win!?

aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
So I keep seeing these great Giveaway Contests on EdenCafe and I'm glad they recently added the option of filling out a survey regarding your experience at EF. However, the other entry options are many and they all include advertising the cafe or following EF on Twitter.

Why does someone have to not only have and use a Twitter account but basically spam advertise these contests for entry? I think it would be much cooler if they had other ways to enter... like more games, only games, or answering open ended questions about the site, your opinions on improvements or current features, etc.

It just doesn't seem fair.

I don't have a Twitter account for many reasons, and I certainly won't get one just to spam advertise things on it, even if they are things as awesome as EF contest giveaways.


Le sigh.


Anyone else have this issue?


Any suggestions on how to enter that doesn't involve Twitter, Facebook, or other seemingly banal methods of contest entering?

All input is appreciated! Thanks!

Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I have a Twitter account and have no problem with current contest entry methods
32
I have a Twitter account and I DO have a problem with current contest entry methods
20
I don't have a Twitter account and have had no problem entering and/or winning with current entry method
2
I don't have a Twitter account and I think my odds of winning with the current method are close to ZERO
25
I suggest they improve the entry method by... (see my suggestion in the posts below)
7
Total votes: 86 (80 voters)
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potstickers potstickers
It's pretty much advertising. When have you ever seen a giveaway that wasn't advertised obscenely, even in real life? The whole point of giveaways is publicity.
09/05/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
I am always one of the first ones to enter with the games, but I won't want to get a twitter, and I like to keep my Facebook for IRL friends only
09/05/2011
toxie m toxie m
I actually made a Twitter account so that I could enter the contests using that option. It wasn't really a big deal to do, and now it's so much easier to get my entries in. But yeah, like potstickers said, it's just an advertising thing. I don't do the daily entires coz I don't want to be super spamming, but I get why they have the system set up as they do.
09/05/2011
Silverdrop Silverdrop
The 'spam' entries though, allow other people to learn about the contest and enter it. I like the 'find something interesting on our site and tweet it' option better, because I actually go exploring and look at stuff I might not have seen. One week the 'something interesting' was Xtranormal videos, which are hilarious. This past week it was 'retweet a review you like' which may have helped some fellow reviewers get some comments.
09/05/2011
Misfit Momma Misfit Momma
This is a topic which has been brought up before.

It doesn't seem like spam to be. Nearly every blog giveaway includes Twitter and Facebook in their entries. If I'm getting a chance to win a prize for free, I don't see what the big deal is in helping advertise it. Honestly, advertising and driving traffic is the whole point behind holding giveaways.

It would take you 5 minutes to set up a new Twitter and Facebook account under your alias, so just because you choose not to doesn't mean it's not fair.
09/05/2011
Ace <3 Ace <3
I hate Twitter. It's stupid. I do have a Facebook, but that is mainly because I attend college 900 miles away from my hometown. It's super easy to keep in touch. I've looked at my friends Twitter page and it's just...lame. I've considered opening an account just to get some entries, but I felt like that is cheating so I didn't do it. But it's tempting. I really wish there were other ways to enter and keep the odds more even.
09/05/2011
sktb0007 sktb0007
Quote:
Originally posted by Misfit Momma
This is a topic which has been brought up before.

It doesn't seem like spam to be. Nearly every blog giveaway includes Twitter and Facebook in their entries. If I'm getting a chance to win a prize for free, I don't see what the ... More
I'd have to agree. I had a Twitter account for awhile now, and do not mind posting it to my twitter. If anything, I think it's nice to be able to share such a sweet giveaway to my twitter followers.

Also, I would feel differently if Twitter was required to enter the contest, but it is actually just a bonus entry so it is not mandatory.
09/06/2011
emiliaa emiliaa
Hahaha I have a twitter account that i've never used in my life, and i have no followers and such on, so I just spammed it for the contest. IF I cared about twitter, I agree that'd be annoying. :/
09/06/2011
indiglo indiglo
I don't have an account on any of the social networking sites, so I just never enter any of those things.
09/06/2011
Callisto Callisto
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
So I keep seeing these great Giveaway Contests on EdenCafe and I'm glad they recently added the option of filling out a survey regarding your experience at EF. However, the other entry options are many and they all include advertising the cafe or ... More
It's free advertisement so I can see why they would do it. I have a twitter account that I only use for such things. I do wish there was more skill to winning so it's not like you said.. twitter spam.
09/07/2011
That Man from Mars That Man from Mars
The only thing that bugs me is the need to have the twitter account. I really hate twitter.
09/07/2011
Valentinka Valentinka
Sorry, but I have off-topic question: do we need to fill EVERY single entry to have a chance to win or just some of them would be enough?
09/21/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Valentinka
Sorry, but I have off-topic question: do we need to fill EVERY single entry to have a chance to win or just some of them would be enough?
Every entry is an entry, so filling out every entry can increase your odds, but you don't have to fill them all out if you don't want to. At least as far as I'm aware anyway
09/21/2011
Redboxbaby Redboxbaby
I hate Twitter, Facebook and MySpace type media. I broke down and finally created an Eden profile for Facebook and shortly thereafter, we can no longer enter via Facebook (no fault of Eden's), but I absolutely refuse to set up a Twitter account or anything else. It is a huge waste of my time to enter contests for toys I have a slim-to-none chance of winning anyway. If it is a toy I really want, I will buy it. My time is worth more than the aggravation of the multiple entries, and Twits, and shares, and whatnot's daily.

More power to everyone else. I will gladly step aside and allow someone else a chance whom has the patience for all that stuff.
09/25/2011
Valentinka Valentinka
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
Every entry is an entry, so filling out every entry can increase your odds, but you don't have to fill them all out if you don't want to. At least as far as I'm aware anyway
Thanks, Sam!
09/25/2011
Rayne Millaray Rayne Millaray
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
So I keep seeing these great Giveaway Contests on EdenCafe and I'm glad they recently added the option of filling out a survey regarding your experience at EF. However, the other entry options are many and they all include advertising the cafe or ... More
Hi Alice,

The Twitter entries aren't mandatory. They're simply bonus entries for those who would like to take advantage.

We do try to do other site-related entries. For example, this week, you can enter by following OhMiBod on EdenLink, or adding some OhMiBod to your wishlist, both of which get you some extra EdenPoints for while you're entering the giveaway.

Honestly, since we began doing the weekly giveaway this way, our entries have increased exponentially. But thanks, all of you, for your suggestions. We'll take them into consideration for future contests and see if we can't find a way to make everyone happy.
11/23/2011
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
That is how giveaways work on the Internet. Because a giveaway is essentially an advertisement where OTHER people do the work.

In fact, I think that the survey is kind of silly and pointless.
11/23/2011
Rayne Millaray Rayne Millaray
Quote:
Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
That is how giveaways work on the Internet. Because a giveaway is essentially an advertisement where OTHER people do the work.

In fact, I think that the survey is kind of silly and pointless.
Hi Adriana,

Oh, I hope our contributors don't think the surveys just get filed away and never used. We look over them all, and they've have been really insightful.

We get to find out what you guys think of our various programs which helps us to know for sure what you really like and what we should be changing. This is more helpful to us than I can say.

Thanks Hope you have an awesome holiday.
11/24/2011
Peggi Peggi
I HAVE a Twitter, but I don't like to use it, I almost closed the account down until I realized I would need it for EF, but I wish there was another method.
11/26/2011
Cherry21 Cherry21
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
So I keep seeing these great Giveaway Contests on EdenCafe and I'm glad they recently added the option of filling out a survey regarding your experience at EF. However, the other entry options are many and they all include advertising the cafe or ... More
seems unfair not everyone has a twitter acct. and not everyone wants one either
11/29/2011
Sinfully Sinfully
Doesnt bother me. I have my twitter account dedicated to spam and contests anyways. lol.
11/29/2011
jmex83 jmex83
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
So I keep seeing these great Giveaway Contests on EdenCafe and I'm glad they recently added the option of filling out a survey regarding your experience at EF. However, the other entry options are many and they all include advertising the cafe or ... More
I have a twitter but rarely use it. Only for contest and giveaways
02/29/2012
Hibangel Hibangel
I feel they should include facebook at least! Not a twitter fan.
03/02/2012
Brandonn Brandonn
I almost never enter through twitter though
03/02/2012
ginas ginas
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
So I keep seeing these great Giveaway Contests on EdenCafe and I'm glad they recently added the option of filling out a survey regarding your experience at EF. However, the other entry options are many and they all include advertising the cafe or ... More
I don't have a twitter account.
04/23/2012
spineyogurt spineyogurt
I think im going to make a tiwtter account just for this
04/23/2012
ciderspider ciderspider
I've used the tweet entry option before, but I always got in trouble with Twitter for it. I never spammed, but I guess because it's a new account (seperate from my main one) it looked suspicious somehow. Now I never use it because it was a bother.
05/10/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
So I keep seeing these great Giveaway Contests on EdenCafe and I'm glad they recently added the option of filling out a survey regarding your experience at EF. However, the other entry options are many and they all include advertising the cafe or ... More
I have a twitter account just for the spamming of contests. lol.
05/14/2012
winggeddagger winggeddagger
i have a twiter account but i dont use it so i dont remember the password. my facebook is just for private friends and most of them would post pics of ho people but sex toys are an unspoken taboo.
09/25/2012
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