His Twitter bot – which he isn’t naming, presumably to avoid the company killing it – was designed to duck the social network’s measures to stop automation (rate limits on how many tweets you can send, users you can follow etc.) and sought out contests to enter.
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The Python script was designed to spot original contest tweets rather than retweets from people entering them, but was still gamed by a few people who ensured that Scott won useless ‘non-prizes’ like warped Tupperware lids.
Regardless, he ended up winning around 1,000 prizes over a 9-month period. That’s not an amazing success rate when you consider that the bot took part in 165,000 competitions, but it still added up to a fairly substantial haul.
Scott didn’t actually claim a lot of the prizes, due to either lack of interest or logistical issues like getting tickets for concerts far from where he lives.
➤ Twitter contest winning as a service [Hunter Scott]