Twitter To Limit Compers To Ten Competition Tweets a Day

Posted on: April 1st, 2011 by Jason 19 Comments

The popularity of competitions of Twitter hasn’t gone unnoticed at the micro blogging network and news reaches Loquax that they are going to be introducing new restrictions that will effect compers. At the moment compers can retweet and enter competitions via Twitter with few penalties (with twitjail the only threat for over zealous users).

However, under new guidelines compers will only be able to tweet or retweet a maximum of ten competitions a day. Any more than ten and Twitter will filter out the additional tweets from search. This will have a massive impact on Twitter competitions and compers.

The issue effects Loquax – on our @loquax feed we regularly retweet competition messages, but we’ll now be restricted to mentioning just a handful of the giveaways.

It's April 1st and This is An April Fool Blog Post

Compers will have to start being more considerate with their entries. Instead of RTing multiple times for smaller prizes (like Jason Donovan CDs) or even prizes they’re not that keen on (like Jason Donovan CDs), selectivity will be the name of the game. They’ll also need to pace themselves with their tweeting, perhaps waiting until later in the day to pick the best competitions to enter.

Promoters on Twitter will benefit from the new limits as they’ll attract more finely tuned entries. However, they may be disappointed by the number of entries they may receive and will have to think carefully about what kind of prize they offer and when (a late in the day competition may get less entries as many compers may have used up their limits whilst a Friday has loads of competitions so another day may be better). Another issue for promoters is that they may face the wrath of compers who wonder why their entries have gone AWOL.

Twitter’s aim of course is to to reduce the noise that competitions produce. A lot of RTs to win, especially on FollowFriday causes other Twitter uses to switch off! However, the reduction could also pave the way for Twitter to generate revenue by selling extra competition entry tweets to users or allowing promoters to see all entries for a price.

No doubt these restrictions will be met with annoyance and disappointment by compers. We’re especially concerned that the new rule may result in multiple accounts being created and/or people finding ways to circumvent the rules (e.g. by using different tweeting platforms).

Unfortunately Twitter are in charge and are looking at ways to improve things. This decision won’t mean the end of competitions via this medium, but a lot of compers and promoters may now look towards Facebook and other means in the future.

What do you think? Do you think the 10 competition tweets a day rule is fair? Would you pay for extra tweets? Let us know by commenting below.

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  • sheily

    Haha Hmmmmm – What day is it today ??

  • Littleboot

    I think I am no Fool.lol

  • jennor

    April Fool??

  • Jo Haigh

    That’s radical….when is this new rule being implemented? I welcome the move if Twitter can truly make it fair for all. Pay for extra competition tweets? No way! IMO pay to enter inevitably makes for an uneven playing field. I like my comps to be free and fair and if they can’t be both, at least free! 🙂

  • cfryer999

    In some ways this could be good for me, at least I wont waste precious hours RT now! I am not sure how they will monitor this but I shall wait and see!

  • niknaknoo1982

    April fools? had me going there!!!

  • chaoskay

    It better had be an april fools, I nearly went and topped myself then. I’d be devastated!!!! Pls tell me this is a prank!!!

  • reneetoby

    April Fool ! Yes ? Well Done !

  • jayanna

    Good one!

  • Jo Haigh

    Doh! I actually liked that idea! Beautifully conceived! You got me fair and square! 🙂

  • MibsXXX

    Rofl, love it, nice one

  • tiamegz

    April Fool 🙂 Nice One.lol

  • Nice to see a few people fall for it – on here, twitter and Facebook.

    The good news is that it is our April Fool for 2011. 🙂

  • felixthecat

    completely forgot it was 1st april….doh lol

  • Polarbear

    Ok now the mid-day hour has passed i can safely ask, if that means that you are in fact really a Jason Donovan fan then? or was that bit true? lol

  • It refers to Jason Donovan CDs as small prizes and prizes you’re not keen on… do you really think that means I’m a fan?

    And it’s only there as Sendit or The Hut offered it as a prize one FreebieFriday on twitter and people actually wanted to win it….

  • mackemprincess

    Lol I’ve only just read this and was gonnna fall for it till i started reading the comments…haha!….

    Oooo I use to love Jason Donavan…lol….he was the first record I ever bought!…(hmm perhaps one shud keep quiet on these things…)

  • Ennill1

    I wish it was true – I am just about fed up of twitter & facebook – maybe I am being unkind when I discover somebody from Lithuania has won a prize – I’m just a miserable looser – but time and effort spend on twitter and facebook just is not worth it – too many entries now to win a home-made cupcake/teapot cosy etc etc

    I didn’t want to win some of the prizes anyway – but as a comping addict, you do find yourself entering things when you know you won’t know what to do with them.

    And what exactly do these sites on twitter and facebook think they are getting? They may have xxxx no of followers, but that is only because we have to follow to enter the comp – do we ever keep looking at their sites? Do we ‘eck. We didn’t win, so s*d it.

    Companies running competitions, to gain exposure for their sites have a lot to learn, I’m just sticking with Loquax in future, and when the option “Where did you learn about this site?” comes up, will post “Loquax”

  • NanaVal

    Ha ha! Nearly had me believing it then! I was thinking “Oh ******! Just when i’ve worked out how to enter twitter comps!” 🙂 Very good!

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