Microsoft’s “It’s not cheating” Facebook competition – chance to win a Smartphone and XBOX360

Microsoft’s “It’s not cheating” Facebook competitionStarting from today, Microsoft Australia is hosting a Facebook competition to promote the “It’s not cheating” $75 Office discount for students in Australia.

Basically, they’re outsourcing asking a bunch of Microsoft Student Partners, interns and Microsoft bloggers to help them get the word out by setting up groups on Facebook. The person who can draw the most people to their Facebook group at the end of the specified period wins a bunch of prizes.

But by now you must be thinking I’m trying to suck you into this right? Sort of, although I want to turn the idea on its head. Instead of the host (in this case, me) reaping the rewards of what is basically a collective effort, I want to share the prizes with you.

So this is my proposition. By the end of the competition, if this group wins the competition with the most users, I’ll randomly pick a person from the group (besides myself of course) and ask Microsoft to send the prize to that person. Alternatively, I could also impersonate that person but I’m not very good with accents. If Microsoft refuses to do so, I’ll claim the prize and send it to the ‘winner’ myself shipping and handling included. They didn’t say the winner has to be in Australia, so everyone’s invited.

The prizes include a HTC S310 Smartphone (awarded on 14 February 2008) and a XBOX360 bundle with 3 games (awarded on 5 May 2008). They’re not Academy Awards Goody Bag standard but free is free right?

If you like the sounds of the idea, add your name to the “It’s Not Cheating” competition group.

Invite some friends to bump up the numbers a bit, but maybe not all of them to keep the chances on your side. If all else fails, there’s still a billion people in China and they’re always up for a freebie.

13 insightful thoughts

  1. Wow. I really wish there was a more reduced cost for Office programs, for everybody.

    Personally, I’d find most Office program should cost about $20 each.

  2. I really feel sad when things don’t cross Australia…Me in New Zealand 🙁

    I would like to see Microsoft giving similar kind of offer for New Zealand students too. Atleast they could combine AUS and NZ!

  3. Maybe I’ll get a 2nd Xbox out of Microsoft 🙂

    I’m not entering my own group – simply because I dont know enough people to compete properly – so I’m more than happy to support Long in this.

  4. Great offer from Microsoft for Uni students – cheap software – get ’em hooked for life !! I was going to promote it more – but the “Golden Blog” competition is limited to students only (so I can’t win the $10,000 or HP laptop).

    Hopefully – I can (finally) get ahold of an XBox-360 ! (Pick me, pick me !!) 🙂

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