Category Archives: Contests

The crew attended Startup SF to catch all the fun and festivities and was lucky enough to snag an interview with Justine Ezarik (iJustine).

Our guest reporter, Allison Bethurem, chatted with the internet star about what’s new and her participation in the Sporelebrity contest held by Spore. You can check out Justine’s creature over at the Sporelebirty gallery. The winner gets $15,000 for a charity of their choice; Justine’s is the Frozen Pea Fund which we previously wrote about here.

Go vote! Oh, and watch the interview too. :)

by Michelle Lentz 

Thanks to everyone who posted in response to our question:

What emerging social media application or trend will have the biggest impact on mainstream society?

We got some fantastic answers and it really was hard to just pick two.

Congratulations to Mary Anne and to Howard, who each won one ticket to GSP East in Washington, DC, next week.

Mary Anne posted on how our communication techniques are changing with social media. Not only are we becoming more open as a society, we are also becoming more tolerant. Howard posted on the changes social media is bringing to the world of non-profits and fundrasing, including more “green” technology initiatives .

As for Mary Anne & Howard, well, I need some information from you. So check your email boxes and make sure I didn’t end up in your spam.

Thanks again to everyone! Remember, if you’re able to get to DC next week, you can still get 15% off admission to GSP East with the code gspe08bbu.

Update: It looks like Howard can’t make it. So it looks like Mary Anne and Stephanie, who posted on social trendcasting.

Events, news, apps, and more – let me know at michelle[at]writetech[dot]net, via Twitter, or via Pownce.

by Michelle Lentz

Of course, most free giveaways have a catch. In this case, it’s a contest.

At the beginning of the month, I posted on O’Reilly’s Graphing Social Patterns East. It’s a conference closer to my coast, in Washington, DC, that takes place on June 9-11. readers can save 15% off registration with the code gspe08bbu.

I still want to go. I’m not attending, but we are going to make it a bit easier for you to attend. We’re giving away two tickets to the event (you must be able to foot the bill for your travel and lodging expenses).

We’ll decide on our favorite answer to this question:

What emerging social media application or trend will have the biggest impact on mainstream society?

Be creative! All answers must appear in the comments of this post by 5 pm PST on Friday, May 30. We’ll make a decision and get back to you by Monday, June 2. Make sure you leave a valid email address in the comments.

All contests need boring rules. Here they are:

***Only one attendee per pass (two people cannot share the same pass to attend the conference on separate days).

The prize is nontransferable and non-endorsable; no cash or other substitutions will be offered. Winner cannot sell his/her pass.

The winner must cover all travel and expenses. We are just providing the tickets.

The winner must provide full name, job title, company, address, phone, and email address.

The winner consents to the use of his/her name and/or likeness for publicity, advertising, and commercial purposes, in perpetuity, without further compensation unless prohibited by law. O’Reilly Media and its agents are not responsible for lost entries for whatever reason. Entries will be disqualified if O’Reilly Media determines, at its sole discretion, that entrants have attempted to circumvent the terms and conditions of these rules. All decisions by O’Reilly Media are final.

Events, news, apps, and more – let me know at michelle[at]writetech[dot]net, via Twitter, or via Pownce.

This is kind of fun for a Saturday morning. is a search engine for online videos. It indexes all of the video sites out there. However, in the spirit of user-generated content, wants online video buffs to find a site the company does not currently index in its database of more than 1,600 destinations.

They are running a contest to find the missing sites, if there are any.’s editorial team will review all submissions for content quality and volume, speed and ease-of-use. If the entry passes the judging criteria, the contestant is entered into a drawing for $1,000. will randomly select a winner at the end of each month. I have no idea how long this contest lasts, but it seems like a great way to kill time on a rainy (at least here) Saturday morning.

Have a great weekend!

If you know of any technology news, gadgets, new apps, or anything you’d like to read about, just send it my way at michelle[at]writetech[dot]net or via Twitter.

by Brian Solis

I had the pleasure of working with Alyssa Rapp, founder and CEO of Bottlenotes during the wine selection process for the STIRR Holiday Soiree last year.

Bottlenotes is a specialized wine store, club, and experience that focuses on boutique and estate wines from around the world, matched to your personal taste.

They’re just launched a new Facebook applications and a very cool contest to go along with it.

Install Bottlenotes’ Facebook application, complete a Personal Taste Profile and start comparing your favorite wines and your taste in wine to those of your friends.

For each person who becomes your Bottlenotes “Friend” by installing the application, between now and March 29th, you’ll get 10 points. For each wine that you add to your cellar with a tasting note or rating, you’ll get 5 points. Facebook users who have installed the application and accrued the most points by March 29th will have a shot at some very attractive and worthwhile prizes. You better have a strong social graph however, the minimum to play the game is to have at least 100 friends join.
Grand Prize

Two days of private wine tastings and accomodations for two in the Napa Valley!

Second Prize

$1000 worth of fabulous boutique wines from Bottlenotes, customized to your personal taste.

Third Prize

A three-month membership in the Explorers Wine Club by Bottlenotes.

In honor of the competition, I’ll share with you some of my random wine photography. Note this is not related to the wines I’ve shot professionally for some killer wineries…

Shot at the DEMO 08 Reception in Palm Desert

Shot at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay

Shot in Capitola at Margaritaville (classic eh?)

Wine tasting in Half Moon Bay (what a killer flight!)

Shot at the STIRR Holiday Soiree

More miscellaneous wine shots here.

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