Meet Hunter Scott. He’s a computer engineer from Georgia Tech who managed to do something pretty cool.
Scott put his programming skills to good use and wrote a Twitter bot that automatically entered competitions. It won him on average four competitions per day, every day, for about nine months straight. Here are a selection of his wins:
The competitions asked followers to retweet a tweet with a chance of winning a fabulous trip to Miami, or a free ice-cream.
Scott’s bot, @racer236, retweeted around 165,000 of these competitions over the nine-month period.
“I won a lot of cool stuff, and getting mysterious things through my mailbox each day was pretty fun,” Scott said.
“The most valuable thing I won was a trip to New York Fashion Week, which included a limo ride to the show if you lived in a state near New York for you and a friend, and $500 spending money.”
The bot’s success rate was just under 1 per cent, but more than enough to win a mighty haul. Well played, sir.