Before I got familiar with all those social medias, like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and even Goodreads, I’ve never heard of “giveaways” or “retweet+follow” or “mega giveaways” and some abbreviations such as “intl” or “RT/FLW.” Ever since I’ve been quite active online last year, these terms sound really natural to me now. The first time I saw those giveaways news on Twitter, all I could think of was how could anyone be that generous to send gifts/books to a total stranger? But I started to realize it’s rather common in the “outside world”, namely in other Western countries around the world. So I, of course, couldn’t resist the temptation of entering as many as possible to see whether it’s real and was very excited whenever I signed up one.
Even though I wasn’t expecting much from these stuff, I still held a thread of hope the entire time during the opening period. Not until these days did I begin to really think about the benefits and pros & cons behind these giveaways. As an old saying goes, “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” Take Twitter for example, most giveaway hosts ask people to retweet(for sure, they need more and more people to spread the word and join the activity), AND 90% of people ask for others to “FOLLOW” them as well. Not being rude or what, but in my opinion, once we follow them just for entry, they promote their own websites or fanpages or books every single day, and that’s super annoying sometimes. I mean, it’s totally understandable if those hosts are writers because that’s their career and they indeed want to gain as many readers as possible. However, as for simply just a reader or blogger, I personally dislike the idea of promoting themselves all the time.
On the other hand, there are surely some good giveaways and the motives for them are positive. For example, I was lucky enough to be chosen in one of the giveaways held by Maximumpop.uk and was able to receive a pair of tickets to an author’s spring tour in UK. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend it so they’ll pick other winners. 🙂 Thus, I do believe these events are real and not just something people run for popularity. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that I did learn a lesson this time that sometimes, we don’t have to do something we don’t want to enter giveaways. There are a bunch of people who just want to gain more attention from the world and I think not everyone likes promoting them.
Not that you can’t enter all the giveaways, it’s just that you can always choose before you decide to dedicate to the hosts or the entire activity. 😛
Alright, it’s time for a good book and a cup of tea. 🙂