Guide to X (Twitter)

X (Twitter) is a brilliant way to win more prizes, and we've got a basic guide to help get you started

X (previously called Twitter) burst on to the scene in 2006 and has quickly become one of the world's biggest websites! It boasts over 368 million registered users, and it is estimated to generate around 500 million posts (tweets) every day. 

In amongst this myriad of information, you'll find some amazing competitions that take no more than a click of a mouse to enter! Although entering X (Twitter) competitions can be daunting at first, it is very easy to master and can offer you a whole new way of entering competitions.

Getting started

Before you can begin entering competitions on X (Twitter), you'll need to set up your own account. Simply visit x.com and set up your account. All you'll need is an e-mail address and password - you can also add your mobile number, which will allow you to send messages from your mobile phone, but for the purpose of comping this isn't necessary.

Once you've set up your account and logged in, you're ready to go with your own page on X (Twitter) at www.x.com/[yourusername]. Before you get started, check under the Settings tab that your posts (Tweets) are NOT protected. That way, your entries can be seen by promoters! In order to find competitions, you'll need to be 'following' other users who post competitions.

Looks like gobbledygook? That's OK, we'll explain it. This is a competition to win a TV and Blu Ray player, being run by a fictional company called A Great Competition. In order to enter, you need to be following @Agreatcompetition's X (Twitter) account and repost (retweet or RT) this message.

Start by clicking on their username to go to their X (Twitter) page, which should be www.x.com/Agreatcompetition, and click the Follow button. Below their name, you'll see a timeline of their recent posts (Tweets). Simply find the one featuring the competition and click the Repost (Retweet) button. It will copy the entire message to your timeline.
That's all it takes - now you're entered!

How will I know if I have won?

If you are a winner of an X (Twitter) competition, the promoters will announce it by sending a message @[yourusername]. These messages will appear in your timeline, but if you find yourself following a lot of people, they could get lost.

It's worth checking your messages when you're on the X (Twitter) homepage - simply click on @[yourusername] on the right-hand side of the page. Promoters will usually ask you to email them, or send you a DM to let you know that you've won.

There are literally hundreds of competitions running on X (Twitter) every day. The best way to get started is to get stuck in, but here's a few tips before you begin.

  • When reposting (retweeting), be sure to include the entire post (Tweet) if possible. Sometimes a repost (retweet) will exceed the 280 characters allowed in your message - in this case, try to cut out a few unnecessary words. DO NOT delete any hashtags (words starting with #), as these are how the promoter will find the competition entries!
  • If a competition requires you to follow the promoter, do it! If you don't follow them, they will be unable to send you a direct message to notify you of a win.
  • Follow fellow compers! Ask your friends if they are on X (Twitter) and follow them to see any posts (tweets) from competitions that they might be entering. If you win big on X (Twitter), why not send a message to @SimplyPrizesMag? Good luck!

X (Twitter) cheat sheet

Tweet: Previous name for message sent on X (Twitter) now called posts
Timeline: Your personal X (Twitter) homepage, where all of your messages are shown
Follow: The act of subscribing to another person's posts (tweets)
RT: Retweet, now called repost, to resend someone else's message
DM: Direct message, a message sent privately to another X (Twitter) user
Hashtag (#): A searchable term that allows users to find all posts (tweets) on a certain topic