The “According to @rentometer” Twitter Sweepstakes

by News Guy on April 2, 2010


Tweet about Rentometer and win an iPad!

To help celebrate the relaunch of, we’re giving all of our Twitter followers a chance to win a new Apple iPad, fresh out of the Apple Store!

Here’s how it works. Between 8:00am ET Friday, March 19 and 5:00pm ET Monday, April 12:

  1. Fill out the information at the top of this page, including your address and rent paid, then click “Analyze My Rental!”
  2. Tweet about your experience on Your tweet must begin with “According to @rentometer” (without the quotes of course). Here are some suggestions:

    “According to @rentometer, the average rent in my neighborhood is $____”

    “According to @rentometer, I’m paying too much for my rent!”

    “According to @rentometer, I got a good deal on my apartment!”

  3. Follow @rentometer on Twitter (this is required to win, as we need to be able to contact you privately via a direct message to get more contact information and get you to sign a few release forms before we can announce you as the winner).
  4. Make sure you’re paying attention to your Twitter direct messages on Tuesday, April 13th, because that’s when and how we will contact the winner.

Not renting, but still want to enter the contest?

Do you own, or are you a property manager or just a curious bystander who wants to enter the Twitter sweepstakes? You don’t have to enter any information to enter the sweepstakes. Just click here and press the Tweet button!


The winner will receive a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad from Apple — the hot new product that is due out in Apple Stores on April 3rd.


1. How to enter. Anyone sharing a tweet that begins with “According to @rentometer” from 8:00am ET on March 19, 2010 through 5:00pm ET on April 12, 2010 is automatically entered to win, subject to the rules and eligibility requirements outlined below. At least once a week, we will search for entries that begin with this phrase and register that Twitter ID in our database of potential winners.

2.One entry per person per contest. While we really appreciate your enthusiasm, only one entry per Twitter ID will be recorded for the contest period. If we detect multiple entries from the same person via different Twitter accounts, that person will be disqualified. If we hold future contests, you’re welcome to try again then.

3. Additional eligibility requirements. Eligible participants must be legal residents of the U.S. and its territories, possessions and commonwealths who are 18 years of age or older as of January 1, 2010. Employees of Investment Instruments Corporation and Fresh Ground, Inc., and members of their households, whether or not related, and immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings, children and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) are ineligible (but nevertheless great people). We reserve the right to disqualify any entries judged to be derogatory, inflammatory, indecent or otherwise inappropriate.

4. Selection process. Please note that we will use Twitter’s search function to record entries, so entry and registration is subject to any limitations of Twitter’s search capabilities (which is why we’ll check at least once a week for entries). As mentioned, each week, we will search for entries that begin with the phrase and register that Twitter ID in our database of potential winners. On Tuesday, April 13th, we’ll chose and announce the winner from our database of entries. The winner will be randomly selected from among all eligible entries received. The winner will be notified by direct message. The winner must follow the @rentometer Twitter account. If we cannot direct message the winner on April 13th because he or she doesn’t follow us, we’ll chose another winner until we find someone who follows us (that shouldn’t be hard, because we’ll have tons of followers by then, right?). Once we get a message out to the winner, he or she will have one (1) week to respond to us before we give someone else a chance, but please, don’t leave us hanging. Get back to us as soon as you can.

5. Prize. One (1) Grand Prize will be awarded: 16GB Wi-Fi iPad from Apple, approximate retail value of $499.00. Winner is responsible for all federal, state and local taxes and fees associated with prize receipt or use. Odds of winning the Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received between March 15, 2010 8:00am ET and 5:00pm ET on April 12, 2010.

6. Prize availability. Apple has promised that the iPads will be available starting on April 3rd. That said, we won’t be able to ship the iPad to the winner until we get our hands on one, so you’ll have to be patient with us until we’re in possession of one. Also, we reserve the right to replace the prize with something of similar value should we be unable or unlikely to get our grubby hands on one within a reasonable amount of time, or for any other reason.

7. Advertising and likeness. By entering in this contest, you’re giving us permission to publicly announce that you have been chosen as the winner. If you get selected as the winner, you’re going to have to sign a few forms that allow us to announce you as the winner, talk about you everywhere we go, use your likeness and other forms of advertising and promotion.

8. Release. By entering, all participants and/or entrants release Fresh Ground, Inc. and Investment Instruments Corporation from and against all claims and damages arising in connection with each entrant’s participation and/or entry in this program and/or his/her receipt or use of the prize (including any injury or harm resulting from the use of a vehicle or any travel or activity related thereto) awarded in this program. Any and all warranties and guarantees are subject to the respective manufacturer’s terms.

9. Publicity. Except where prohibited, participation in the promotion constitutes winner’s consent to our use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, biographical information, hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.

10. General. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the promotion if fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity of the Promotion, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In such event, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prizes at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Promotion or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion, or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion is a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

11. Sponsor: Investment Instruments Corporation, 233 Needham Street, Suite 300, Newton, Massachusetts 02464. Administrator: Fresh Ground, Inc., 50 Pinckney St., Somerville, MA 02145.

12. Winner List. For the winner list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, along with a request with the subject “Rentometer Twitter Sweepstakes Winner List Request,” to Tweepstakes, c/o Fresh Ground, Inc., P.O. Box 425368, Cambridge, MA 02142. Requests must be received by July 12, 2010.

If you have any questions, please send a tweet to @rentometer or write us at

Oh yeah, did we mention that you should follow us on Twitter?

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Donna April 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I tweeted the post since I own my home. Love the new gazette format. Keep up the good work!

News Guy April 3, 2010 at 12:46 am

Saweet! I hope you win the iPad!

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