With Friends Like This…

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With friends like this, who needs family?

Yesterday, I entered a weekly contest that runs. This week’s prize is a Kindle 3G. It’s only the second time I’ve entered an Amazon contest.

After entering, I was offered the opportunity to update my Facebook status. It was optional. Even though spreading the word about the contest feels counterintuitive, because it encourages more people to enter, I decided that what Amazon is doing is nice and I wanted to help spread the Amazon love.

So, I posted the following:

I am so on the fence for buying a Kindle. Winning one would solve my problem. 🙂

Below that was the full link and description to the contest.

Within minutes, a buddy of mine IM’ed me to tell me that he believed my Facebook account was hacked! I got a huge laugh out of that, because I correctly pointed out that his had been hacked a couple of months back!

I assured him that it was me that essentially created an ad for Amazon.

Today, I got a package from Amazon. Here’s a photo, including a gift card (click for a larger version):


A different friend of mine (you know who you are!) saw my update and decided to create a contest of one and he immediately declared me the winner! Wow, unbelievable. I don’t know what to say, except:

Thanks, you are beyond awesome!

I have no doubt that I am going to love this. It turns out that my top five favorite gadgets of all time were things I never thought I wanted, let alone needed. Someone else knew better and bought it for me. Within a day, each became so indispensable to me that I couldn’t imagine how I lived without it the day before (e.g., my first email-only Blackberry, my first GPS, my first Treo, my current Droid, my Garmin Forerunner).

Let’s safely add the Kindle to that list.

Thanks PSC! Smile

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I rarely write a post simply to point to someone else’s post, brilliant or otherwise.

I used to be a voracious reader. That was so long ago, I’m embarrassed to even make that claim. There are many reasons why I don’t read as much (not the least of which is that I’m the world’s slowest reader). Mostly, it’s because I spend so (too?) much time on the Internet, that I don’t just disconnect and read.

Anyway, I admit that the concept of the Kindle intrigued me to the point of considering one. If I got one, I was hoping that a side-effect would be to read more, just because I couldn’t buy one and not use it, right? Well, I still haven’t bought one, and I’m not that close to doing it, but I still read everything I can about the Kindle, to be ready when the tipping point comes my way.

So, today I finally read a post about the Kindle that is inspirational (IMHO).

It’s written by a guy, Seth Godin, who often writes intelligent, thought provoking pieces. Here it is, enjoy!