Join me, WinMommyLisa, and Mom It Forward for the Hotmail Share the Love Twitter Party on Wednesday, February 9th, 6:00-8:00 pm PT/ 9:00-11:00 pm ET. Valentine’s Day is coming quickly. Have you thought about sending a digital love letter this year to someone close to you? If so, consider using Hotmail to create a thoughtful and well-designed mail. My favorite features in the new Windows Live Hotmail include great junk mail filters and organizational tools so that you can view the mails that matter most, and the ability to create beautifully designed photo mails without sending large files. You can see my tips for how to create great looking photo mails in “the Beauty of Photo Mail in Windows Live Hotmail.”
Join us next week for more netiquette tips and fun conversation. Visit the Mom It Forward website for further details on how to RSVP and enter to win one of the great prizes, including an Asus Eee PC Karim Rashid in Seashell pink! Official Sweepstakes rules below.
SHARE THE LOVE HOTMAIL TWITTER PARTY SWEEPSTAKES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:
These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft Share the Love Hotmail Twitter Party sweepstakes promotion will operate. This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Sweepstakes” throughout the rest of these rules.
In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Sweepstakes. “You” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant.
WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?
This Sweepstakes starts at 7 am Eastern Time (ET) on Saturday, February 5th and ends at 12:00 am ET on Thursday, February 10th.
CAN I ENTER?
You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:
- You are a legal resident of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, and are 18 years of age or older.
- If you are 18 of age or older, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Sweepstakes; and
- You are registered on http://twitter.com and follow the updates of http://twitter.com/#!/WinMommyLisa by subscribing to the account @WinmommyLisa as a follower; and
- You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and
- You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes; and
- You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.
This Sweepstakes is void outside of the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.
HOW DO I ENTER?
Follow these instructions to enter:
1. Sign in to your Twitter account. If you do not have an account, visit www.twitter.com to create one. Twitter accounts are free.
2. Once logged into your Twitter account, follow the links and instructions to become a follower of WinMommyLisa Twitter
3. From your own account, re-Tweet one or all of the following messages. You will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes for each of the following messages that you re-tweet:
- RT @MomItForward Sending a digital love letter? Use the new #Hotmail. Download at http://hotmail.com #HotmailLove #gno PLS RT
- RT @MomItForward Join @WinMommyLisa #gno Twitter party 2/9 (9-11 ET) 2 chat about sharing the love http://bit.ly/hM0iEF #HotmailLove PLS RT
- RT @MomItForward GIVEAWAY! Enter 2 win Karim Rashid PC, Arc Touch Mouse, LifeCam Studio HD http://bit.ly/fAW4Uu #gno #HotmailLove PLS RT
Limit one entry per person per Tweet, for a total of 3 entries per person.
We will automatically disqualify:
- Any incomplete or illegible entry; and
- Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.
WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES
On or around February 11, 2011, we will randomly select three (3) winners to receive one of the following prizes:
- One (1) Grand Prize. An Asus Eee Karim Rashid PC. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $450
- Two (2) First Place Prizes: A Microsoft LifeCam Studio webcam (ARV) $99
- One (1) Second Place Prize: A Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse (ARV) $70
The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $619
We will only award one prize per person during the Entry Period.
If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the twitter account used at time of entry within seven (7) days following the random drawing. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate, randomly selected winner.
If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of twitter account used to enter the Sweepstakes . If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you are a potential winner and you are 14 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select an alternate, randomly selected winner.
If you are confirmed as a winner of this Sweepstakes:
- You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services. However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and
- You may not designate someone else as the winner. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and
- If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize; and
- If you are otherwise eligible for this Sweepstakes, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and
- Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions.
WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING?
Your odds of winning this Sweepstakes depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.
WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
By entering this Sweepstakes you agree:
- To abide by these Official Rules; and
- To release and hold harmless Microsoft,and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and
- That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Sweepstakes; and
- That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.
WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?
This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes.
WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?
If cheating, a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes.
If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.
HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?
If you send an email with the subject line “Share the Love winners” to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2011, we will provide you with a list of winners that received a prize worth $25.00 or more.
WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052