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This all started on a rainy afternoon in August 2012. Actually I have no idea what the weather was like and it was more likely that it was the evening, but nevermind that. My wife had a few ideas about how it could be easier for her to enter Twitter competitions and she told me her ideas and I made Twitaculous for her, a simple website that could list competitions she was interested in. But it made sense that if she was finding and I was adding competitions to it that:

  • Other people might like to see the list
  • And, if that was the case, we could cover some of the costs and time spent
So I popped a few adverts on each page and hoped it would make a few pounds, and shouldn't take up much of my time.

Well, the idea really took off and many people started joining and it took more and more of my day adding things to it. But it was quite fun and the Adsense money was nice, if rather minimal.

I made a number of changes, the biggest one being that; rather than clicking to enter and the whole page reloaded and showed if it had worked, I used some javascript (don't worry, that's about the geekiest thing I'll say here) to speed it up and show if it worked all without reloading each time. We went through a couple of designs, but things mostly stayed the same.

The site got quite popular and at certain times of the day (4:30pm until 5pm!) the site would basically become unusable as too many people were entering comps and it was bogging the site down. I made a number of adjustments, which helped, and moved to more and more expensing hosting for it, which also helped.

But eventually I had to make a VIP membership, where only these VIP members could use the site at premium times. Which also helped.

Until 2014, when very unexpectedly we had a new baby. And I knew I had less time each day and things had to change. The amount in advertising had decreased steadily and there weren't many of these VIP members. So I decided to annoy everyone and start charging for access, if you were a member - you could use the site all day every day; if you weren't then you couldn't use the site at all. It annoyed a lot of people, but it was the way it had to be.

This worked out fairly well until 2018. In October, Twitter decided to change their policies for 3rd party access. Everyone started getting error messages as Twitaculous was only allowed to do a few hundred tweets and retweets in an hour - not each, but as a whole! So realising that the big benefit of Twitaculous, the quick and easy entry, was going away, I had to have a new plan. And that plan is this...

If you can help support Twitaculous, we can carry on! I will still be adding a similar number of competitions, and I have redesigned the site to still be as easy as possible with Twitter's limitations.

If you can help Twitaculous continue, you will get ad-free access all day every day and an enourmous amount of gratitude from myself and all the Twitaculous comping community!

There are several different levels of support and it would be so great if you'd consider becoming a patron at any level you can!

For the higher levels I'm still trying to think up some special fun perks, if you have any ideas - please get in touch! If you do sign up to a higher tier and I add perks after you join - I will still retroactively give you the new benefit/perk!
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This all started on a rainy afternoon in August 2012. Actually I have no idea what the weather was like and it was more likely that it was the evening, but nevermind that. My wife had a few ideas about how it could be easier for her to enter Twitter competitions and she told me her ideas and I made Twitaculous for her, a simple website that could list competitions she was interested in. But it made sense that if she was finding and I was adding competitions to it that:

  • Other people might like to see the list
  • And, if that was the case, we could cover some of the costs and time spent
So I popped a few adverts on each page and hoped it would make a few pounds, and shouldn't take up much of my time.

Well, the idea really took off and many people started joining and it took more and more of my day adding things to it. But it was quite fun and the Adsense money was nice, if rather minimal.

I made a number of changes, the biggest one being that; rather than clicking to enter and the whole page reloaded and showed if it had worked, I used some javascript (don't worry, that's about the geekiest thing I'll say here) to speed it up and show if it worked all without reloading each time. We went through a couple of designs, but things mostly stayed the same.

The site got quite popular and at certain times of the day (4:30pm until 5pm!) the site would basically become unusable as too many people were entering comps and it was bogging the site down. I made a number of adjustments, which helped, and moved to more and more expensing hosting for it, which also helped.

But eventually I had to make a VIP membership, where only these VIP members could use the site at premium times. Which also helped.

Until 2014, when very unexpectedly we had a new baby. And I knew I had less time each day and things had to change. The amount in advertising had decreased steadily and there weren't many of these VIP members. So I decided to annoy everyone and start charging for access, if you were a member - you could use the site all day every day; if you weren't then you couldn't use the site at all. It annoyed a lot of people, but it was the way it had to be.

This worked out fairly well until 2018. In October, Twitter decided to change their policies for 3rd party access. Everyone started getting error messages as Twitaculous was only allowed to do a few hundred tweets and retweets in an hour - not each, but as a whole! So realising that the big benefit of Twitaculous, the quick and easy entry, was going away, I had to have a new plan. And that plan is this...

If you can help support Twitaculous, we can carry on! I will still be adding a similar number of competitions, and I have redesigned the site to still be as easy as possible with Twitter's limitations.

If you can help Twitaculous continue, you will get ad-free access all day every day and an enourmous amount of gratitude from myself and all the Twitaculous comping community!

There are several different levels of support and it would be so great if you'd consider becoming a patron at any level you can!

For the higher levels I'm still trying to think up some special fun perks, if you have any ideas - please get in touch! If you do sign up to a higher tier and I add perks after you join - I will still retroactively give you the new benefit/perk!

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Get a weekly #FollowFriday on Twitter!

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