Amazon on Demand is giving away a free $5 credit if you link your Twitter account and your Amazon account.
By clicking the button on the promotion page to get the credit you will:
* Connect your Amazon.com and Twitter accounts.
* Automatically follow @amazonvideo. The message “I just got a $5 credit for instant movies and TV shows @amazonvideo. Click http://amzn.to/hh8gTP to get yours. #get5″ will be automatically tweeted from your Twitter account.
I had to refresh the page a couple of times to get it to work, but it eventually did. It could just be that so many people are trying to do it right now. Once I was able to complete it, the page refreshed to tell me “Congratulations” and the Tweet immediately appeared in my stream.
We have a Roku that we stream our Amazon movies to, so I just need to go in now and pick a movie and click on the “Rent for 48 hours” button to add it to my account. Even new releases are only $3.99, so your $5 credit will get you at least one rental. Toy Story 3 is only $.99 for some reason, so you could actually get 2 new-ish rentals for your $5 credit. I’m not going to try it yet because whatever movies I decide to rent will be for all of us to watch this holiday weekend.
I’ve seen a few people take advantage of the deal and then immediately delete the Tweets from their stream. While I understand that you don’t want to advertise in your Twitter stream, I think that is cheating. If you take the $5, you should leave the Tweet. I guess I look at it from the business owner perspective since I have paid for Twitter ads myself and would be angry to find out that they Tweeted to get the money and then deleted them before people could see them. Am I wrong?
I think this is a pretty cool deal and hope that people will try it out, especially if they have never tried Amazon on Demand before. The offer ends January 1, 2011 and is available only for certain movies. I haven’t seen any yet that it didn’t apply to, but there are some movies that I would expect them to have that they do not (like Tron). Click here for more details.