Poaching from DealTaker

by David on November 12, 2009

DealTaker launched an interesting Twitter tool: @couponbot. If you reply (OK, it’s not really a reply but if you start a tweet with an @, it’s considered a reply) to @couponbot with a store name, you get up to 10 return tweets with links to pages on DealTaker that may have a coupon you are looking for.

If I had spare time and a devious heart (or just wanted to mess with @kstraw), I’d build a simple tool that pulled the @couponbot feed and replied with a link to the store on Cashbaq with the amount that the tweep could save by shopping through Cashbaq. Wait, that would only take a day or two to code. Note to coders…

I’m not trying to mess with DealTaker or stifle creative uses of Twitter so much as musing over the misuse and abuse of technology. It doesn’t take long to figure this one out and @couponbot gives me amazing targeting for almost no cost. The more successful @couponbot becomes, the more free Cashbaq members I could get. There are enough loyalty sites out there that someone is going to try it.

So, should I build it?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Like you November 12, 2009 at 6:13 am

Go for it. If Couponbot was meant to be private, it would have been DM based.

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Stephanie Agresta December 1, 2009 at 8:12 am

yeah you could, but then that would make you a spammer ! :)

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David December 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Damn ethics. Now I remember why I didn’t do that. On to the next idea…

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