Pimping out your Facebook presence to say how great Windows 7 is sounds way cheesy, doesn't it? But the thought of $42,000 in rent and five free PCs and phones could make it very tempting if you're on a skimpy student budget.
The 'Student House' promotion officially kicks off on Monday February 22, but the site has already gone live. The short version: the contest is open to uni and TAFE students. You have to remain a fan of the 'Student House' Facebook app application for the duration of the promotion, and post a Facebook entry to "document the benefits of Windows 7 in any form that is permitted to be uploaded to, or created in, Facebook". I see a lot of bad videos coming on before Microsoft picks a winner in April.
The winning entry gets up to $1,500 a week in rent paid for seven months from May, along with bond money, 5 Dell laptops (it's meant to be a share house), 5 HTC phones, one XBox and assorted other bits and pieces. The terms and conditions are massively extensive — unsurprisingly, you have to agree to be photographed by Microsoft enjoying your new abode in all its Windows 7-bedecked glory — so check 'em carefully if you fancy having a crack at the cash.
Tempted? Appalled? Think Google Buzz should have done it first? Tell us in the comments. Thanks Alan!