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Win £25 Amazon Voucher Part 2

Last week I posted about my two-part Amazon giveaway with Bex from Futures. Last week we kicked off with part one running via Rafflecopter and this week we start part 2 with Gleam.

The idea is to get a good overview of how you, our readers like to enter competitions and give us some more insight into the workings of Gleam. To see if it is something that we feel in the long term could work for running competitions.

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If you haven't tried either of the platforms before, why not try the one which is new to you first? You can find my Rafflecopter run giveaway here!) There is a prize for each competition (just so there is no confusion, one winner will be picked on the Rafflecopter application and one on the Gleam application. So if you got really lucky you could win £50.

This week our question to you is hopefully going to let us know a bit more about why you like your favourite competition application, so let us know (after taking the poll).
Why do you like Rafflecopter or Gleam best? 

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Good Luck to you all and we are really looking forward to seeing the results of this little experiment!


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This article has 238 comments

  1. Iris Tilley

    I chose Gleam only because rafflecopter messes up sometimes and won’t enter the link you’ve put in Plus the follow blog links don’t always work either.

  2. Abigail Cullen

    I chose Rafflecopter, just because I like the layout more.

  3. Lisa Brown

    I like gleam for the ease of use, it is much quicker to get entries in, and less frustrating. RC is time consuming, so much cutting, pasting, copying, it’s ridiculous, goes down quite often, just a royal pain to use.

  4. Nikki Hayes

    Gleam is so much easier to use – and its quicker to do the daily entries as well. It also shows my total entries to the competitition, whereas Rafflecopter does not show the additional daily entries – I like to see what my odds of winning are. I also find that some bloggers have an issue creating clickable links on Rafflecopter which means endless copy and pasting.

  5. Laura Jeffs

    I prefer Gleam because it’s simpler and quicker

  6. lynn savage

    I like Gleam better because it’s so much quicker to use. Rafflecopter requires too much copy/paste and links are not always working.

  7. Kayleigh Watkins

    Rafflecopter loads quicker but gleam is easier as you don’t have to copy and paste entries in xxx

  8. Nicola Rupawala

    Raffle copter because I prefer the layout

  9. Margaret Gallagher

    Its a much fairer system where a bit of effort is needed
    Gleam seems unfair especially if share – people get friends to enter by completing one task !
    To me thats a CHEAT System

  10. Naomi Blackmore

    I like how Gleam goes to the websites on your behalf rather than you having to go and copy Twitter links etc

  11. debbi ruskin

    I don’t really have a preference

  12. Jennifer

    They both look good – something I’m interested in 🙂

  13. kim neville (@kimneville2)

    I prefer rafflecopter as heard it is safer than gleam picking out people who cheat. Gleam is nice and easy to click

  14. Natalie

    I like gleam because I don’t have to copy and paste tweets or type as much into the form as rafflecopter.

  15. Andrea Upton

    I think gleam is much easier to use

  16. john prendergast

    I like gleam it is much easier to use

  17. melanie stirling

    I prefer Gleam because they are quicker to enter.

  18. Sharon Freemantle

    Gleam because it’s easier to do

  19. Susie Wilkinson

    I prefer Gleam because I think it is much more user friendly, and can be successfully used on a mobile!

  20. Anthony Harrington

    I prefer gleam as it loads quicker and easier to use

  21. Jayne T

    I like entering gleam the best as they are much quicker to enter, and more user friendly.

  22. Susan B

    I like Rafflecopter the best as it is very straightforward to use. However, Gleam is ok and I understand it chooses your winner for you so better for bloggers.

    Honestly, I am just grateful for the opportunity to participate without the use of social media. Thank you or being inclusive.


    prefer layout on rafflecopter

  24. lynn neal

    Gleam seems quicker!

  25. Natalie Crossan

    Gleam is quicker and very straightforward to use 🙂

  26. Emma C

    I like gleam because it’s a bit quicker/easier x

  27. Iain Maciver

    gleam seems easier

  28. KEV C

    I prefer Gleam as its usually one click entry 🙂

  29. Ritchie

    I haven’t got strong opinions either way

  30. andrea tinkler

    I prefer gleam as find it so much easier

  31. aliduke79hotmailcom

    I find Gleam quick and easy

  32. Valerie Seal

    Gleam is faster and requires less effort from me


    I find Gleam to be quicker

  34. Angela Treadway

    i like how easy and simple gleam is! x

  35. Kevin000

    I prefer gleam because it’s clearer, it looks better and tells you how many entries you have in the comp

  36. Lynsey Buchanan

    Gleam is quicker to enter, I do not like the share to gain extra entries as people post these in competition groups gaining an advantage over others.

  37. Graham Ross

    I like Gleam better because it’s so much quicker to use

  38. Julia Nicholls

    Gleam is much clearer thanks

  39. Chrissy Harris

    I like gleam as the format is cleaner looking and it saves my twitter and Facebook details

  40. ValB

    I find Gleam is quicker and easier to use

  41. mcsinton

    Gleam is so much better for competitions!

  42. lokasey

    It’s SO much easier to enter

  43. Sue McCarthy

    Gleam seems to work better than Rafflecopter; I’ve encountered glitches before. As regards the fairness, I’ve no clue which is better.

  44. Sarah (@Segga86)

    Gleam is so easy to enter and I get an email to tell me that Ive entered which then reminds me to enter again 😊


    Gleam is easier to use.

  46. Ellen Sheppard

    Gleam is easier than having to copy and paste a link to your tweet on Rafflecopter

  47. S Edwards

    Rafflecopter loads quicker

  48. vicki dodge

    Gleam is nice and easy I think

  49. Keshia Esgate

    Gleam is far more simple, nice “one click” entries

  50. Amelia Kennedy

    I find gleam easier and quicker to use x

  51. Rob Hutchinson

    I prefer Gleam because it involves less effort.

  52. Steven S

    Gleam is easier for the multiple Twitter entry options I find.

  53. Bev (@bev_metallica)

    Gleam! It’s much quicker.

  54. Lucy

    I don’t mind either really. Gleam is easier and quicker but I have to keep logged in to twitter and sometimes I like to check if I’m following which is easier on Rafflecopter 🙂

  55. Elaine Savage

    I like Gleam because it responds to my voice recognition, whereas rafflecopter does not

  56. Helen B

    With rafflecopter you have to cut and paste tweets, non of that faff with gleam 🙂

  57. Nicola Marshall

    I prefer Gleam, it’s much easier to use.

  58. Jen A

    Gleam is easier and quicker – with rafflecopter it’s a lot of messing around copying links to tweets etc.

  59. funjustjustin

    Gleam is better,.

  60. Mike

    Gleam because of automatic entries for the likes of twitter, very cumbersome with rafflecopter

  61. Jo Carroll

    I like Gleam much more as it’s a lot of more simple and unfussy. x

  62. Rebecca Barnes

    I really prefer Gleam because it’s just neater and prettier to look at!

  63. Katy Malkin

    Gleam as it takes less time to load and remembers some of your details

  64. Simon Hopley

    Gleam Just seems a bit easier

  65. Sarah N

    I suppose I’d have to say Gleam, out of the two options, but personally a simple web form is my preferred way to enter competitions

  66. Fiona K

    Gleam because it is more seamless and quicker

  67. AMANDA W

    gleam is simpler to use and you dont have to flick between screens copying and pasting links to tweets ect.

  68. Lucy B

    Gleam it is much quicker to complete x

  69. Amandeep Sibia

    Gleam looks more modern and professional.

  70. bob clark

    Both pains in the neck – prefer a form

  71. Emma H

    Gleam involves less navigating away from the main page to find URLs and is simpler.

  72. Karen Barrett

    Gleam is quicker plus the blogger can add more options which I don’t mind. Often with raf I find many of the entries are not set up properly eg links to sites and I have usually confirmed I have entered and no way back.

  73. lorraine kirk

    I like Gleam as it’s much easier to use and you don’t have to copy and paste tweets etc

  74. pinklady123

    Gleam as its clearer and easier to use, plus looks more as-ethically pleaseing

  75. Tiffeny Brown

    I like gleam the best because it’s quicker and easier to use 🙂 x

  76. Milly Youngman

    Gleam is quicker to use and more professional looking.

  77. Tess D

    I chose Gleam because it does most of the work for you just by clicking the button so not always having to leave the page and copy and paste x

  78. Yolanda Davis

    I prefer gleam. It’s so much easier and quicker than rafflecopter, and I like the lay-out and how it looks more.

  79. Tanya

    I hope I win!

  80. leigh boyle

    i like gleam quicker and easier to use x

  81. aj

    Gleam is easier to use

  82. R Amison


  83. Paul Chadwick

    Gleam seems a lot smoother not as glitchy as rafflecopter

  84. Char W


  85. Karen R

    I think I like Gleams more – they seem quicker and less manual, and recently rafflecopters haven’t been loading properly for me xx

  86. Danielle Spencer

    Gleams are easier to enter, they do most of it for you. Rafflecopters need more effort and I find more errors with them.

  87. Sarah Mackay

    I prefer Gleams as they are more user friendly and quicker than rafflecopters and I find that rafflecopters can be a bit buggy at times.

  88. C Whitlow

    I prefer Gleam as its easier to work. You have to do lots of copy and pasting on Rafflecopter.

  89. Ann Marie Gould

    I prefer Gleam as much quicker and easier

  90. Jo Young

    I prefer Gleam as it’s much more user friendly.


    I cant honestly notice much of a difference between the two. Very occassionally Raflecopter has a glitch whereas gleam seems more consistant.

  92. glenn hutton

    Glean: Automatically tweets and updates the tweet for you, RC does not do this and takes a lot longer to get the details of that tweet!

  93. MM

    I’m not sure that Rafflecopter records your Daily entries correctly. Which is why i prefer Gleam.

  94. Shaun Heathcote

    rafflecopter doesn’t seem to reset the retweet everyday as if you haven’t done it.

  95. Frank R

    Gleam is just way more convenient as you mostly press a couple of buttons and that’s it.

  96. Katie b

    Gleam, because things tend to go wrong less!

  97. Jayne Danforth

    With gleam you do not have to go back and forth as much copying and pasting links (urls)

  98. Marc H

    I don’t really have a preference, but i feel Rafflecopter daily entries are less likely to result in a shadowban on Twitter.

  99. Sandra Fortune

    I Gleam it’s easier and quicker

  100. Liam Bishop

    I find Gleam easier as you don’t always have to type the entries in and it gives you more options that RC.

  101. Janet Birkin

    I like the layout

  102. Doreen Brady

    Gleam is much quicker for me.

  103. Annabel Greaves

    Gleam is easy to enter

  104. Jennifer Toal

    Gleam it’s quicker

  105. Lisa Parker

    I prefer Gleam as the Twitter retweets are much easier and quicker to do x

  106. Caroline H

    I like Gleam. It just seems simpler and quicker, and much easier to use.

  107. helen tovell

    Gleam as it is so easy

  108. Joanna Orr

    Gleam is quicker to use as all the options work automatically, so unlike rafflecopter, there’s no copying of links/usernames to fiddle around with!

  109. Fay

    This is a tough one. I prefer Gleam because it is so much easier & quicker but I prefer Rafflecopter because they have much less entries. I never win with Gleams but I do win occasionally win with RC

  110. Andrea Fletcher

    I prefer the layout of Rafflecopter.

  111. Laura S

    I prefer Gleam because it is a lot easier to use with Rafflecopter

  112. Mo

    I prefer Gleam over Rafflecopter because Rafflecopter often logs me out. Also Gleam is so much easier to use.

  113. Rich Barker

    Gleam automates tweeting!

  114. Hayley Colburn

    I prefer gleam as its quicker but you do get shadowbanned on twitter as a result which is extremely frustrating

  115. Teresa Lee

    For me Rafflecopter seems to load much quicker than Gleam

  116. Michelle Ferguson

    I prefer Gleam as it keeps track of my total entries

  117. Emma Pascoe

    I prefer Gleam as I use Twitter for a lot of entries and The rafflecopter way of getting the links hardly ever works! 🙂 Its much quicker and easier to enter xx

  118. Jackie Howell

    So much easier to enter especially for twitter entries

  119. Michelle C

    I voted Rafflecopter but only because I was forced to choose an answer. I’m honestly not sure what the difference is between the two.

  120. Charlene Merrall

    I prefer Gleam because its much quicker, BUT gleam doesn’t work on my phone which is a pain!

  121. Simon C

    I like Gleam much better. Their user interface is far slicker than Rafflecopter.
    I’m also still grumpy with Rafflecopter for blocking me on Twitter when I tried to ask them some fairly innocuous questions about their system.

  122. Mark Dean

    I prefer Gleam as it’s quicker and more reliable. Rafflecopter sometimes has problems logging in and accepting/confirming entries.

  123. Ellen Stafford

    I chose gleam because it’s quicker but I personally use Rafflecopter on my blog after hearing reports that people can cheat easier on gleam and you can’t moderate the entries!

  124. Carole E

    I prefer Rafflecopter and I have problems logging on with Gleam

  125. adeinne Tonner

    They both are good but i prefer gleams as i find them quicker to enter and more easier.

  126. William Gould

    I prefer Gleam simply because it’s quicker to enter!

  127. Jo Hutchings

    I prefer Gleam as Rafflecopter is very fiddly and also if you’re entering on it on a daily basis your overall number of entries isn’t accurate.

  128. Stephanie Cheung-Tsang

    I like Gleam because it’s much easier and quicker to use.

  129. Sheena Batey

    Gleam just seems quicker and makes it easier to enter

  130. Jo

    I like Gleam the best because it records my additional entries whereas Rafflecopter doesn’t.

  131. Mrs Sarah Roberts

    l like Gleam as sometimes l don’t understand how extra entries work with rafflecopter 🙂

  132. Amanda Sowden

    I chose rafflecopter as I’m a newbie and haven’t tried gleam!

  133. Emma Gough

    I love Gleam best, simply because it’s super quick – it does have one downside though. if you entered every comp going on gleam via daily entries you risk your twitter account becoming shadow banned. not sure how this could be overcome but I make sure I post regularly rather than just all competition tweets. Good luck to everyone 😀 and thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  134. Dean T

    Prefer gleam it is smoother all round, Rafflecopter too often the links are dead or not explained well

  135. CALVIN

    Gleam is a lot easier for me here.

  136. Lee Henstridge

    Gleam just because I’m happy using it.

  137. Amanda J Tanner

    Gleam as some rafflecopter competitions don’t have a direct link in each way to enter Andy have to copy the link and paste it to get an entry

  138. Georgina Prince was davies

    i prefer gleam because it is far far easier to use x

  139. Laura Finch

    Gleam is a lot faster!

  140. Sarah Mcvicar

    gleam as it’s so much easier to use

  141. Lynda Graham

    Gleam – its uniform , efficient and quicker.

  142. Andrea

    Would be fab to win! RC doesnt seem to work in any of my browsers!

  143. carolyn99 (@candcthai)

    I prefer Gleam as it stays logged it usually, whereas Rafflecopter often is difficult to use (but not this time!)

  144. Lesley Bambridge

    I prefer Gleam because it is less fiddly and you can see with the tick that you have entered correctly. Thank you

  145. Laura (@life_lipstick)

    I prefer Gleam because it’s easier to retweet and follow people. With rafflecopter I find that often when I re-tweet and have to paste in the link, I have to open twitter in another window because the box disappears which is extremely annoying and it puts me off re-tweeting.


    I find Gleam faster and more stable

  147. Lucy Barlow

    Gleam is better by a country mile – faster, easier, more reliable – i also use it for running comps myself and its worth the subscription! – only wish they would build in the blog comment box into the gleam format – so you can comment and continue within the comping box!

  148. Keri Jones

    I prefer to use Gleam to enter competitions. It’s easier as it records the entries for you, like tweeting etc.

  149. Martina Pichova

    I like Gleam – you can enter lots of things in just one click.

  150. Louise A

    I like Gleam because its quick and easier to use e.g. you don’t have to copy your tweet URL it does it for you

  151. Paul Green

    I like gleam for the ease of use, it is much quicker to get entries in

  152. Claire Glace

    I find gleam a little quicker….

  153. John Ettery

    I chose Gleam, as I think Rafflecopter can be complicated and sometimes too long

  154. Jamie Millard

    GLEAM, It’s quicker, all the links just work, all your accounts are linked so you don’t have to type in user names or profiles manually.

  155. Dawn F

    I prefer Gleam because it seems like once I am logged in, I only have to press a few buttons and there is no cutting and pasting of links involved.

  156. Amanda Noble

    I prefer gleam the entries are quicker and easier to complete which saves precious time x

  157. Rich Tyler

    Gleam for sure, its much easier

  158. Sarah Mcknight

    Gleam, it’s much more easier

  159. Natalie Charman

    Gleam is so much easier.

  160. clair downham

    i like gleam best

  161. purabeautyblogger

    Gleam is a lot easier to use and seems to store the information so makes it easier to enter competitions

  162. Ross Hanney

    I prefer Gleam. Most entries seem to be quicker and easier with Gleam, especially Twitter.

  163. Ursula Hunt

    Gleam is easier to use and yo get an email showing your entries

  164. Jade Hewlett

    I prefer Rafflecopter as I don’t think twitter likes too many automated tweets from Gleam and if I try to tweet too soon to the previous day on Gleam it won’t accept it (had this problem this morning and Rafflecopter was fine but not Gleam)

  165. Sharon Hirst

    I refer Gleam it’s quicker to use

  166. Jackie Dawson

    I prefer Gleam as its much easier and faster, and no need to fill things in or copy and paste

  167. David Simpson

    Gleam is easier to use

  168. Julie Howarth

    I prefer Gleam as it’s easier to use and quicker

  169. CHERRY Lloyd

    I chose Rafflecopter because it always works on my ipad whereas Gleam very often does not load up properly or connect to my social media. If Gleam always worked and synched with my ipad updates I would defintely have chosen Gleam because you do not have to keep copy and pasting links

  170. Alana Walker

    I prefer Gleam as it is quicker and easier to use and I can work out what my chances of winning are!

  171. Terri Kelly

    Both are good but gleam is quicker

  172. Danielle Moore

    I choose gleam easier to use

  173. Rachael Gibbons

    I prefer gleam, its easier, raflecopter you end up having to open and close new windows a bunch of times, I just find rafflecopter awkward and clunky

  174. Jane Brown

    I prefer Gleam, as it does so much of the connecting and pasting for you, which I prefer as I am not confident and worry that if I do it myself I will do the wrong thing

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  176. Sarah Addey

    Prefer gleam as it’s quicker

  177. Emma Walton

    I find Gleam to be a lot more efficient and less time consuming than Rafflecopter. I never have any problems with Gleam, whereas, I often find that Rafflecopter can miss off parts of links making it more difficult to enter some parts of the competition requirements.

  178. Beverley Cousins

    Gleams are easier and quicker

  179. Carol

    Gleam as its just gleaming with prizes

  180. Christine Lockley

    I prefer Gleam as it’s easy and straightforward to use, rafflecopter often has issues with links etc and rafflecopter takes a lot more effort with copying and posting links

  181. Ed B

    Gleam does it all much quicker with less effort

  182. kathcake2017

    gleam as it’s quick and easy to use

  183. Gillian McClelland

    I prefer gleam as it is easier and quicker to enter and rafflecopter quite often has issues

  184. isis1981uk

    It’s more automated & less work, much quicker.

  185. cheryl hadfield

    I prefer rafflecopter as i seem to have more luck

  186. Pam Gregory

    Easier to click through on Rafflecopter

  187. claire woods

    I prefer Gleam as it’s easy and straightforward to use

  188. Jodie

    I prefer rafflecopter, because sometimes gleam won’t let me log in properly.

  189. Rebecca Sutton

    I prefer Gleam as it all seems a bit more automatic than rafflecopter. Its alot easier.

  190. Janice Dunn

    I dont mind either to be honest

  191. Victoria Thurgood

    I don’t like having to copy and paste the tweets on rafflecopter

  192. Sarah Austin

    I prefer gleam as it is easier to action the competition entries

  193. mandydoherty65

    I prefer Gleam as I find it quicker

  194. Ani

    I prefer Rafflecopter, you don’t have to link your accounts to it.

  195. Chanette Kennedy

    I find Gleam easier because all your accounts are linked so there’s no need to type in your Twitter name or copy tweet links etc

  196. Stevie Fairbairn

    I prefer Gleam as it’s easy to navigate.

  197. Jessica Powell

    I prefer Gleam – it’s more automated so quicker.

  198. lesley renshaw

    I prefer the rafflecopter. I prefer that it’s more interactive and not just a click of a button. I also prefer the layout

  199. lozzle77

    gleam as its just a click of a button

  200. Jane

    Gleam because I can just click a button rather than retyping everything. The links are so much easier

  201. Emma h

    I prefer gleam as it’s so much easied and less time consuming

  202. Daniel Austin

    Gleam is simpler, quicker and easier to use – no re-typing my details each time.

  203. Sheila Reeves

    I don’t have a huge preference for either, Gleam can be easier to use and shows a current total of your entries so think that has the edge

  204. purpleshoes

    I prefer Gleam as it is much easier to use

  205. Mary H

    I much prefer Gleam as it’s quicker and easier.

  206. Victoria Morris

    Gleam is easier and quicker than Rafflecopter

  207. Margaret Clarkson

    I prefer Gleam as it is simpler and quicker to use

  208. Sarah Hughes

    I like gleam as you don’t have to copy links etc from twitter

  209. Sophie Roberts

    I prefer Gleam because it’s so much quicker and easier to gain entries!

  210. Mary Davis

    I’m honestly torn. Gleam is much faster and easier to enter, and I like how it records my overall entries, but somehow feels more “clinical” to me – more robotic. Rafflecopter takes more effort yet feels more interactive, almost more “community,” and the biggest bonus is that I win far, far more there.

  211. Lorna Ledger

    Gleam, it’s seemless and encourages people to interact and engage

  212. karen T

    Gleam is quicker and easier. Also it is brighter and more visually pleasing. I also find Rafflecopter freezes up at times

  213. Iris

    I chose gleam because it’s quicker but don’t mind rafflecopter either

  214. Helen Stratton

    I prefer Gleam as it is faster and easier for the Twitter entries.

  215. Emma Gibson

    Gleam as its so much faster and easier.

  216. Laura Scott (@LauraS27818)

    I like gleam best. Easy to use.

  217. Kirsteen Mackay

    Gleam is simple and much quicker to use than Rafflecopter.

  218. Robyn S

    Gleam is so much better, it remembers your usernames and is much quicker

  219. Dave C

    I prefer gleam as it tends to run smoother on my device.

  220. Candyfloss

    I prefer Gleam because I’m lazy! There’s no need to copy and paste URLs like there is in Rafflecopter. At the end of the day though, I’m just grateful for your competitions. (Angela Kelly)

  221. Charlotte

    i dont really mind either but gleam seems to be more seamless

  222. Stephanie Coals

    Gleam because it’s so much more user friendly, it’s quicker and you don’t have to worry about copying and pasting tweets

  223. Gary Topley

    I like Gleam the best as it seems better laid out, thankyou for the competition x

  224. Joy Winn

    Rafflecopter-I like the layout🙂

  225. Solange

    I prefer Gleam because it’s simpler and quicker.

  226. Richard Rowley

    I prefer gleam as rafflecopter is too fiddly with copying and pasting tweets which is so long winded

  227. Natalie Gillham

    Gleam is easier and faster

  228. sarahjane24carter

    I like gleam as it is easier to use x

  229. Craig Havery

    gleam does some things automatically to save time

  230. Joanne Benham

    Rafflecopter is better for me as Gleam bugs out with linking with pinterest and sometimes the links on Gleam don’t work either.

  231. fionajk42

    I find posting tweets from Rafflecopter is a real nuisance as the tweet window seems to close as soon as I’ve tweeted, then I have to go to Twitter, find my tweet, copy the url, then go back to Rafflecopter and paste it. I usually only bother if tweeting is necessary in order to access other entries in the Rafflecopter.

  232. Heather Haigh (@haighh18)

    I prefer rafflecopter because if you uses gleam to retweet anything Twitter treats it like spam.

  233. Emily K (@EmilyK1983)

    I love Gleam, as it’s much easier and quicker!

  234. Sophie (@sophiefx_)

    Gleam! So much easier. <3

  235. Rebecca mercer

    Gleam it’s much easier

  236. Rebecca Beesley (The Beesley Buzz)

    i prefer rafflecopter. gleam is easier to do the ‘follow on twitter’ option but for everything else i prefer rafflecopter

  237. Hayley Atkins

    Gleam is quicker,Rafflecopter is more time consuming but the odds of winning are increased as more effort is required.If a competition is easy to enter then it is harder to win!

  238. Jade weeden

    Gleam as it is more user friendly!

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