Twitter Beginner is a Rhyming Winner

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Ft. Lauderdale Mom Pens Winning Limerick In AHS® Contest

I couldn’t believe it. I was thrilled

A few months ago Chris Swanson was a Twitter novice and an unaccomplished poet. Today she is an enthusiastic tweeter and winner of a nationwide poetry prize.

Swanson, a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recently was selected as the winner in American Home Shield’s online Twitterick contest. The company asked participants to write a limerick of 132 characters or less – short enough to fit in a tweet – about their home buying experience. Swanson’s effort earned first place.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was thrilled,” said Swanson upon hearing the news of her victory. “I usually don’t enter contests and I hadn’t written any kind of poetry in years. And at the time I entered, I hardly knew anything about Twitter. Now I use Twitter all the time!”

American Home Shield, the nation’s leading provider of home warranty coverage, launched the contest in August on their website, They received entries from across the country before selecting Swanson as the winner.

Swanson received a $3,000 Sears gift card, a $500 ServiceMaster gift card, and a Visa gift card worth $750 which can be used toward the purchase of an AHS home warranty service contract. AHS is part of the ServiceMaster family of brands.

Swanson already has definitive plans for some of the money. “My oven is as old as my house, about 50 years old, so I plan to replace it with the prize money,” said Swanson, who is a single mother with two children. “I also want to buy a water heater and maybe have my bath tub replaced.”

Here is Swanson’s winning entry:

Me and the bank own it now
Realtor plez take a bow
She helped me win
On my face, a big grin
1st time walkn in the door WOW!

About American Home Shield:
American Home Shield helped found the home warranty industry in 1971 and remains a leader in home warranties, servicing 1.3 million customers across 49 states. The Memphis-based company operates three customer service centers, employs over 1,800 employees and over 11,000 approved, independently insured contractors nationwide. AHS customers have total accessibility to request service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and AHS will arrange for the contractor to call you during normal business hours to schedule an appointment. American Home Shield is part of the ServiceMaster family of brands, one of the world’s largest and most versatile service networks. The company’s brands include TruGreen, TruGreen LandCare, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, and AmeriSpec.

About ServiceMaster:
ServiceMaster currently serves residential and commercial customers through a network of more than 5,500 company-owned locations and franchised licenses. The company’s brands include TruGreen, TruGreen LandCare, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, and AmeriSpec. The core services of the company include lawn care and landscape maintenance, termite and pest control, home warranties, cleaning and disaster restoration, house cleaning, furniture repair and home inspection.

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Heather Wilson
(901) 597-7710


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