Google+ is just the beginning

Google has been getting a lot of press lately for the development of its new social venture – Google+. But the beastly company has been dipping its toes in other waters, too, including an online contest site. This is thanks to its acquisition of Slide, a social gaming company, and the reason the new site doesn’t really look like it belongs to Google.

Prizes.org launched this past weekend, and can best be describes as a social contest website. Basically, users create contests that involve solving some sort of problem, like answering a question or completing a particular task. The user then awards the best answer a cash prize that typically ranges from about $10-$50. The contests can be anything from naming a new restaurant or answering what the best dog food brand is.

You may remember Slide from the creation of Disco, another Google creation that lacks the Google look and feel. Disco is a group chat app for iPhone and Andriod.

So what do you think? Will you pay someone to help name your startup or to give you advice about the best vacation spot? Or will you be more the type of person to answer questions in hopes of winning the prize? Although I can’t see myself creating any contests, you might find me answering a question or two.

July 5, 2011 · Posted by in misc, social media, web  

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One Response to “Google+ is just the beginning”

  1. Pete Prodoehl on July 5th, 2011 10:04 am

    In the area of “getting paid” for doing things online, I remember seeing WP Questions, which is for answering questions about WordPress quickly. The idea is, if you have a WordPress problem that needs fixing, you can ask a question, and offer a dollar amount, and wait for the answers. In most cases you could get the answer yourself, but it may involve reading docs and searching forums/wikis. If you’re willing to pay, you can get it faster.

    There’s also Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, which leverages real humans doing (sometimes) menial tasks for (small amounts) of money.