Amazon has launched a new site called Amazon Mechanical Turk in Beta which pays you to do such things as look at photos. Why would someone do this? Basically the reasoning behind it is that computers can do a wide range of tasks more efficiently than humans can, but there are certain areas where humans out-perform computers. An example of this would be picking out an object within a photograph.
I’m extremely skeptical when it comes to the “get paid to…” schemes on the Internet. In my opinion 99% of them are scams and a waste of your time. This one I came across is a bit different and may be worth checking out for a number of reasons:
1. It’s not an affiliate program and there is no additional pay for recruiting others
2. It’s being set up by a known company
3. All you need to do is have an Amazon account to get paid
I signed up, but the site seems to be experiencing a heavy traffic load at the moment. I received a
“Your request was not completed successfully. Please try it again. If you continue to receive this message, please try your request again later.”
message a number of time while navigating the site. I did manage to complete a couple of tasks and am waiting review to see if my answers were accepted. The pay was minimal ($0.03 for each task), but all it involved was checking off the best photo from a group of 5. Had the server been working and not continually giving me the “not completed successfully” message, it would have taken less than a minute to complete – with the message and trouble, I spend about 5 minutes getting the task done.
You’re not going to make a ton of money doing this, but it may be a way to earn an extra buck or two if Amazon can attract a good base of programmers that want to use the service.
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