Wednesday, August 3, 2011

postheadericon Amazon's Mechanical Turk

Time for the my first post with actual content! Today I have decided to talk about a program from amazon called the mechanical turk. The Mechanical Turk is what is known as a crowdsourcing internet marketplace, and basically Requesters (employers basically) offer small to medium sized tasks for you to complete, each one having a different monetary reward.
A way Amazon is able to make sure Requesters get quality work is that they can only allow workers with certain qualifications.
As you make money with this program you are supposed to be able to buy products on amazon with your money earned, or transfer to a US only (sorry friends across the seas) bank account, which can be withdrawn as cash, or used however you like.
Unfortunately the Mechanical Turk is notorious for doling out simple repetitive tasks and has thus been dubbed a "virtual sweatshop."  Luckily I'm not one to complain about competitive work as long as the money is right. I'm going in, I'll let you all know how it went with my next post.

13 comments:

mentats4me said...

This interests me as i am always looking for ways to earn money in spare time from my pc.

Zack said...

Sounds cool

Heather said...

I'm definitely going to look out for you follow up, I could really use some extra money.

gog said...

im gonna try it

Diego Sousa said...

that's really interesting! it's easy to use?

mouserzero said...

Looks awesome

ninjastk said...

Well, time to try something new!

Ruben said...

i've tried this, it wasnt for me, but it's worth a try

Mike's Gaming and Random Stuff said...

nice post

LegitRutherford said...

If this Mechanical Turk pans out for you, I just might jump on the bandwagon myself. Thanks for the heads up; I'm always looking for a way to make a few extra bucks.

Jackson.k said...

Well, im using the adsense program now, but nothings wrong with supplimental income!

Shaw said...

Heard about this, but I was told the money was rarely worth the work.

Jacob McCann said...

Haven't heard of this before. Is it actually worth putting the time and effort into? I discuss things like this in my blog, and I'm wondering what your opinions on it are. Following for more similar info, cheers!