So here we are a tiny little startup trying to make a difference in the world in our attempt to create something of value for consumers and advertisers. We officially launched AdShouts.com this week to give social web users an opportunity to get paid for participating in social media ad campaigns relevant to their interests and characteristics. We figured with all the privacy concerns around social networks going on and the battle over who owns our interests on the Web intensifying, why not give social web users the ability to take ownership over some of these issues.
With companies like Facebook and Twitter trying to capitalize on our interests and data, we thought it would make sense to create something that enabled users to earn their share of the pie. Is there something wrong with this?
Apparently there is something wrong with this. According to Facebook we are a get rich quick and money making opportunity that offer compensation for little or no investment. Really? Facebook has concluded that we are nothing more then some scheme and that their users should not be exposed to our service. The gatekeeper has spoken on behalf of its 400+ million users.
So are we really a get rich quick and money making opportunity that offer compensation for little or no investment? You certainly aren’t going to get rich quick using AdShouts, I can guarantee you that! You won’t even get rich slowly let alone quick. Are we a money making opportunity that offer compensation for little or no investment? Sure we are a money making opportunity in the same sense that Facebook Credits, affiliate programs, and Google AdSense are money making opportunities.
So now we sit here scratching our heads trying to figure out what is so wrong about what we are trying to do. We thought we were on to something wonderful and full of promise but apparently we are not. Lets take this step-by-step. AdShouts are completely opt-in. We don’t force or trick anyone into signing up. And if you do sign-up and don’t like us for whatever reason you can always opt-out. We think this is fair and reasonable. Lets move on. AdShouts allows users to select their favorite consumer brands and topics of interest among a list of predefined entries. If you don’t see anything of interest, you can always suggest something new. Nothing out of the ordinary here either. AdShouts allows users to set the minimum price for participating in social media ad campaigns. So if your 5 seconds of time to participate in a social media ad campaign is worth $50 then you would enter in $50.00 as your minimum bid. What does this mean? This means that an advertiser would have to pay you $50 before you will ever receive and acknowledge their social media ad. We don’t see anything wrong with this. In fact this is the beauty of AdShouts, it empowers the user.