Monday, March 13, 2006

Is Turking.com Dead?

Turking.com has been down for 4 days. Previously it's been down for one or so but never this long, as well the front page has seemed pretty much abandoned for some time. So it seems there's only one Turker dedicated forum now. Which is kind of sad, now granted I never was very fond of Turking.com, it sprang out of an overgrown thread at SomethingAwful.com, which although the guys over there are entertaining as heck, most admit that they are jerks, thus the name "Something Awful".

Overall the Turk community is still in a slow decline since the early beta days when 100s of thousands flocked to mTurk to check out how they can make money while sitting at home on their computer. Part of the problem is the slow development of sites and services that use mTurk, although many sites/services are being built, the only current service that I regurlarly see HIT's from is CastingWords, other common HIT's are from Amazon or companies using mTurk to process there data such as Enrovia Research.

But I see many success services and sites popping up over the next 6 months, and perhaps the community will begin to thrive once again.

4 Comments:

Blogger Philipp said...

They're only allowing US developers to try this, maybe they should open up?

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the only US requirement is that requesters submit their money via a US bank account. The Join Greenfield scam looked like it was done by someone in the UK.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Sherwood said...

I think we're just at the shallow end of a long curve. Once enough companies start putting HITs into the system, the curve will start climbing.

I think the biggest barrier to experimentation is the expertise needed to build a HIT. HIT-Builder notwithstanding, most people curious to try this don't have the inhouse expertise to channel data into and out of the system.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Stick_Fig said...

Turking.com died out of hosting concerns. DJChris420 couldn't afford to pay for hosting anymore, and to be honest, the site's popularity and the scene itself didn't hold up very well.

I currently have an offer on the table to buy the domain name, so consider Turking.com dead.

4:19 PM  

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