The web is rich with ideas. I enjoy testing those ideas, playing with the concept and drawing my own opinion in the absence of spin. My latest little experiment is with Fiverr.com (don’t ask me why there are two r’s in Fiverr).
So let’s go.
What is Fiverr? Wikipedia says it better than I do (here). But even Wikipedia displays a little warning: “This article appears to be written like an advertisement. Please help improve it by rewriting promotional content from a neutral point of view and removing any inappropriate external links.”
Fiverr, stylized as fiverr, is a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, referred to as ‘gigs’ beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name. The site is primarily used by freelancers who use Fiverr to offer a variety of different services, and by customers to buy those services. It effectively acts as microtask marketplace.
Currently, Fiverr lists more than 1.3 million services on the site that range between $5 and $500.
Fiverr is a microtask marketplace. ok, if you say so, and they’re apparently serious, my favorite lines from the site are:
Whenever you want to mention us, please use the ® sign next to our name, like this – Fiverr®. Also, the word Gig® is a trademark of Fiverr, so the previous rule applies.
They trademarked ‘Gig’? Now I have to go back and copy-paste the ® symbol all over my Pussy Riot posts. Merde. (Has anything shorter ever been trademarked?)
Lets give this thing a try. I’ve oodles of talent, some hidden some less so, but I should be able to make $5 sharing information obviously worth hundreds, shouldn’t I?
It took me about 5 minutes to set up a Gig®, the only hiccup was when I did something against the rules! I posted a link to Brandnet® referencing examples of what might be in store for the lucky micro-client. My bad. Lesson learned, Gig® updated.
My first impressions left me hoping for something a bit more serious, but it looks like fun. Optimistic by nature, I imagine the serious microtasks float to the top. Or do they? I was actually tempted to have my full name written on a grain of rice.
Now I’m waiting. I’m going to prepare a video. I’m thinking of dressing up as a giraffe. They seem to be popular recently.
UPDATE: Here’s the Gig®