Monday, July 02, 2007

July 3rd System Upgrade

A new message was posted on the Mechanical Turk today from Amazon:

We are upgrading our system on Tuesday, July 3rd, between the hours of 12:00am and 3:00am PDT. During these times, users will not be able to register for new Mechanical Turk accounts. Some users will be not be able to transfer funds or view account balances. Existing users can still submit HITs, but some payments will be delayed until the upgrade has finished. Statistics may also be inconsistent during this maintenance period, but will be correct after the system upgrade.

Back to Turking

There's a book I want to order from Amazon, so I've been doing some Turking again the last few days. It's still not as fun as the good old days right after it launched, but I've managed to make a few buck while laying on the couch late at night. I did about 50 short transcription hits for over the weekend, but so far they haven't been approved. The "Are these watches different?" hits from Amazon remind me of the good old days somewhat, since they're quick to do, but they seem to trickle them out and they're quickly gone. I probably won't have the patience to get ripped off for my work long enough to get the entire amount I need for the book, but it was fun to spend a few hours back in the slave yard.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

eMail from Amazon

I haven't gotten any eMail from Amazon about The Mechanical Turk for months, but last week I got one telling me about new hits available. The Geospatial Vision hits look very interesting, but also somewhat time consuming, especially for $0.08 a hit. I'm sure my little buddy Eric will be all over them, but he's desperately trying to avoid getting a real job anyway. I checked too late to see what the Enrovia Research hits were like. They must have been pretty good since there don't appear to be any available today.

Monday, January 08, 2007

MTurk Mentioned on

The Mechanical Turk was mentioned in an article on by Liz Pulliam Weston that talked about jobs you can do from home. As usual, they made MTurk sound like a great idea, but then pointed out the truth that most jobs there just don't pay very well.

Personally, I've been scanning the available hits every few weeks myself and there's just doesn't seem like there's much worth doing out there right now. Still no "killer apps," which has plagued the project since the beginning.