CrowdFlower, found online at CrowdFlower.com, is a company which handles the streamlining and posting of tasks for companies who are interested in utilizing crowdsourcing to fulfill their needs.
Crowdsourcing is a type of online, independent work which was established when companies discovered that certain basic assignments are more accurately done by humans than by computers, but are so basic that they create an unnecessary expense to have in house employees do them.
Instead, these companies have broken these assignments into small tasks that can be quickly completed independently by at home workers. And CrowdFlower says that they are the leading crowdsourcing service with over one billion tasks completed by over five million contributors.
However, CrowdFlower is actually a service for the companies who are interested in using crowdsourcing to help their workforce. Currently, they do not actually post tasks for completion; instead they partner with over fifty different companies who post them.
When you sign up as a contributor for any crowdsourcing site, the best way to be successful is to quickly collect as many skills or qualifications as possible. Depending on the site you are working with, you may need to take exams or tests, complete a certain number of tasks, or acquire a certain percentage of accurate results.
Many people attempt to make money through crowdsourcing by simply finishing as many tasks as quickly as possible. But this strategy can cause people to make mistakes, which not only means you won’t be paid for that job, but you will also lose credibility and have restricted access to jobs.
Achieving skills and qualifications will get you access to the best paying tasks, as well as access to the more interesting and complex tasks – not just the most basic. Ultimately, this is the only way to make crowdsourcing profitable.
If you have any experience with this company, please leave your CrowdFlower reviews below.
6 ‘CrowdFlower’ Reviews
Waste of Time
I accessed this through Swagbucks which I love, so I thought this would be good. Nope, complete waste of my time. Spent 15 mins on one task that was supposed to be 60 second search. 15 pages into looking for the exact wording on Google and the link it wanted doesn't exist. Kept saying I got the task wrong. As a site owner writing code is less frustrating than this site. If you value your time and worth, don't use this site.
It's actually not that bad.
I posted a bad review the other day when I was angry but I take it back. It's actually not that bad of a site, I've made about $7 over the course of about 2 hours per day for 2 days. Their customer service is a little bit bad but I've seen worse.
This site sucks.
The pay is terrible, and many tasks have broken test questions. If you contact them about it, they copy and paste a reply, close your ticket, and look into it no further. I'd recommend steering clear of them.
Exploiting Those Who Are Most In Need
Back in 2010 the CEO of Crowdflower, Lukas Biewald is quoted as saying the following when giving a presentation to a group of techies: “Before the Internet, it would be really difficult to find someone, sit them down for ten minutes and get them to work for you, and then fire them after those ten minutes. But with technology, you can actually find them, pay them the tiny amount of money, and then get rid of them when you don’t need them anymore.”
Crowdflower now make profits of around $3 million per year.
Many of their tasks pay less than $0.03 and take in excess of 5 minutes to complete, meaning hourly earnings for Crowdflower workers of around $0.25.
Need I say any more other than avoid them.