Get Paid To Surf Schemes Just As Sleazy The Second Time Around
from the everything-2.0 dept
Recently, when a new "get paid to surf the net" service came out, we immediately had a feeling of deja vu, as it sounded just like many ridiculous schemes that came out during the last bubble. And as more information becomes known about it, it hasn't defied our expectations. Matt at VentureBeat signed up for a trial of the service, and noticed some pretty deceptive information from the company. What at first appears to be a dollar amount for how much someone can earn in a month is actually a number of "shares" that the user receives. It's not clear exactly what they mean by shares; presumably they entitle the user to some cut of the overall amount made, which means that in the near term they're worthless, and will probably remain so. That makes the whole thing more of a Ponzi scheme than we initially thought. Of course, we'll know the bubble is back when we see six or seven more copycat sites spring up rapidly.