I met one of the developers of Hibe.com at the Privacy, Identity, and Innovation Conference (Pii2012) last week. The idea of a social networking site that didn’t sell my personal information got my attention. But the biggest draw was this:
Hibe allows each user to control who sees what items they share. So you can keep your “fun pics” in a separate space that a potential employer (or your parents) will never see. It’s also possible to build a sample portfolio, or set up a resume. I could go on about it, but they have a video:
I’m way on board with Hibe. If all goes well, I should be able to migrate over from Facebook in a few weeks. I’m hoping most of my contacts follow me. Otherwise, it will be me and my virtual crickets for awhile. 🙂 Getting it set up does take a bit more thought than other sites. Who qualifies as friends? Who do I think of as family? Even though you can put people in multiple categories, I’ve done more thinking about it in the past week than I have in a long time.
I only had one problem setting the account up was trying to pictures in my profile from the outset. It’s easier to set up your profile, then go back and add pics in. But I sent an email, and the folks at Hibe are getting on it ASAP. So it shouldn’t be an issue much longer.
I think it’s worth joining up.
You may have seen the Fandealer banner I put up on the side of my blog. Fandealer is a site where people can get paid for liking Facebook pages or +1 something on Google, following Twitter accounts, or liking Youtube videos. It’s similar to Fanslave, another “pay for Like” service. So, which one do I like better?
I’d have to go with FanDealer, and here’s why.
First, Fanslave is strictly Facebook likes, while Fandealer also works with Google, Twitter, and Youtube. This means more chances to earn money. Second, Fanslave has been down quite a few times since I joined. It can also be a little hard to use. Fandealer, on the other hand, is a sharp, clean, easy to use site.
The hard thing about both sites is that earning money is a really slow process. Even logging in every single day since I joined has only earned me around 2 Euro on each site. You can’t cash out until you’ve earned 15 euro. If my earnings rate holds steady, it’ll probably be four months before I can cash out.
I think the main point here, aside from Fandealer is the higher quality of the two sites, is that neither of these should be used as primary income gainers. Even though it only takes five minutes to deal with each site, it’s still a bit of a time suck for the amount of reward.
Log in for the fun of getting paid to like pages. But do realize that if you’re concerned about your facebook security and would rather keep your page private, this isn’t for you.
Don’t worry, I’ve started to do research on rental assistance resources for my readers, because that seems to be a hot search topic right now. So you’ll have either a post or a separate page (prolly both) very soon.
In the meantime, something odd caught my eye. A couple of weeks ago, I paid $5 to get 1,000 facebook fans for my nonprofit’s page. And I’m not ashamed of it either. 🙂 But that got me thinking: If folks are selling facebook likes, then there should be a way to get PAID for liking pages. And lo, there is.
Fanslave lets you sign up and get paid (usually about 3 cents a shot) to click like on Facebook fan pages. I figure it’s worth a tryout, even though it’s not much money per click. I’m on FB a lot anyway, may as well do something with it.
You can click on that link and check it out for yourselves, and I’ll keep you updated here as well.
BBC gives us a look at what would happen if real life were like Facebook. When you take it offline, it seems…just not right.