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Experience the life of a Worker on Mechanical Turk

The experience as a worker on these various Crowd-worker sites was an unpleasant one.

  • Amazon Mechanical Turk did not allow us to register as Indian workers. The review process took 2 days after which we were informed that the account cannot be activated.
  • There seemed to be some glitches with the Microworkers platform, their policy dictates the registration of one user per IP. We made several attempts at creating an account, from different workstations - however we always received a message that our IP's were already connected to some account. Hence we could not register here as well.
  • The experience on CrowdFlower/Clickworker was slightly better since we were able to register and activate our worker accounts.
    • Though we had active accounts, available work was scarce and we were only able to generate 0.1 Euro per member on Clickworker.
    • There were also no available tasks on CrowdFlower due to a high level (i.e level 1, level 2 or level 3) of contribution required. There did not seem to be any entry-level tasks available.
    • Around 0.0125 USD was generated by completing surveys on various CrowdFlower Contribution Channel partners like InboxDollar, SwagBucks and ClixSense which hosted CrowdFlower microtasks (also not available).

What we liked from this experience is that people can do work from home and try to earn a living from themselves, and maybe do something that they like. The thing that we disliked was that it clearly showed that despite a decent internet connection, competence and willingness to work, entry-level opportunities on Crowdworking platforms are rare, especially for people living outside the United States.

Experience the life of a Requester on Mechanical Turk

We weren't able to register as a Requester on Mechanical Turk as only people who were citizens of the United States could register as a requester.

We really liked the concept of people giving mundane tasks they might not want to do, or might not have time to do, to the community of crowdworkers and allotting some money to pay these workers for accurate and acceptable work. Something that I disliked during this experience is that workers are not respected for the work they have done, and the work-pay ratio hasn't been standardized by any of the crowdworking platforms.

Explore alternative crowd-labor markets

Being denied access to Amazon Mechanical Turk as CrowdSource workers, we can only compare it with various other crowdsourcing websites based on the fair idea we have from forums and discussion pages.

We have chosen oDesk for comparison since ... oDesk is a..

Comparing Mechanical Turk with oDesk :

  • Mechanical Turk is basically meant for short-term tasks, while on the other hand oDesk is chiefly meant for long-term tasks.
  • Mechanical Turk has the upper hand over oDesk in terms of cost.
  • oDesk consists mostly of human-to-human interaction. Workers don’t expect to interact with an automated process for being hired, assigned a task and evaluated.
  • As far as Crowdsourcing is concerned, Mechanical Turk is a far better option as it involves tasks being done by interested contributors while in the case of oDesk, it largely deals between humans where oDesk acts as a platform to interact.

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