Milestone 1 techvcromaniac

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Experience the life of a Worker on Mechanical Turk

We could not try mTurk because they were not allowing sign ups from India. So we tried ClickWorker. It required us to fill a lot of surveys and interests. There were assessments tests of English and Information sorting techniques.

For every new kind of job we need to prove out eligibility through a test. The number of HITs (jobs) were very less and most of the time were not available The common HIT found was to categorize webpages based on their content maturity. The pay per HIT was very less (0.01$) and number of HITs available varies from time to time. Job was easy but sometimes required more time. The total earning is very less compared to the time spent on the jobs. The jobs get boring and there is a lack of variety.


Explore alternative crowd-labor markets

Compare and contrast the crowd-labor market you just explored (TaskRabbit/oDesk/GalaxyZoo) to Mechanical Turk:

These markets have different work, including more skilled jobs and interesting ones. The user interface is much nicer than mTurks.


Readings

MobileWorks

Its strengths:

1. Good Accuracy

2. Employment

3. Ease of Access through mobile and for users with low bandwidth internet.


What can be improved about the system?

1. It can make more kinds of work available besides OCR.


mClerk

Its strengths:

1. Accessibility (Internet not needed)

2. Non English Tasks

3. Accurate Enough

4. More pay compared to MobileWorks


What can be improved about the system?

1. Other Payment Methods: Only mobile recharge is not really that useful for workers.


Flash Teams

Its strengths:

1. Organized way of doing things

What can be improved about the system?

1. The concept can be integrated with jobs like on mTurk.