Google launches crowd-sourcing competition site Prizes
Monday 04 July 2011
This latest site, released in Beta format on Sunday, July 3, was created by Google Slide - a largely autonomous division of Google, acquired in 2010, specializing in app and widget development.
Essentially Google Prizes is a competition site offering cash for solutions, advice or creations. Users can sign up to the site using their Facebook or Twitter accounts (Google accounts are not an option); once logged in users are then presented with a series of competitions, created by other users, each with a different challenge, cash prize and time limit.
Examples of competitions posted by users (currently only users who have been invited to create contests can do so) include: creating a mix tape of "soul tunes," planning a "hassle free trip" for a parent and child and finding a "perfect wedding outfit."
Each competition also has a cash prize attached which is posted by the creator of the competition. The cash transaction element of the website is handled by Paypal.
Users of the site submit their solution, which is then voted on by other Prizes users, and when the time limit of that particular contest runs out two winners are chosen - one by the contest creator and one based on number of votes received.
Interestingly no mention of the site appears to have been made on either Google or Slide's blogs.
Prizes - http://prizes.org
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