Google has been known in the past to reward its users for trying its services, improving data, or even simply providing an opinion on some things. This type of goodwill is part of what draws some users to Google services in the first place. Whether it was offering free money for simply promoting Google Wallet, providing Google Drive space and other perks to Local Guides for Google Maps, or even just answering the occasional question about advertising or shopping habits with Google Opinion Rewards, Google has a history of compensating users for their time and information. A few days ago, the Google Crowdsource app was released, and it allows you to help out Google out of the kindness in your heart.
The app description sounds in many ways similar to the types of tasks doled out via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, which does (barely) pay users for their contributions, btw:
Do quick, simple tasks that have a huge impact – like improve the quality of Google Translate in your language, or of Google Maps in your country, etc. Each microtask takes no more than 5-10 seconds, so knock away a few the next time you find yourself with a few moments to kill – be it while waiting in line at the grocery store or on the train ride home. Everytime you use it, you know that you’ve made the internet a better place for your community.
The Google Crowdsource app has been downloaded between 1000-5000 times, and reviews are generally positive with a 4.3/5 rating. Several users have suggested rolling the app into Google Opinion Rewards, while others think there should be more tasks that aren’t related to translations. It’s entirely possible that in the future this app will reward users in some way. In its current form, however, you’ll need to provide your own pat on the back for being a helpful person.
So if you’re the charitable type who wants to help out your favorite multi-billion dollar company, Google Crowdsource may just be for you. You can pick up Crowdsource on Google Play at the link below.
Will you be lining up to “make the internet a better place for your community?” Will you be skipping this particular Google app release? Tell us all about it in the comment section below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.Download Crowdsource from Google Play