While I was looking for REAL substantial online jobs this morning, I saw one that was asking for someone who could clone a website called Fivver.com. I was curious so I typed in the url and discovered that it was a site where people could easily list tasks that they were willing to do for $5.
When I was browsing through the site I was shocked by how significant and time consuming some of these tasks were. There are people willing to write high school essays for five dollars and there are people willing to write nasty letters in the voice of Thomas Jefferson for five dollars. Guitarists will create a blistering solo to add to your song for five dollars. Girls will pretend to be your girlfriend on Facebook for five dollars.
As an experiment, I decided to make an Fivver account and post a few gigs. I have no idea if anyone will take me up on these. I tweeted the least embarrassing one and got 60 views but no actual interest.
So, is this a job marketplace?… A social website?… Both?… Neither?…
Someone who is an astute observer of me and my weird personality said that Fivver caught my interest because of my desire to be noticed. I guess any website that manages to capitalize on that fairly common personality trait will thrive, at least until it’s members get distracted by the next venue that promises them the same thing but better.