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Fivver: Is This a Sign of Desperate Financial Times?

Monday, April 19th, 2010

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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.

Super Lice did not Infest the US Senate

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

liceIn real life, there is nothing funny about Super Lice. That being said, this item in The Onion about Head Lice Going Around Senate is quite hilarious. It puts things in perspective.

The fictitious lice outbreak was not dealt with effectively because the politicians could not agree on a plan of action. Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) even made a privileged motion that all affected heads be immediately soaked in kerosene (not really it is satire). Using kerosene or gasoline to kill head lice is very dangerous, DO NOT DO IT. A teen in Indiana is in hospital with life threatening burns after the gasoline on her hair ignited. Even if you do not have a problem with head lice now, you should educate yourself. Visit www.super-lice.com and get the toxin free method that works, even on Super Lice. The term Super Lice refers to lice that are resistant to most of the toxic shampoos that are available over the counter or by prescription.

Are About.com ‘Experts’ Liable?

Friday, February 6th, 2009

This makes my head spin, and itch. An About.com expert recently advised people to consider using veterinary products to treat head lice. At least one commentator begged the author to take the post down.

The author has been a chemistry expert since 2001. This kind of bad advice makes me question the reliability of About.com and it has me wondering whether the site itself would be liable if some harm resulted from people following bad advice. The site has a medical review board that reviews any advice that is categorized as medical. The bad advice coming from a chemistry expert is very much medical in nature but is apparently not in the purview of this board.

EDIT: Here is the meaty part of the user agreement on About.com, I guess they are pretty much off the hook…

THE SERVICE AND THE SITES ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OTHER THAN THOSE WARRANTIES WHICH ARE IMPOSED BY AND INCAPABLE OF EXCLUSION, RESTRICTION OR MODIFICATION UNDER THE LAWS APPLICABLE TO THIS AGREEMENT. NEITHER ABOUT.COM NOR ITS AFFILIATES ENDORSE OR ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY OPINION, ADVICE OR STATEMENT ON THE SERVICE OR THE SITES.

UPDATE: I emailed a few people about this issue on the day that I found out about it. Once my concern came to the attention of some doctors on the medical review board it was dealt with quickly. The article is gone.