Social Media Matters: Can you get quality work for only $5?

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, June 8, 2012
Metro section

Can you get quality work for only $5?

Fiverr.com is an interesting website where people promote themselves for hire for the grand sum of only $5.

Some of Fiverr.com’s categories include gifts, graphics, video, social marketing, travel, writing, advertising, music and audio, fun and bizarre, tips and advice, business, technology and programming.

While many of the services offered are perfectly legitimate, I can’t imagine how some people make money here. For example, one gentleman offers to proofread any document up to 2,000 words long for $5. That’s a ridiculously low price and one has to wonder how in the world he can make money doing this, let alone speculate on the quality of the work.

As well, many people on Fiverr.com offer to create video testimonials for you. While this may be good for them, one has to wonder about the ethics of soliciting paid testimonials. How accurate and authentic would they be? Not very likely.

For example, Fiverr.com user promotes his offering as “I will create a video or audio testimonial in any emotion or style for $5.” Another user promotes “I will write you a glowing testimonial that you can add to your sales page for $5.” There are some unique services, though. Some of these include “I will make a 30 second, HD video of myself dancing in spandex with a custom happy birthday message for $5” (danielgreen); “I will create a personalized neon luggage tag for $5” (quirkalert); and “I will colorize a black and white photograph for you or a loved one for $5” (mrphotowiz).

In addition to offering your services, you can also seek to hire someone. For example, I saw that one user is looking for someone to design a company website for $5.

That’s one of the more ridiculous demands. What designer in their right mind would agree to this?

In the end, you get what you pay for. I can’t imagine any corporate website design for $5 being even remotely satisfactory and original.

The website is fun to browse and there are some cool services being offered, however just beware that there are some professional services such as graphic design, writing, video production, etc., that are very difficult to justify at such a low cost.

Sussex students’ video goes viral

I love seeing New Brunswick-produced videos go viral. After uploading a parody of LMFAO’s Sexy and I Know It called From Sussex and I Know It, a group of Sussex teens have become YouTube stars now that their video has gone viral with more than 250,000 views. The video features Jed Webster and Nathan Brown who starred in the video as part of a school project.

The entertaining homemade video shows the teens dancing and singing the parody that also stars a large number of cows, obviously a tribute to Sussex’s well-known reputation as a dairy town. To check out the video, visit youtube.com/SussTownCrew or check out the video below:

Labatt no fan of Twitter these days

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Labatt not happy with this pic of Luka Magnotta drinking their beer

What happens when a newspaper publishes a photo of an alleged brutal killer holding a company’s product? In Labatt’s case, the beer maker threatened to sue a Montreal newspaper earlier this week after it printed a photo of now-infamous Luka Magnotta drinking a bottle of Labatt Blue.

According to a Toronto Sun report published June 5, Twitter users decided to have some fun at Labatt’s expense and started reposting the photo with fake Magnotta-related marketing slogans under the hashtag #newlabattcampaign. Magnotta is accused of murdering and dismembering Chinese student Jun Lin.

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Every week, I feature three YouTube channels for you to check out. Have a favourite channel? Let me know about it and I may feature it here! Statistics are current to June 5.

1) America’s Got Talent (78,026 subscribers): With nearly 75 million total views, this companion YouTube channel to the popular summertime NBC reality series is a great way to promote the show. It’s nice to see that the show’s producers understand the power of YouTube by allowing the videos to be embedded as well. (Most popular video: America’s Got Talent YouTube Special – Jackie Evancho – 12,272,214 views.)

2) Quirkydude – BB Episodes (16,933 subscribers): Big Brother is one of the most ridiculous shows on television with zero redeeming qualities – and I can’t stop watching! I only started watching a few years ago after prompting by a co-worker. Today, I won’t miss an episode. It’s good summer mindless fun. This YouTube channel archives every episode. I’m still not sure why CBS hasn’t shut down the channel yet due to a copyright claim, but I’m not complaining. (Most popular video: Big Brother 13 – Episode 1 – Part 1 – 163,532 views.)

3) The Pet Collective (8,472 subscribers): This is a relatively new pet-related YouTube channel that started in January of this year. It describes itself as a channel that celebrates “our furry friends and the enriching effect that pets have on our lives through informative and adorable content. Join esteemed animal experts, trainers and behavioral specialists; a plethora of the cutest pets; a star studded celebrity lineup; and an active animal loving community.” The channel already has an impressive 167 videos with a total of more than 2.1 million views. (Most popular video: Dogs in Love – Dogs at Play – 521,519 views.)

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