Short Task Review – Complete Waste of Time???

short task reviewIs Short Task a waste of time? Or is it a good place to make some extra money from home? This Short Task review will leave you with no doubts.

What Is Short Task?

Short Task is a crowdsourcing website. Crowdsourcing is when you pay a lot of people small amounts of money to do something. For example, at ShortTask, you might earn two cents for liking a Youtube video or finding something on Google search.

Workers at Short Task are called solvers, while job posters are called seekers.

You can’t make a lot of money doing crowdsourcing work, but since the tasks are usually so easy and take such a short time to do, it’s possible to earn some extra cash this way.

Amazon mTurk is the most popular crowdsourcing site. Short Task isn’t nearly as popular, and although it has been around for almost 10 years, I don’t think a lot of people know about it.

Inside Short Task — A Close Up Look

I signed up to Short Task. There were only four tasks there (one got added a short time later). If you look at the screenshot above, you’ll see four categories, with hundreds of tasks in each category. The thing is that for some categories, you can only do one task per person. After all, you can only like a Youtube video once. In addition, some seekers want data done by different workers, not all of the tasks gobbled up by the same person.

One of the categories let me do as many tasks as I wanted, but there were no instructions accompanying task! I’m sure I won’t get paid for just clicking the submit button. This task was probably posted a long time ago and the seeker forgot about it or something. Besides, the pay rate was less than a cent per task, without information about how much less than a cent…

Also, Short Task doesn’t seem to have much of a reputation; you can hardly find much about it on the internet. There are two reviews on SIteJabber, where it got one star, and where one person complained that they weren’t getting paid on time.

Another thing I noticed is that sometimes, the jobs on Short Task basically involve an email address somewhere. Basically, it’s someone’s idea of building up their email list or membership site for cheap. This job actually pays you 40 cents, as opposed to the usually 1 to 4 cents. But again, you can only do sign up once.

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So, Is Short Task Legit? Can It Really Be True?

Short Task may be legit. But, in my opinion, there just isn’t enough work to make it worthwhile. Yes, getting paid two cents for liking a Youtube video isn’t bad, but it doesn’t mean anything when there are so few jobs that you can only earn a few cents a day. The minimum payout is only $10, which is good, but I would be afraid of not getting paid. After all, their site looks quite outdated, and there’s not enough of a reputation that I can rely on.

In fact, I think that crowdsourcing jobs in general aren’t usually worth it, unless they’re super easy and take just a few seconds to do. All to often, unfortunately, crowdsourcing jobs take up to a few minutes to do, and only pay you a cent or two for that work. 

3 Comments

  1. Keitlyn

    These crowdsourcing websites will never last. Or if they do, as is the case with Short Task, they are completely abandoned and make finding work impossible.

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Keitlyn!

      I’m not sure about that. You’re right, most crowdsourcing sites don’t seem to be that successful, but Amazon mTurk has a lot of traffic and activity. It’s a tremendous success, but hey, it’s Amazon who runs it, and they sure know how to be successful 😀

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  2. Nikoli

    This is the first time I’ve ever heard about crowdsourcing. Who would have thought that I could turn a profit from all the countless hours I’ve wasted perusing YouTube? Brave new world…

    Reply
    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hey Nikoli!

      Unfortunately, crowdsourcing is far from a paradise. To me, it looks more like a sort of digital sweatshop, where people work for pennies per job.

      All the best,

      Ben

      Reply

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