Friday, December 02, 2011

Markets in Everything: Online Micro-Labor

Hello Heroic: Facebook Meets Craigslist

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- "Cleaning the bathroom, making bag lunches and shoveling the sidewalk, they’re all tedious tasks.But now if you’re looking for help, you can pay someone else to do those chores with the click of a mouse. You even pick how much those jobs are worth.

It’s through a web site called called Hello Heroic. Think Facebook meets Craigslist, but you’re in charge."  Watch video above for more details.

See related WSJ article "Serfing the Web: Sites Let People Farm Out Their Chores" featuring micro-labor websites TaskRabbit ("Get just about anything done by safe, reliable, awesome people") and Zaarly.

7 Comments:

At 12/02/2011 8:45 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...


Serfing the Web: Sites Let People Farm Out Their Chores

Given that the worker has only nominal ability to negotiate in this economy, the title is apt.

The only thing this does is reintroduce the idea of slavery being a good thing and deference towards business.

 
At 12/02/2011 9:00 PM, Blogger Hydra said...

I'll see what I can farm out moving eight tons of hay bales for.

I will report back with the results.

 
At 12/02/2011 10:20 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"I will report back with the results"...

Yeah, let's see if one of those whining swine from the #ows answer your call...

 
At 12/02/2011 10:21 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"The only thing this does is reintroduce the idea of slavery being a good thing and deference towards business"...

So what you're saying sethstorm is that even if you need the money you won't answer an ad?

 
At 12/03/2011 1:34 AM, Blogger kmg said...

"So what you're saying sethstorm is that even if you need the money you won't answer an ad?"

Of course. He, like most leftists, think that robbing the productive to pay the lazy, is noble.

This is also known as being a Democrat.

 
At 12/03/2011 11:30 AM, Blogger juandos said...

"This is also known as being a Democrat"...

Yes indeed...

After all the Chief Thief thinks its O.K....

 
At 12/03/2011 9:35 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...


So what you're saying sethstorm is that even if you need the money you won't answer an ad?

No.

What I am saying is that it encourages unstable work, much like the kind practiced in the 1930s - as opposed to regular, secure, stable work that assumes more trust in the people that have the least.

 

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