Spark Up!

Well, it’s money time, as it turns out! SocialSpark’s been launched for a little while now, and I’ve been an active member since just before it’s launch, and I’ve got to say, overall I really like it.

The ability to make extra cash I like, and I’m in love with the idea of sponsorships, though they way they go about it is likely to scare off visitors and null the advertiser’s attempts to get new customers. I also like the social aspect, it’s like MySpace only it doesn’t suck and it’s full of people you have at least *something* in common with, which really sets it apart from other social networking friend sites – plus, the great majority of the time your friends are actually there and easy to identify. That, and did I mention that you can make money?

In addition to this being a social network, you get a fairly in depth personal profile, like This One. I chose Nick’s profile because he’s one of my closest, and most insane friends.

Overall it’s really got potential, and I’m happy to be part of it, but some things about it drag the experience down a bit. The slow load time of the pages for one – what good is a pretty site if, by the time you load the page, the opp you want isn’t open anymore? And the wait list in queues is exceptionally long, plus half the time when a reserved opp becomes available it’s in the middle of the night so by the time I get to it, it’s already gone.

But making money on the site is easy once you get used to how things work, and everyone’s very friendly and easy to get along with. The rating systems rule, and the sparks ( non-paid opps that just give you something creative to write about ) are always a lot of fun and easy to write about, plus you occasionally come across ideas, issues and services you wouldn’t have known about before.

This post is sponsored by my old friend PayPerPost.

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