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It was around the time that MySpace was on it’s downward spiral that I joined Facebook.  It was MANY moons ago, and I’ve seen it change from a small site which people hung out on to one of the top, and probably the most press-dominating social networks of the day.  It’s been a fairytale story for Mark Zuckerberg, but for the users, it’s been quite rocky too.

So, I keep an eye on new networks, just in case there’s anything that I think might be worth recommending.  In this series of articles, myself and serveral other writers will be sharing their experiences on the various networks we all use.


Today, I want to recommend something new…

With a few cautionary notes, of course.  I’ve been trying out both Ello and Tsu recently.  Today I’m going to focus on Tsu.

Tsu claims to offer it’s participants a share of the revenue it makes, depending on how active you are.  It says that it shares revenues and unlike Facebook considers all members equal.  It DOES use advertising, which ELLO does not, but that’s ok, because I think that’s where their revenue comes from.
As for how it works – it’s basically a blog system where you can post ‘updates’ and follow one another – it’s got all of the basic social things you want, but it’s no frills.  I’m sure if it takes off that will change, but it’s certainly not a social media network replacement.  And while it’s nice to earn a couple of cents here and there, I’m not hearing from people who are earning anything extraordinary.

As for me?  Like I said, there are some cautions.  It wants a lot of personal data at signup, including date of birth.  It can all be hidden from your profile, but some people don’t like that.  That said, Facebook now asks for your date of birth, and Google asks, but I don’t think it’s a mandatory question.  The fact that you have to join through someone’s referal link also seems to be a bit limiting, and strikingly designed like an MLM type project – the only difference being, you don’t pay for anything, you just get a share of your ‘family tree’s’ earnings.

I would rate it as a must try though – if only because it seems to have a huge uptake right now in my circle of readers, writers and artists.  And there’s no harm in having it and using it to cross-post to both Twitter and Facebook, which it can do.  Just be aware that the links aren’t always ‘pretty’ and the earning potential, for now, doesn’t look like it’s going to break anyone’s bank.  Want to join me anyway?  If you’re already there, I’m Kaiberie, and you can join on my link – that way I can friend you later!

Kai Wilson-Viola writes under various names, and in all genres. Co-founder and webmistress of the IAG site, she writes content on request of members.
She has written several books including the Ten Hour Marketing Plan and 12x12 - tutorials for social media.
When not writing, she can be found maintaining sites, designing themes, managing a charity called the Less than Three foundation, gaming, knitting or reading.