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Should have done my research first

After two weeks of spending every available hour on , last night I finally snapped and deleted my account.

I wish I hadn't even bothered to sign up, and that I had done my research properly first, reading articles like Amanda Blain's for example.

I have seen posts by both the mega-users she mentions, and I really fail to see how you can feel connected to that number of 'friends'. I had 14 friends and 15 followers, many of whom were posting links to work they'd published elsewhere. The ones I denied were posting photos that they had no right to be posting.

So, here are the reasons why Tsu, to me, was a complete waste of my time.

  1. They pay in US Dollars. By check. Not PayPal.
  2. Cashout is $100. Yes. ONE HUNDRED GREENBACKS.
  3. You earn 1 for 1,000 likes.
  4. To reach the dizzying heights of earning that one cent took me 14 days, several hours a day.
  5. The copyright issue of all those photographs everyone insisted on spamming me with.
  6. The 'nice post' comments that made Bubblews look like a beginner.
  7. Total asking to me. You're not my friend. I never met you before.
  8. The numbers of friends/followers you were likely to need to make any sort of impact.
  9. How many times do you want to see the same popular post shared in your feed?
  10. A with no commentary is not a post. I am immediately suspicious about it. Where's your story about your fabulous holiday?

So, I have to say, thank you to Ruby3881 for giving me the chance to sign up for Tsu. But my initial feeling about it merely being a Facebook ripoff with the promise of payment seems to have been correct, at least in my experience. I earn more on Bubblews for the same amount of time, and I have better community feeling from here than I ever found at Tsu. And my dislike of FacePalm/FartBlot is well known.

Another thing that confounds me. Many people these days (myself included) run adblockers so that the issue of the Disco Bees popup ad (for instance) won't affect me. How are advertisers going to make money by advertising on websites when everyone runs adblockers and won't see their crummy ads in the first place? And if a site relies on advertising revenue to pay its contributors, how are they going to be paid if no one is clicking on the ads?

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scheng1 wrote on December 7, 2014, 7:23 AM

Relax, just reading your article makes my blood pressure up. Yours must be very high now.

MegL wrote on December 7, 2014, 7:26 AM

Ah, so that explains why I have earned only 1 cent there!

WordChazer wrote on December 7, 2014, 7:54 AM

I didn't even wait that long, MegL . My patience wore thin with the constant reporting of copyright thieves and the fact that so many people considered a photograph with no further explanation to be a post. At the rate of 1 cent every 1,000 views I would have earned about a quarter by this time next year and for the amount of effort it was taking me, it just didn't feel worth it. All those lovely 'nice post' birdbrains from Bubblews would have loved it there, as they all seemed to have their own like circles and be able to game the system from day one.

WordChazer wrote on December 7, 2014, 7:55 AM

Perfectly relaxed, scheng1 . Working on an article for my main client, who pays standard admin office rates because I do a lot more than just write her articles.

Kasman wrote on December 7, 2014, 9:36 AM

Seems to be just another 'get rich quick' scheme - but not for the members! From what I have heard it is hard work and since I dumped FB some time ago I don't think I'll be signing up for Tsu.

WordChazer wrote on December 7, 2014, 10:26 AM

I don't even have FB, so what made me think I could enjoy Tsu, I don't know. I might have guessed from the get go that there would be some catch as you had to sign up in order to read all the details.

WordChazer wrote on December 7, 2014, 10:31 AM

Sounds sensible to me @TeresaWiza . I've always hated the 'nice post' comment too - I am in fact allergic to the word 'nice' in general.

Kasman wrote on December 7, 2014, 10:58 AM

WordChazer - that's also one of the reasons I haven't gone there - you are trapped in their web before you can do anything about it! Amanda Bain certainly took a lot of criticism but I think she is right. I wonder what her opinion of Bubble Ooze would be! :)

rahulgugu wrote on December 7, 2014, 12:22 PM

ah a guy suggested me to use tsu too but i denied !! it didnt get my attention at all

AngelSharum wrote on December 7, 2014, 12:48 PM

I've been using TSU but I'm thinking of stopping. I'm up to 65 cents I think it is, in two weeks I believe. I just don't know about posting my photos there until they get the copyright problems fixed.

WordChazer wrote on December 7, 2014, 12:58 PM

Sensible. rahulgugu . I'm not sure it was worth it - seemed like an awful lot of of effort for not a great deal in return.

WordChazer wrote on December 7, 2014, 1:01 PM

Well angelsharum , that's 65c more than I earned...

AngelSharum wrote on December 7, 2014, 1:12 PM

I don't think I'd ever reach $100. I have three children but they don't

WordChazer wrote on December 7, 2014, 2:28 PM

I never managed any MLM style shenanigans. Anyway, why would I want to ENCOURAGE people to be on a site that gives 'this' (snaps fingers) for copyright?! Especially after all you have written on the subject lately.

AliCanary wrote on December 7, 2014, 4:02 PM

As I understand it, if you are using an ad blocker, we are not getting any credit for your page views when you read our articles. Please consider disabling your ad blocker (just for this site). I had an ad blocker and then found out people weren't getting credit for my views, so I told it to piss off when I am Persona Paper.

AliCanary wrote on December 7, 2014, 4:03 PM

Ha ha! My dad hated the word "nice", too. He thought it was too generic.

celticeagle wrote on December 7, 2014, 7:40 PM

I agree with most you have said about Tsu. I also got tired of the fake rosters people kept posting where they had made so much and had so many friends and followers. It was rather strange how after the first two or three weeks I noticed a very clear and definite decline in posting and such on there. It is rather sad that I wasted so much time on there feeling I would get set up and in a rhythm and then I'd be okay. That never happened. It would take me years to reach the $100 bucks I finally found out that you had to reach before you could redeem. I make about 0.65cents on there in about three weeks. I had about 300 followers and 280 friends. Several I knew but only about 25 of them. This just goes on to show me that when something looks too good to be true it usually is.

And as far as the ad thing goes- I don't get it either. Although I did read a good article about this that stated basically that they will find us regardless and find other ways to reach us. I don't remember EVER clicking on an ad and I don't and never have used the adblocker software.

WordChazer wrote on December 8, 2014, 5:47 PM

It is. It's a horrible, woolly, filler word.

WordChazer wrote on December 8, 2014, 5:51 PM

Until the first spammy popup ad, which was why I installed it in the first place...

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 8, 2014, 11:53 PM

I'm really enjoying Tsu, and I think I'm going to enjoy it more as time goes on. I'm not looking for it to be a big money maker. It's much better than Facebook, which I primarily use as a promotional tool and not for fun. I haven't found many friends yet, and I only accept friend requests from people I am acquainted with. Tsu is somewhere that I can connect with many other writers, much more so than any of the other social networks I belong to, and I am enjoying that. There are still some kinks to be worked out, but the site is still very new. Facebook wasn't built in a day. It will take Tsu some time to catch up.

As far as the copyright issues, I think the reason they seem to be such a big issue is because there is such an emphasis on original work that's lacking on other social networks. Tsu attracts writers and photographers who are much more sensitive to copyright infringement than the general public, and I think their outcry against it will go a long way in curbing the problem. That isn't going to happen on Facebook.

Maybe it's because I'm so discriminating in the people I chose to friend and follow, but I have seem only a small amount of spammy comments, and little to none of it has been on my posts.

I've earned four cents so far on Tsu, but that's fine with me. I've seen results from promoting my links there that have earned me more than that. In the short time I've been there, I've probably had more views come from Tsu than Google+, definitely more than Pinterest, maybe as many as Twitter, and it will probably out pass Facebook in the future. If I never reach payout there, it's already been of monetary value to me.

WordChazer wrote on December 9, 2014, 4:07 PM

The way you feel about Tsu is the way I feel about Twitter. Some sites 'just work' for some people, some don't. Glad to hear it's working for someone, at least.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 10, 2014, 1:33 AM

I like Twitter a lot, too. G+ is just kind of there. I like that links I post there show up in Google searches, but other than posting links, I've never really gotten into it. I consider Tsu to be a long-term investment. As for Facebook, the only thing I really like about using it is the ability to have pages associated with my blogs (I have a page and Guiness the Cat has a page). If it weren't for keeping up with a few personal friends, I could be quite happy without a personal account. It's frustrating, boring, and a hassle to find anything on your timeline, and that's not even getting into all the copyright abuse. Ugh.

WordChazer wrote on December 10, 2014, 4:46 PM

Like like like. (grin)

WordChazer wrote on December 10, 2014, 4:49 PM

Even my longest-standing friend refused to friend me on FB when I sent her an invite, that's how bad it is. I thus take full advantage of the fact that FartBlot is not mandatory...

celticeagle wrote on December 10, 2014, 11:17 PM

Yep. Yep. Yep. LOL

FreyaYuki wrote on December 18, 2014, 1:16 AM

I've been hearing a lot about Tsu but never found the time to check it out. Now, I know I'll never check it out thanks to this informative post. I've heard some negative things about the site but there were positive things too so I thought I'd try to do more research about it when I have more time. But, considering the things you said, it seems pointless and useless to be on the site. Why won't they pay by PayPal and why do you have to earn $100 before you can cash out? Do they even pay? Has anyone even been paid by that site? Before they increase or have such a huge payment threshold, they should first prove that they actually pay. And, wow, you need 1,000 likes just to get 1 cent? That sounds like a joke. How do people earn from that site? I also heard something about Tsu being some sort of pyramid scheme. Maybe that's true?

Katherina201 wrote on December 22, 2014, 7:52 PM

This is the first I've heard of Tsu. I live in the swamp with little outside contact.
Anyway, thanks for the information. I won't waste my time even looking at it.
I don't run an ad blocker and do click on an ad once in a while. Want to support those who are supporting me.

WordChazer wrote on December 23, 2014, 4:11 PM

I thought the same too, FreyaYuki . All of the non-US members were wondering if they would ever be paid. Over here, to convert a check (cheque) to pounds GBP costs between £5 and £10 and $100 is only £60 to start with so already you've lost another fiver to to bank charges. There are people who have been paid by the site, but they have THOUSANDS of followers, literally. I can't even begin to comprehend keeping up with that number, nor actually feeling connected with them in the way that I do with people here. Pyramid scheme = you earn a percentage from all the people you sign up. Now I have never been good at signing people up to anything, so that was a non-starter for me. I can multi-level market to a point, but beyond that, no chance. But these days things are different and this is how some people make their money.

WordChazer wrote on December 23, 2014, 5:06 PM

I live in a swamp of words, katherina201 , so it's good to know I'm not alone. I have switched off my ad blocker for this site (at least for now) as although I never click on ads, I would like others to earn from the ads shown on my pages when they read them. As for Tsu, I have more valuable ways of earning money online and I never was a fan of the FB model anyway.

RuthCox wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:40 PM

I am doing just fine with Tsu using it as a promotional tool. I am fortunate that I get few spam comments and I ignore them and whence they came if I do. I am picky about my connections, so that helps in that respect. Over the years I have learned to apply myself to a site for what I intend it and I've learned to ignore those who aren't part of the game plan. I enjoy building long term friends and supporters and enjoy mutual engagements. I get that pretty much wherever I apply myself and stay focused on the positive, ignoring the negative.

WordChazer wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:13 AM

Good to hear it's working for you. It does, for some people, it seems. Just not my bag, though. Happy to see you here on PP now too. Welcome.
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