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Preliminary Review of Tsu

Tsu is a very new social networking web site that has already started to create competition for established sites like Facebook. Visually, it looks a lot like Facebook. It also offers many of the same features as Facebook, but with a few twists. The main twist – and the reason for its early success – is that this new social media site gives 90% of its revenue back to the users who create the content that drive the platform.

I've been on Tsu for about a week now, and I have to say so far I'm impressed. The site is clean, well organized, and runs very smoothly for a platform that is undergoing such tremendous growth so early in its life. Tsu provides a good platform for sharing with friends and family , but it's really set up to encourage users to network and meet new people who share similar interests. Because of this, it's a much more outward-turning site than Facebook. And it's more interactive than either Twitter or Pinterest tend to be these days.

Royalties on Tsu are based on the site's ad revenues. So any activity on the user's content – page views, likes, comments, or shares – generates income.

And because the site has a family tree structure where users sign up under other users, it is also possible to earn a passive share of the income generated by one's “children” or “grandchildren.” Tsu says that the 90% is split evenly between the user whose content generates the advertising revenue, and their upline. So the first 45% goes to the user. Smaller shares then go to that user's parent, the parent's parent, and so on.

Most users seem to start earning some time in the middle of their first week on the site, depending on their activity level. I got my first royalty ($0.03) on the third night. I have continued to earn each night since, and am now up to a high of $0.09 for one day. This amount continues to grow as: a) I have new users joining Tsu as my children, and b) I gain more exposure for my content. A recent estimate circulating among members says that most users can earn from about $1 - $5 each day for doing exactly what they would do on other social media sites.

I figure I am posting up to a dozen status updates throughout the day, and sharing roughly eight posts written by other users. The rest of the time I spend on the site is taken up simply in commenting, liking good content, and responding to comments and messages left by my fellow users. The effort is very minimal compared to other sites offering similar returns.

Tsu is not going to make anyone rich, but I do like the fact that this site is socially equitable . I also like that Tsu is what it says it is. It truly is a social media platform. It's not a writing site trying to pass itself off as a social network.

Would I recommend Tsu to my readers? Definitely! The platform can easily replace Facebook and it pays the user for doing something most of us are already doing elsewhere – without remuneration. Tsu is a good place to network and discover like-minded people. It's also a good place to promote writing we do on Persona Paper or other writing platforms. In fact, posting a Persona Paper link on Tsu is double-dipping: we get paid first when the user reads, likes, or comments on Tsu then we earn some more for every user who clicks the link and comes to read our content here. You can't do that on Facebook!

This post is another contribution to Dawnwriter 's A-W Category Challenge .

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Image credit: The icon is one I made for use on Tsu. It uses the site colours, and features the katakana for the Japanese syllable that gives the site its name. This symbol has become popular as an emoticon in social media, for its resemblance to a smiley face.

Kyla Matton Osborne , free to use CC BY-ND 4.0

Image Credit » Kyla Matton Osborne, free to use (CC BY-ND 4.0)

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Ellis wrote on November 10, 2014, 8:37 PM

I've yet to check this place out but it sounds interesting..

rusty2rusty wrote on November 10, 2014, 9:08 PM

I really enjoy tsu. I have some people who are active and talk a bit. Others seem to have disappeared already.

rusty2rusty wrote on November 10, 2014, 9:16 PM

I have a tsu account. I really like it there so far.

bestwriter wrote on November 10, 2014, 9:16 PM

You seem to have got the ropes alright.


paperdaisyflower7 wrote on November 10, 2014, 9:35 PM

also been ther just a week not so active just on and off and waiting :)

celticeagle wrote on November 10, 2014, 10:02 PM

I am still skeptical of tsu but will stick around and see what happens. I can't find people who will join as my 'children' and stay active. Wish I could get the hang of that one. haha

Dawnwriter wrote on November 10, 2014, 10:40 PM

Thanks for a great review. I think we should all make use of it. We all know each other here so let's connect on Tsu as well, promote each other's posts and promote PP as well.

Dawnwriter wrote on November 10, 2014, 10:42 PM

Also if it is not against PP laws, can we share our Tsu names here so that it is easier for other PP members to find and connect with us. (I am Dawnwriter there)

iwrite28 wrote on November 10, 2014, 11:27 PM

Glad you are able to make that royalty. I never achieved more than $0.02 so I left TSU.

AngelSharum wrote on November 10, 2014, 11:38 PM

I didn't even know about the site. Send me a referral link on Facebook if you can and I will check it out.

midastouch wrote on November 11, 2014, 12:14 AM

I am always very impressed with your reviews, that's why I always want to read your articles. Very methodical and detailed. I am on Tsu too, though just some days old and not really making any bucks yet but it looks clean and neat and easily navigable. Let's see where the ship takes us to

LoudMan wrote on November 11, 2014, 3:25 AM

I just broke my first dollar there. $1.04, to be exact. I'm @DonPennington over there. :)

MegL wrote on November 11, 2014, 4:05 AM

I am on there but still finding my way round. Haven't earned anything yet.

AbbyBiha wrote on November 11, 2014, 8:32 AM

I too have a Tsu account and I do not have many followers yet.

WordChazer wrote on November 11, 2014, 2:27 PM

Like Ellis , I haven't checked it out yet, but I'm intending to. Twitter is brilliant and so are my writing sites, but anything that promises to worry FacePalm is a plus point to me.

AliCanary wrote on November 11, 2014, 2:49 PM

Facebook-you-get-paid-for sounds pretty cool, although the multi-level-marketing setup kinda cools my jets. I'm not a big fan of recruiting people, but I'll bet it's great for more social folks. The funny part is that, in Japanese, the 'u' in 'tsu' is silent, and it is pronounced "ts", as in the end of 'cats'. You need to add another 'u' to emphasize the sound. It does make a cute little face, though.

BarbRad wrote on November 11, 2014, 6:07 PM

I agree with all you've said. I will be adding my first impressions soon -- as soon as I have time.

BarbRad wrote on November 11, 2014, 6:10 PM

I have one child I don't believe I know from anywhere else, and that person has so far not even posted. I think almost everyone I know in the virtual world who wants to be there is already there. My shortcode is the same as here -- BarbRad. That's how most people know me now.

celticeagle wrote on November 11, 2014, 8:30 PM

Ya, I wish all these folks I do know weren't already there. I was bummed and then noticed I made another 0.09cents yesterday Whoot!

Ruby3881 wrote on November 13, 2014, 10:22 AM

I think that's the best thing: using a site like Tsu to promote our writing and Persona Paper. Loudman is doing a great job of promoting other PP writers on Tsu, as well :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 13, 2014, 10:23 AM

I am @Willowyfe there. I hope it's OK to post that here :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 13, 2014, 10:25 AM

Sounds to me like you didn't give it long enough....

Ruby3881 wrote on November 13, 2014, 10:27 AM

Congratulations! I wish more of my friends would join. So far a lot of folks aren't taking it too seriously, which is too bad because there is some good discussion there and I get the sense that when I share an article people are actually clicking the link :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 13, 2014, 10:32 AM

Thanks so much for the compliment!

Ruby3881 wrote on November 13, 2014, 10:41 AM

The MLM set-up threw me off a bit too, Ali. And I thought I wouldn't earn because I'm not one of those who collects friends and followers mindlessly. But even with my much more moderate practices, I am still earning and my network is growing. Slowly, mind you! But growing all the same....

Ruby3881 wrote on November 13, 2014, 10:45 AM

I don't think I've found you there yet, Daisy? What is your Tsu username?

AliCanary wrote on November 13, 2014, 11:25 PM

I see on the front page that you are the top recruiter here on Persona Paper, so congrats on that!

slexy143 wrote on November 15, 2014, 6:04 PM

I tried signing up on tsu but it's seems it's invite only. anyone care to invite me

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 12:29 AM

Let me know if you sign up! With all the work Feisty56 and others are doing, it looks as if perhaps Tsu will end up being quite the meeting place for web writers :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 12:30 AM

I have to check in with you again! Haven't bumped into you there in a couple of days...

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 1:38 AM

I am quite enjoying myself on Tsu, thank you Grace :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 1:39 AM

Glad you decided to join us, Angel! How are you liking it so far :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 1:40 AM

I'm still working my way towards that dollar. My children are starting to add children and even grandchildren, so I'm hoping if we can get them active that will help a good bit :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 1:41 AM

how is it going now, Meg? you seem to be finding your way :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 1:42 AM

I was glad you commented, Abby. I hadn't realized you were there! I think when I looked for writing friends on Tsu, many hadn't arrived yet. Now quite a few have joined :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 1:43 AM

I see you opened your account, but last time I checked you hadn't started posting yet. A lot of folks do that. Sometimes it takes a moment to get oriented :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 1:44 AM

you seem to have settled in very nicely on Tsu, Barb. It's great to see so many comments from you on my posts and others' :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 1:45 AM

Surely! You can use my username: Willowyfe. Just plug that in when asked for a "short code."

BarbRad wrote on November 16, 2014, 2:51 AM

I'm afraid I've gone overboard and gotten addicted. I'm not here as much as I should be. I have lots I want to write, but can't quite make myself do a photo essay. I just haven't been myself this week and there is so much real-life stuff I have to get done in these next two weeks. At Tsu I don't have to work very hard to post. I'm in my element.

MegL wrote on November 16, 2014, 3:25 AM

Ruby3881 . Still no moolah! But there's no rush. I am working out the different parts of Tsu.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 3:41 AM

Thanks Ali! I was actually surprised about that. you're doing very well too! Keep it up :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 1:39 PM

Try posting a bio pic, Meg. It doesn't have to be you. It can be a stock image you like, or a photo of a pet or a potted plant :)

katiemmoore25 wrote on November 16, 2014, 4:34 PM

I am on Tsu.. Although I have only made like 6 cents so far. Lol I don't understand how it works. I post and comment and like and get comments and likes on my posts but my bank hardly moves.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 17, 2014, 1:54 AM

I think it takes quite a bit to earn. I typically get at least 600-800 views in a day, sometimes 1,000 or more. Likes, comments and shares are fewer, of course, but they're decent too. I'm earning in the area of 5-7 cents a day, I guess.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 17, 2014, 2:01 AM

If you're struggling on Tsu, please feel free to look me up. I'm Willowyfe over there. If I can help you get settled in I'll be most happy to! I looked for you, but didn't find anyone with the alias you use here.

AngelSharum wrote on November 17, 2014, 5:33 PM

I'm liking it pretty well. I only have one child so I'm not going up fast, but still better than nothing.

WordChazer wrote on November 19, 2014, 3:14 PM

I had houseguests for the last few days, hence the hiatus in all online activity except eBay. Normal service shall resume henceforth and this weekend is slated as 'get to know Tsu' time. Sooner I earn, sooner I get that $100...

Glenn wrote on November 22, 2014, 1:38 AM

Now I'm really getting excited! And I'm looking forward to getting started writing on Persona Paper. It makes perfect sense that we can use Tsu to promote our articles here and on other sites. I know that Tsu allows that, and it's a great advantage for authors to attract more reader traffic while at the same time, increasing the payout due to both sites paying. What a wonderful idea!

WordChazer wrote on December 6, 2014, 4:32 PM

And 2 weeks later, I closed it again. 1k views for 1c does not do it for me. That's 14 days' work for 1c. No thanks. Not to mention all the plagiarists and copyright thieves. I think it's safe to say that for me the Facebook share and like model does not work. Because I am too sensitive to strangers calling me friends and people nicking my copyright. Remember I have a long history of pen'friends' and worked in academic publishing for several years...