Find An Army of Willing Workers Online – Here’s How

Businesses all over the world almost continually need one thing – good workers. The need for good workers at a reasonable rate is universal – it doesn’t matter if you’re the owner of a one person business or a multi-million dollar business, from time to time you’re going to need help to get tasks done. And now there is a place online where you can find jobs, but you can also find workers. Let me tell you a little about it especially if you are looking for work or are a business person looking for workers because a good resource is too good to keep hidden.

Admittedly, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk has an odd name. Perhaps that’s why the users really call it Mturk. If you want to understand what it is, think of a hiring hall with lots of unemployed workers milling around. Businesses that need workers contact the hiring hall’s clerks, who process the requests and then call out into the hall: Three longshoremen! A finish carpenter! Four accountants who don’t make many math errors! Mturk is that hiring hall – electronically speaking.

In todays market place finding good workers is more important than ever and the ability to provide good work skills can easily be offered at this marketplace. Anyone who wants a job done can become one of the requesters – another word used for employer on Mturk. The requesters use a digital bulletin board to post their needs. Mturk workers then scroll through page after page of these requests, picking out the ones they’re willing to work on.

Consider this example: A professor wants to survey 500 people to get their reactions to certain questions for a psychology experiment. The professor goes to Mturk and requests workers willing to answer the survey for, say, 5 cents each. He sets a time limit on how long they can take to complete the task once they begin – say, one hour (so workers don’t just lock onto lots of jobs but never finish them). The professor may also set certain requirements for the people he wants to survey.

Additionally, some of these filters may be set through them. For example, to avoid sloppy workers, he may require that they have a history of having their work accepted at least 95 percent of the time. For other requirements – that they work in a particular industry, perhaps – he may need to set up a qualifying test, which workers have to pass to be qualified to accept the job in the first place.

Mturk workers scrolling through the bulletin board of job requests would then see the professor’s job and can get a sneak preview of what he wants them to do. If they decide it interests them – and if they decide the time it would take is worth 5 cents – then they accept the job, fill out the survey and submit it. Once the professor has verified they’ve completed the job, he triggers payments into the workers’ accounts.

Consider another example: A social networking Web site lets its users upload photos of themselves. But it doesn’t want to accept pornographic images. It receives hundreds of photos each day. How can it screen all of them? They become a requester. It bundles its photos into batches of five or 10, and sets up an online form for a worker to mark each one as acceptable or not.

Each batch is then offered as a separate “hit”, paid for independently. Just so you’ll know, a “Hit” is Mturk’s word for a job. In the first example, the professor’s survey, there was one hit involving one possible task – but 500 workers could each perform the same task. In this example, there may be dozens of hits each day, but each one is offered only once. Either one Mturk worker could do all of them, or several workers could each claim a few of the hits.

The examples above are common types of work available on Mturk. After all, this is an electronic exchange – you can’t build a cabinet or plumb a sink over the Internet. Other common jobs might include transcribing audio clips, doing basic Web-based research, answering or asking questions in online forums.

It is important to point out that most Mturk jobs don’t pay much – a penny per hit is not unusual, and anything more than a quarter per hit is rare. Compared to what an individual would earn for the same task in a full-time job, of course, the compensation is tiny. But for people who have free time – especially those who already spend a lot of time online, some of it just wasting time – the jobs do offer what people used to call “pin money” – small amounts that can be used for minor incidental luxuries.

The Mturk system can be used for bigger projects, and some hits are available by invitation only, to workers who have established relationships with Mturk requesters. Those requesters and workers can simply use the system as a way to interact long-distance. Amazon does charge the requesters for using the service, but it’s free to workers.

It’s actually surprising someone didn’t think of this before. Think of all those people clicking away at silly games online or paging through chatrooms: an army of potential workers waiting for something to do. Mturk, the Amazon Mechanical Turk, gets them into action, making money and doing business online.

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U.S. Army Expands Usage of Desktop Alert Notification System at Task Force Strike! and U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC)

Chatham, New Jersey (PRWEB) November 03, 2014

Today Desktop Alert Inc., the ‘less than one minute alerting platform’ used by the U.S. Military and numerous healthcare and corporate organizations worldwide, announced that the U.S. Army has continued to expand usage of the Desktop Alert Mass Notification platform both home and abroad with deployments in Afghanistan as well as at Fort Bragg. The same deployment is now in operation at Northern Command/NORAD Enterprise.

Task Force Strike is a US-led task force in the central and Eastern regions of Afghanistan. Task Force Strike comprises the US 2nd Brigade Combat Team, US 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) (United States), from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Task Force Strike operates under the Combined Joint Task Force 10/RC East. TF Strike is responsible for the train and advise mission for the 201st ANA Corps in the North of Kabul portion of Eastern Afghanistan and serve as Train, advise & Assist Command North East.

The United States Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) (USASOC) is the command charged with overseeing the various special operations forces of the United States Army and is the largest component of the United States Special Operations Command. Its mission is to organize, train, educate, man, equip, fund, administer, mobilize, deploy and sustain Army special operations forces to successfully conduct worldwide special operations.

“Crucial in the selection process was our platforms very unique ability to deliver network alerts in seconds as opposed to minutes with both low bandwidth consumption and a zero need for expansion of hardware and system configurations. Our notification platform runs on the customers’ existing computational infrastructure and never requires an on-site install engineer. These installs were completed over the phone in a few hours start to finish. Lastly, the sustainment costs are historically low when compared to all known and approved DoD MNS alternatives”, said Howard Ryan, Founder and CEO Desktop Alert Inc.

Desktop Alert is an approved U.S. Army Leidos / EM2P Emergency Notification Platform. Desktop Alert has been selected as the primary network alerting platform at:

Northern Command/NORAD Enterprise
National Guard (ARMY and ANG Enterprise)
Fort Hood
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Fort Gordon
Fort Bragg Special Operations Command
TF Strike Afghanistan
MRAP Units Afghanistan
Fort Campbell
Fort Knox
Fort Leavenworth
Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Rucker
Fort Polk
The United States Military Academy (USMA)
Keller Hospital at West Point (KOCH)
Notable Mention: All FEMA HQ locations nationwide
And numerous other U.S. Army locations locations

“When lives are at stake, second’s count. Desktop Alert is the only known DoD vendor with a 10 second poll rate capability for network alerting beit a on-premise or cloud-based deployment of our notification system. A five year review of our DoD client reports indicate 99% of all network alerts were and continue to be received in less than 60 seconds with a bulk of the alerts being received in under 30 seconds. Latency-based network alerts introduce the risk of failure to all missions. We hang our technological hat on the speed of the alerts delivery, the speed of the alerts receipt and doing so with little to no deprecation of the networks bandwidth” said Howard Ryan, CEO and Founder Desktop Alert Inc.

About Desktop Alert Inc.

Desktop Alert provides an array of end-point integrations with customers public address systems (Giant Voice), intercom systems, commanders channels, e-mail platforms, DSN-based and cloud-based telephony and sms message systems, network desktop alert popups, national weather service zip code based alerts, digital signage, cable tv, numerous social media systems, CAP server alert, external system sensors such as temperature devices and fire alarm systems.