MTurk doesn't allow Requesters (people with jobs) from outside of the US, I'm not sure of the reason why but this stopped me. I had not heard any good words about any other crowdsourcing platform so MTurk was for me, but how?
Enter CrowdFlower.com ... A US company which spreads work amongst many crowdsourcing platforms, including MTurk, and even better you can pay via PayPal. Finally, a way to use this tool! Now to start tuning work rate over cost. I can see myself enjoying the benefits of crowdsourcing from this day forward, though I will keep this blog post updated!
Do you have any tips for using MTurk? Send them through to me via twitter.
Costs and PaymentAfter messing about with CrowdFlower.com I have since figured out some of the costs. All figures are checked at the time of writing:
- International exchange rate with PayPal.com to purchase US Dollars to fund CrowdFlower.com
- CrowdFlower.com charge a near 50% (46.3%) additional cost for using the service. (MTurk themselves charge 10%)
Unfortunately for me paying in GBP means approximately for every 1 cent spent I am paying 1 pence. 1.00 USD = 1.00 GBP, quite a high exchange rate if you ask me! Normally 1.00 USD = 0.60 GBP give or take. But it still means I can take advantage of one of the major benefits of crowd platforms: because it costs the same to have one job done, no matter how many people are doing it, I can still spread the work across multiple people saving lots of time which has its own benefits.