MyCrowd is one of a growing list of services that help companies run usability tests on software and websites. Workers are able to perform the tests from the comfort of home, trying out products and features that are still in need of refinement. One thing that sets MyCrowd apart from most other services in this category is that they treat the whole usability testing process like a game. You can earn points for outperforming your fellow workers, and they have leaderboards ranking the most successful testers.
What do you do?
You participate in crowd based usability tests organized around a scavenger hunt theme. They call these tests “Bug Hunts.”
How much can you earn?
You get paid when you find a bug, but only if you’re the first user to find it. Most jobs seem to pay different rates for small, medium, and large bugs. A “small” bug might be a tiny visual defect, while a “large” bug might be a program operation that causes a total system freeze-up. Small bugs pay as little as two dollars each, while large bugs apparently pay as much as eighteen, or possibly even more.
Because of the pay scheme, the earnings potential is very dependent on how many bugs you can expect to find during a given test.
Based on a look at the website, most tests only result in the discovery of five to ten bugs total. That means any given tester might find anywhere from zero to a handful of bugs in a given test. Those with more technical knowledge will probably find more, while the average user might only stumble on one occasionally.
What does a Bug Hunt involve?
It depends on how serious you are about it. You could just download the app in question and give it a spin. Or, if you’re testing a website, you might spend some time exploring it, trying different things out.
You could also be much more thorough and go through a fairly exhaustive process, testing every single available function. People with a lot of computer knowledge are typically more savvy about the parts of a program that are most likely to be buggy, and that obviously gives them certain advantages.
That depends on the job. There are plenty of Bug Hunts where all you need is a PC. For others you’ll need an Android or iOS device. Some jobs have very specific device requirements. For example, you may need a particular cell phone model, or you might need a PC with a certain amount of processing power.
From the looks of things, they take anybody who wants to sign up. They aren’t necessarily looking for experts. They’re looking for a large number of workers, using a wide variety of different devices.
Likelihood of Getting Work
As of this writing, they have one Bug Hunt underway, and two more that seem to be on hold temporarily. Based on that, you probably can’t expect steady work, but there may be times when they have several active hunts going at once.
Can you do this from any country?
Yes. There is nothing in their terms of service or FAQ specifying that workers have to be from any particular country.
What do other users think about this opportunity?
Opinions about MyCrowd are pretty hard to come by, probably because most of their testers don’t really see it as a primary job, so they don’t have strong opinions either way. I didn’t run across any complaints about getting paid, or anything else that might suggest the site is untrustworthy.
What do I think?
Because of the pay scheme, this is not going to earn anybody a living, but certain people might enjoy the competitive aspect, and you might be able to get a little extra money here and there.
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