You may have seen the stories today about Microsoft’s relationship with Gigwalk – a company that organizes thousands of people to do small local tasks using their mobile phones. The Photosynth App is at the heart of this relationship, because the tasks we are sponsoring involve shooting panoramas of tens of thousands of local businesses in 8 US cities.
If you use an iPhone (3GS or 4), and live in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Seattle, or Philadelphia, you can earn $4-$7 per business using the Photosynth App, and you can probably do at least 4 businesses per hour once you’ve practiced a little. That’s pretty good money for doing something as fun as shooting Photosynths.
Want to see the results of some of the early “Gigwalkers”? Check out GigwalkMike – who has done more than 30 businesses in just a few days. Most of his gigs were at a mall, but there are also downtown and suburban ones still available in each of the above cities.
How to Get your Gig On
Want to get into the action? Download the Gigwalk iPhone App from the App Store, then get yourself an account and accumulate a little “Streetcred” (their measure of experience) by doing some simple tasks. Once you’ve accumulated 20 Streetcreds you’ll be able to claim one of the Photosynth gigs. They won’t be hard to find – there are thousands of them in each of these cities.
Once you’ve given it a try, tell us what you think about it. You can leave a comment here, or on the discussion thread I’ve started about Gigwalk.
David Gedye on behalf of the Photosynth team