Zurker – Have You Heard Of It?
With All The Social Networking Sites On The Internet Today, Why Do We Need Another One?
Good question! The major difference and the major advantage Zurker has over all the other social networking sites is that it’s owned by its users so as it grows, it’s Zurker’s users that benefit, and not some nameless, faceless corporation.
How Can We Use Zurker?
Zurker has features that are very similar to Facebook but with some significant differences like:
- since you own the site, you own your data,
- you have a say in how the site develops and will get to vote on the new features to be rolled out,
- owning vShares (see description below) makes you part owner of the company and if Zurker does well, so do you! What a great incentive to help make this site grow.
- Zurker’s revenue and expenses are available for all users to see as part of an open accounts policy.
- it fits really well into a website marketing mix of Zurker, Redgage, Webnuggetz and Squidoo,
- all links placed in posts are do-follow links, which can really help with your linking strategy,
Why Have The People Who Started Zurker Gone With This Particular Business Model?
This small group of development people had limited funds so they came up with the idea of allotting vShares or virtual shares (not to be confused with actual, tradable shares, at least not yet) to users who help the Company to quickly grow into the next social networking giant.
Each time these users want more vShares, they can refer a friend or purchase vShares for $1 each. The referred sign-ups help Zurker grow and the purchase of vShares help out with the start up, development and ongoing costs. A win/win situation, don’t you think?!
You can get a maximum of 500 vShares for referred sign-ups and you can purchase another maximum of 500 vShares. Each vShare is worth the equivalent of 1/1millionth share in Zurker. The kicker is that once 1 million Zurker vShares have been allocated, the company goes public and the vShares become real shares!
VShare owners also share in the profits the company earns so if you have, say, 10 vShares and the Company earns $100 million in profit, you’ll get $1000 in pre-tax income per quarter. And just think, if Zurker gets as big as Facebook, which is worth $50 billion (yes, that’s billion with a B!), each of the million vShares held by users would be worth $50,000. Now, that’s a nice chunk of change and really different from how Facebook shares out their profits!
Besides having a better idea about raising “cooperative” investment capital and growing quickly through user referred sign-ups, the Company decided to set up a Zurker for each country with a membership that owns that particular Zurker; membership is limited to residents of the relevant country. So if you live in the USA or the UK, you can become a member of the Zurker in your country. Right now the countries that have an active Zurker online include the USA, UK, India, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. There is also Zurker Europe that includes the EU countries, Switzerland and Norway, and Zurker Worldwide that includes everyone else.
This Is Definitely A Company To Watch
Zurker is attracting lots of attention and is expected to rival Facebook at some point. Before all the vShares are allocated, join up for free, get at least one referred member and you get a free stake in the Company. The more friends and family you get as referred sign-ups, the grater your stake will be. In April 2012 membership will be opened to the public, until then you’ll need an invitation to join.
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