Zurker.com – Own Your Social Network

by Tyler Guyson on February 8, 2012 · 19 comments






new social network

Try the hottest new social network (Image: Zurker.com)

I love trying new things and when I was asked to test drive Zurker.com (a cool new social networking site) I jumped at the chance. Zurker is quite an interesting website based on the premise of a social network owned by its members.   It’s a Facebook like network but instead of a few rich owners there are many shareholders.  Members can buy or earn v-shares of the company – there are presently 1,000,000 available. This target of 1 million reminded me of the Million Dollar Homepage that captured the imagination of advertisers worldwide by selling 1 million pixels at a time for a total of . . . you guessed it . . 1 million dollars.

What’s neat about Zurker is the possibility of this site finding a niche of its own.  Facebook threw a net and caught everyone.  Yet, LinkedIn was able to convince the masses that Facebook isn’t appropriate for your professional networking.  Maybe Zurker will appeal to those who rally against the big corporation; a trend that we have seen growing by the thousands throughout the USA and abroad.  These people may be looking for such a company that listens to members and goes against the grain.  Zurker may just be just the answer.

 

 

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Do your parents know that you're on Zurker? (image: Zurker.com)

 

After playing around with the site for a few days now, I was surprise to see that none of my friends have signed up for it yet.  Still early days I guess.  But the nice thing is that you start meeting new people that share similar interests.   Zurker makes it easy to connect with people and start conversations.  What they really need is to create a way for members to transfer personal information (photos, birthdays, etc) from Facebook over to the site so that we don’t have to do it all over again.  If they really wanted to stick it to Facebook, after facilitating your information transfer, Zurker could provide instructions on how to close down your Facebook account – should you be so inclined.

What makes Zurker different in my humble opinion is:

  • invitation only until April 2012 – Here is your invitation to get in now
  • open accounting books – members can see where, when and how the moolah is earned
  • member owner – you can earn v-shares or buy them for about $1/each
  • simple design – I call it a cross between Craigslist and vBulletin with more color

There is a lot of featues that Zurker doesn’t have like video or instant messaging.  I’m not sure if this will be rolled out later or if is just deemed unnecessary (I never use IM on Facebook anyways). What’s refreshing is that Zurker listens to its members and will evolve to what members want rather then chase advertising dollars by giving up everyone’s privacy.   Or who knows, maybe Zurker will get bought out by Facebook and anyone with v-share will get a piece of the action.  Either way, by being involved as a member you get to watch the action unfold and learn some valuable marketing tips while you see Zurker (aka David) take on Facebook (aka Goliath).

Want to try Zurker.com? It’s by invitation only, and we’ve got the link for you.  Join Zurker today. Please let us know what you think in the comments below.



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Robert February 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm

It’s an interesting concept, though I can see it struggling big time against Facebook, Google + and the likes. This is the first I’ve even heard of Zurker, I haven’t seen it covered by any of the major networks even

Alex M February 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Nice deal. I would like to sign up but cannot open the invitation…

Gavin Simone February 9, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Hi Alex, the link seems to work for me. Is anyone else having this issue?

Ricardus February 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Yup, the link works for me too.

Shiva February 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Hi Gavin,
Zurker certainly is a unique concept. I came across it just a few months ago when it was just starting. I own around 8 vshares..lol. But yes, I do not know if it will be a successful social network or not but the concept of pubic collaborative ownership like this is certainly something that interests me. By the way, I am landing on this blog after a long time, did Devesh actually sell this blog to you or anything, since till just a few months ago, Devesh was the owner of this blog but I cannot see anything about him in the About page. But anyways, I am glad to see Technshare is still in good hands, keep up with the good work.

Regards

Gavin Simone February 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Hi Shiva,
Thanks for the kind comments. Dev is no longer the owner as he left to pursue his education. I made a nice tribute post about him that you can read here: http://www.technshare.com/a-tribute-to-devesh/.

shaun davis February 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm

what a cracking idea… popularity is always the problem though! Social media doesnt work without people and its attracting them that will always be the problem when so many great sites are out there!

Tan February 10, 2012 at 3:06 am

Another option other than facebook and Google+. It look interesting and new concept for vshares. I am just in and will play around later of today.

John Evans February 10, 2012 at 7:47 am

ZURKER UK currently has only 486 members:

http://tinyurl.com/about-ZURKER

Gavin Simone February 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

Hi John, what conclusions can you draw from this?

Robin February 20, 2012 at 9:13 am

Thanks for explaining about the new social media portal and I will definitely utilize it.

rohini kumar February 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

good jobs friends!!!

Lalit February 25, 2012 at 11:49 am

Social networking sites are now able to provide good traffic and that too quality traffic to the blog. I hope that zuker will also be a good option and thanks for providing details on it.

rohini kumar February 27, 2012 at 7:28 am

i joined this site..
but very few members!!!

Muhammad Jahid Hasan March 5, 2012 at 1:30 am

Hey Gavin, your article is always really thoughtful and helpful. Social networking sites is now very improving sites. Thanks for sharing important information.

Rasel Rony March 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I just joined the Zurker.com, seems awesome, thanks for share

rohini kumar d March 16, 2012 at 2:15 am

i am getting many alerts form the http://www.zurker.com, what to do now?

Gavin Simone March 17, 2012 at 6:34 pm

What types of alerts are you getting?
You may have to change your setting.

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