Preliminary Review of Tsu
Tsu is a very new social networking web site that has already started to create competition for established sites like Facebook. Visually, it looks a lot like Facebook. It also offers many of the same features as Facebook, but with a few twists. The main twist – and the reason for its early success – is that this new social media site gives 90% of its revenue back to the users who create the content that drive the platform.
I've been on Tsu for about a week now, and I have to say so far I'm impressed. The site is clean, well organized, and runs very smoothly for a platform that is undergoing such tremendous growth so early in its life. Tsu provides a good platform for sharing with friends and family , but it's really set up to encourage users to network and meet new people who share similar interests. Because of this, it's a much more outward-turning site than Facebook. And it's more interactive than either Twitter or Pinterest tend to be these days.
Royalties on Tsu are based on the site's ad revenues. So any activity on the user's content – page views, likes, comments, or shares – generates income.
And because the site has a family tree structure where users sign up under other users, it is also possible to earn a passive share of the income generated by one's “children” or “grandchildren.” Tsu says that the 90% is split evenly between the user whose content generates the advertising revenue, and their upline. So the first 45% goes to the user. Smaller shares then go to that user's parent, the parent's parent, and so on.
Most users seem to start earning some time in the middle of their first week on the site, depending on their activity level. I got my first royalty ($0.03) on the third night. I have continued to earn each night since, and am now up to a high of $0.09 for one day. This amount continues to grow as: a) I have new users joining Tsu as my children, and b) I gain more exposure for my content. A recent estimate circulating among members says that most users can earn from about $1 - $5 each day for doing exactly what they would do on other social media sites.
I figure I am posting up to a dozen status updates throughout the day, and sharing roughly eight posts written by other users. The rest of the time I spend on the site is taken up simply in commenting, liking good content, and responding to comments and messages left by my fellow users. The effort is very minimal compared to other sites offering similar returns.
Tsu is not going to make anyone rich, but I do like the fact that this site is socially equitable . I also like that Tsu is what it says it is. It truly is a social media platform. It's not a writing site trying to pass itself off as a social network.
Would I recommend Tsu to my readers? Definitely! The platform can easily replace Facebook and it pays the user for doing something most of us are already doing elsewhere – without remuneration. Tsu is a good place to network and discover like-minded people. It's also a good place to promote writing we do on Persona Paper or other writing platforms. In fact, posting a Persona Paper link on Tsu is double-dipping: we get paid first when the user reads, likes, or comments on Tsu then we earn some more for every user who clicks the link and comes to read our content here. You can't do that on Facebook!
This post is another contribution to Dawnwriter 's A-W Category Challenge .
Image credit: The icon is one I made for use on Tsu. It uses the site colours, and features the katakana for the Japanese syllable that gives the site its name. This symbol has become popular as an emoticon in social media, for its resemblance to a smiley face.
Image Credit » Kyla Matton Osborne, free to use (CC BY-ND 4.0)