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Tsu One Month Later: Rule-Breakers on the Rise

Tsu launched its platform this fall to a lot of fanfare over the fact that they were the site that cares about the content creator. They would respect people's ownership of their content, they would pay up to 90% of their ad revenue back to the people – unlike Facebook. This was a site for quality of content and quality interaction.

“Follow4follow” was not allowed on the site. Begging for followers, friends or shares was a breach of the site rules. People were warned, messages about what constituted spam went out to all users, and recidivists were deleted from the site. Tsu was breaking new ground in social networking, pioneering a site with a positive atmosphere, where ethical use of social media was the focus.

And it was still lots of fun!

Then things changed.

Quality of Content Takes a Dive

Once users figured out that the “up to 90%” of ad revenue only amounted to a penny or two a day, they started gaming the system in order to earn more. Two of the most popular ways to do that were to post lots of content guaranteed to get likes and shares, and to game the system by using giveaways and false claims about how earnings on Tsu are calculated, in order to trick other users into liking, sharing and commenting on content.

Doesn't that stuff violate the AdSense rules?

Will Tsu Take Appropriate Action?

So the question now is whether Tsu will take the same sort of action in the face of copyright infringement and traffic manipulation that it did with spam. Will it educate members and send warnings to those who violate the rules? Will it delete those who continue to break the rules? Or will it go with the flow like other sites have in the past, waiting to be warned itself before it takes action to eliminate the abuse?

What are your thoughts? Do you think Tsu is acting promptly? What would you like to see the site do to improve the situation?

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Cinna wrote on December 18, 2014, 1:59 PM

I'm hanging in there waiting for things to fall into place. Since I create my own digital art, I hope when they do start cracking down it will be a big benefit to me.

WordChazer wrote on December 18, 2014, 2:43 PM

Thanks for your invite which allowed me to try Tsu for myself, for starters. But after all the blatant rulebreaking on the site, I do hope they hear about it from Google, AdSense and whoever else has a stake in copyright of the things which are being posted there without permission. Yes, I know it will impact on earnings, but the same happened to Teckler, and is happening to the big B. I am hoping that one day one of the big boys will take a zero tolerance approach and simply delete content that is plagiarised, with too many deletions from the same site resulting in discontinuation of internet access for the people who are plagiarising.

Ellis wrote on December 18, 2014, 3:16 PM

Seems the only real winners here is Tsu itself...Pretty much a pyramid scheme..

AngelSharum wrote on December 18, 2014, 3:16 PM

As you know, I left the site the other day because of all the copyright infringement. I hope they fix things, but I didn't see it happening.

AliCanary wrote on December 18, 2014, 3:30 PM

I'm not on Tsu and so I don't really have a feel for it, but I don't think they would just "let" violations continue so much as they would just have a really hard time just keeping up with it.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 18, 2014, 3:54 PM

I am not sure how fast the site will react to those spammers. It is too bad that so many spammers try to ruin sites.

LoudMan wrote on December 18, 2014, 4:49 PM

Sure. I'll share this on . I wonder if any of them will share it.

bestwriter wrote on December 18, 2014, 8:13 PM

I was there for a while but I noticed that we have to depend on others for our income. I like to work on my own steam and so I gave up.

allen0187 wrote on December 18, 2014, 11:31 PM

Haven't been on Tsu in a long while. Once , I log back in, I'll definitely share this post of yours. The site has a lot of potential but as usual, scammers and spammers are burning it to the ground.

BarbRad wrote on December 19, 2014, 4:53 AM

I reported a photo I had wanted to share today. but it was so good, I decided to search Google for it. I eventually found it watermarked on a Facebook page I'm pretty sure wasn't hers. There was no watermark on the photo she posted. Then I discovered another of her photos was from another website. Now I trust nothing she posts. We will see if she or the stolen photos remain on the site.

RegieEstioco wrote on December 19, 2014, 8:07 AM

I have an account there but seldom visit. It has hundreds of views and likes but my bank is still $0.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 19, 2014, 1:20 PM

The best you can do if you're worried about theft of you art is to watermark it with your tsu ID and/or a URL. I would even say a copyright notice that says something to the effect of "not to be circulated outside of Tsu" could help things.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 19, 2014, 1:46 PM

Judging from what happened here on PP when AdSense arbitrarily decided this site was in the wrong, I'd rather not see that happen on any site that I frequent! And because I identify the problems on Tsu as being part of a larger internet culture that fails to understand copyright as it applies to digital content that can be freely accessed online, I believe that is what needs to change.

No site should have to set itself up as some kind of miniature police state. And in fact, in some cases banning based on IP address could conceivably impact on honest users who just happen to use the same library computer, internet cafe, school computer network, etc. to access the site.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 19, 2014, 2:29 PM

The MLM side of things at Tsu does certainly not sit well with some of us. And it remains to be addressed.

But I'd say that in general, Tsu started off as a really great site. I believe it has potential. But I do think the admin needs to find a better way to address copyright concerns.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 19, 2014, 2:30 PM

I do believe they are trying hard to balance freedom of speech with their issues over copyright and other issues. It's a big question, so it will take time.

WordChazer wrote on December 19, 2014, 3:28 PM

Well, you have more patience than me, that's for sure. I just want to get these numbskulls to understand that by reposting our work without permission they are NOT doing us a favor. Sure, writers can write more and photographers can take more images, but the fact is that a successful article or image should remain the property of the originator, for their benefit. And should NOT be ABLE to be reposted willynilly all over the net without remuneration coming to the person who created it first. If every right click created a link/short URL to the original site rather than a copy of the item in question, that would be a way around it, I suppose.

WordChazer wrote on December 19, 2014, 3:30 PM

You won't see even a cent until you reach 1,000 views.

I'd rather spend my time here.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 19, 2014, 5:24 PM

That might be one way to deal with the right clicking, and I think it's worth a mention. I know often if I copy an artist's name from certain web sites or (more often) a quote from a news article, when I paste the copied text it does come with the name of the site and a linkback. Of course, it's really easy to delete that if I want to. I usually do, because somewhere else in my text I'm putting in a citation complete with a link.

But were I trying to steal? Yeah, I'd just erase it, I guess.

This sort of measure might be good if the text that came up were, "Instructions for sharing this content," or something slong those lines. It would help those who simply don't know how to share something legally :)

WordChazer wrote on December 19, 2014, 6:02 PM

'simply don't know how to share something legally'?

My pessimistic, cynical side is loudly asking 'WHUT? THERE ARE SUCH PPL IN THE WORLD?!'

I find it really hard to believe that there are. But then again, I guess there must be more people like my aunt, dangerous within 50m of a computerised device, than there are not, given the balance of generations at present.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 19, 2014, 6:23 PM

I don't think they're letting violations happen with impunity either. But then again, they must have realized their script didn't address 99% of the theft. And they must have known its major impact would be to stop honest users from doing those reverse image searches to verify original content.

The fact that it happened at the same time that they finally bowed to our cajoling about being able to report copyright infringement on another's behalf, does seem suspicious. It feels almost as if they did these things simultaneously to cut the flow of infringement reports, rather than to cut the number of infringements themselves.

nbaquero wrote on December 21, 2014, 12:55 PM

Ruby3881 Well I think that if they do not take measures soon the problems will be out of control soon and the whole community will be affected, just like what happened to the B site. I know it doesn't take a day to fix something like this, but being proactive and communicating with the users is the best approach I think.

carebear4u wrote on December 26, 2014, 3:43 PM

I don't post there much anymore. Seems like it isn't worth it.