‘The Net Worker’ – freelancer.com
There was a profile of freelancer.com’s founder Matt Barrie in this weekend’s Sydney Morning Herald, in case you missed it. Apart from the author mentioning that “several friends gleefully point out to me his resemblance to the Mike Myers character Dr Evil”, the article presents a largely positive picture of the ‘net entrepeneur.
Freelancer.com is a clever business model – pairing first world companies with very cheap, independent third world skills – but it’s a model which in my area of expertise is having a negative influence. I wrote two posts on my first-hand experience with freelancer.com, as a potential user of the site (see “Need some social networking …”) and then as a site owner having to deal with spam commentary (see Freelancer.com – a Marketplace for Spammers).
So freelancer.com is “trousering a hefty 20 per cent, in commissions and fees” from paid-for activities like spam blog comments, article spinning and fake product reviews … I just wonder when people might start to question the website’s role in facilitating these types of questionable activity.