Google will now pay for your photos, although only $0.20 a pop

Nov 25, 2020

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Google will now pay for your photos, although only $0.20 a pop

Nov 25, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Remember that Google wanted you to help train its photo algorithm for free? Well, now you can actually do it for cash. Google has launched an app called Task Mate, and it allows you to get paid for doing simple tasks such as taking photos, recording voice clips, and more.

Task Mate has a range of options and tasks that you can perform: there are “field” tasks that you do outside, and “sitting” tasks that you can do from the comfort of your home. You can take photos of nearby restaurants and shop windows, conduct surveys, verify translations, record spoken sentences, translate sentences, and so on.

Now, even though Google pays for these tasks, the pay rate isn’t really high. Judging from the screenshots, you’ll get $0.2 for recording ten spoken sentences, and $0.5 for transcribing 10 sentences. There is no information on how much the “field tasks” are paid, such as taking photos. I assume they’re paid a bit more, but one can only hope.

How the data will be used is kinda unclear. Google will most likely use them to improve its algorithms for search, speech, translation, and image recognition. 9to5 Google reports that the tasks you complete will “help improve mapping services and bring businesses in your local area online.”

The app is still in Beta though, and currently only available in India. For now, there’s no word when it will be launched in other countries. Also, you’ll need an invitation code if you want to sign up and start doing the tasks. To get paid, you need to register your e-wallet account or you can choose the in-app payment partner. So if you’re in India, you can find the app here and check out this Reddit post for experiences and invitation codes. And if you live elsewhere… Well, we’ll keep you up to date and let you know when and if the app launches globally.

[via The Next Web]

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24 responses to “Google will now pay for your photos, although only $0.20 a pop”

  1. Churchill Tony Fortunato Avatar
    Churchill Tony Fortunato

    link is in spanish and cant find it in my play store

  2. Lisa Jones Avatar
    Lisa Jones

    Change your misleading title. You that desperate for clicks? You MUST begin not end your article with the VERY MAJOR factor that IT’S ONLY AVAILABLE IN INDIA! Share this info, yes, and I’ll be the first to try this app when available in the US, but really I’m angry bc you have that misleading title. I wouldn’t have clicked if I’d know it’s for India only. I’m a writer, you must do better, this is misleading to infer from title and entire majority of article that it’s available. No it’s not, UNLESS you’re a person in India. Smh.

    1. SparkyDragons Avatar
      SparkyDragons

      The author appears to be from India (based on their flickr). Not sure where you’re from, but you doing like an entitled American. Americans tend to get mad about this crap but so much of “news” is written in a similar manner and only true to the US but most people that act like you wouldn’t care as long as it was only true to their country. Why are you losing your shit?

      PS: Google is an absolutely terrible company.

      1. Lisa J Avatar
        Lisa J

        funny how ignorant simpletons automatically play the “entitled American” card….what bullcrap. Please. Lemme guess, you’re an entitled millennial. And maybe learn that this article is classic clickbait. Awful. Period. And to paraphrase you, why are YOU losing your shit about Google. Please. Grow a set, honey. Thank you.

        1. SparkyDragons Avatar
          SparkyDragons

          Losing your shit implies anger. I’m not angry, just stated my opinion on the company. And based on your immediate angry response, I’m pretty sure you are an entitled American who doesn’t understand clickbait haha.

          An Indian writing about how an app will pay you may have an Indian audience. Clickbait implies intentionally trying to mislead. I’m not quite willing to say I know the author’s intentions, and I’m certainly not going to get mad about something that isn’t trying to make me believe something that is innately false. I now know why Americans use the term “Karen”.

          1. ajs1976 Avatar
            ajs1976

            Oh do shut up you sound like an Armchair knight ready to attack anyone with a different opinion. And for the record Lisa doesn’t should like an entitle American, this was click bait. No mention of being in India first towards the end.

          2. SparkyDragons Avatar
            SparkyDragons

            OK.

  • Kai Sosceles Avatar
    Kai Sosceles

    Some serious clickbait here. Headline should be “Google will pay ..if you live in India.”

    Either be up front on the headline or target your news regionally.

    1. Lisa J Avatar
      Lisa J

      Totally agree! Kai, yes yes. So glad u agree. Btw i have nothing against india. I’m only saying it must be stated clearly. Upfront. No bait and switch vibe. Ugh. What a waste of time.

      1. Kaouthia Avatar
        Kaouthia

        Bait and switch? Your refund is in the mail.

    2. John Sun Avatar
      John Sun

      Fake hope for Indians …

    3. Cristene Avatar
      Cristene

      Sparky dragon and Lisa j with all due respect as a South African who first hand knows what a real political effff up is and what real racism is where we live In a country where our farmers get attacked and the whole family gets killed brutally just for the shits and giggles I think both of u take what u have and where u are for granted yeah every country has its ups and downs none of us choose our religion race or place of birth but ya’ll have no idea what bad is and this shit article isn’t worth the digs towards each other and making it so personal….. #peaceout

    4. Yes Avatar
      Yes

      Maybe it’s a beta

  • Puss destroyer Avatar
    Puss destroyer

    Cringe google

  • Richard Servello Avatar
    Richard Servello

    India only. Maybe do a tiny bit of research before reporting stuff

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      It says it’s India only *in* the article you just commented on. Do a little reading before you comment? :)

  • KCWang Avatar
    KCWang

    I’m blocking that source. I think because I’ve blocked so many lame USA sites Google News is scraping the bottom of the barrel with India sources.

  • Edie45 Avatar
    Edie45

    They might want to pay for finding spelling and grammar errors too such as the word “gonna” in this article. I’d volunteer for that for sure.

    1. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
      Dunja Djudjic

      I just love it when people call me out on “spelling and grammar errors.” This one is neither, by the way.
      First of all, I’m not a native English speaker, which you can easily conclude from my name and bio on the website. However, I do have MA in English so I can spell better than some native speakers whose comments I see on social media daily.
      And second, DIYP is not anyone’s Master thesis or dissertation, and we’re encouraged to write as we speak, which means using informal expressions such as “gonna.”
      If you ever decide to learn Serbian to the same level as my English, I volunteer to be your proofreader, too.

  • Gofa Kyoursel Avatar
    Gofa Kyoursel

    only available in india. don’t report stupid shit like it’s news

  • koli Avatar
    koli

    A thousand many thank yous and, may a cow shits in your living room.

  • Jsll Dwn Art Avatar
    Jsll Dwn Art

    Can’t open the link “Task Mate”

  • Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
    Arthur_P_Dent

    I also hate Google’s “Invitation Only” approach to apps. I swear, they do it as a tool to hype the product, since it sounds like only “the cool kids” get to use it first. If the company with some of the world’s largest server farms can’t handle the initial crush of an app load, it’s got some problems.