Posted 05 May 2009 - 02:34 PM
Also, I received an email from Valued Opinions today telling me that as of May6,2009, they were going to install, not word for word, but as I understand it, tracking software on my computer when I do their surveys. Wow, it's getting harder and harder to make a dollar on the surveys. Maybe it's the economy.
I only belong to a few survey sites, and have always been honest and upright with my answers. I admit that I feel downright insulted.
Anyone else getting these messages?
Posted 05 May 2009 - 04:02 PM
Posted 05 May 2009 - 04:32 PM
Posted 05 May 2009 - 06:41 PM
what is this tracking software you mentioed? is it some proggy or something similiar to neilson? either way, shady at best on their parts. will update if i receive this message.
Posted 05 May 2009 - 07:45 PM
As for Valued Opinions, I was sent an email letting me know that on May6 that they would be installing a program on my computer to monitor my browsing habits in order to find out what my interests are so they can send me surveys according to my preferences. To me, that sounds like the tracking software that Neilsen uses, which I have always refused to install. That is all I know right now. I am confused about what is going on. As I have already said, I only belong to a handful of carefully selected panels. I will not knowingly let anyone install anything on my computer. I bought and paid for it , and I will decide what is installed. Please let us know if you get anything like this from these sites.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 02:15 PM
Posted 10 May 2009 - 05:27 PM
Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:05 PM
I still have yet to receive any notice from any company starting I must download software or that my online activity will be tracked. I have taken Ipsos and OO since the original post.
Posted 13 May 2009 - 06:23 PM
Do you think Ipsos is seeing if your doing multiple survey's at a time means that they want to know if your doing just one or if your doing several at the same time.I think they time the survey's,see this way they can see if you are doing them in a reasonable time frame or not. That way they'll know if you are actually reading them and providing a honest answer instead of being a professional survey taker who is trying to scam them? Just a thought.As we think we are being scammed they have been scammed before also and have to try and watch out for their own interest.Just an opinion.I guess in the survey world we have to watch out for each others interest,and that means theirs as well as ours.
My interests go beyond some $2 survey - it's my privacy and identity as well as this $1000 machine I use for everything else. To me, this would be like a company you work for sticking a tracking device on you so they know where you are at any point in time and what you're doing (be it in the toilet or...other private things).
It's obvious this crap is flawed like the one poster that had to tell the company to review his survey after the he "answered too fast".
All of this to try to protect a couple bucks?
When survey companies actually do care about my interests and understand that, yes, people do this to make money (you know...like they are in this?)...last time I checked, most of the western world was some form of capitalism, then I'll start caring more about their interests...to a point (I will never accept spyware - I'll quit the survey "industry" first).
Posted 14 May 2009 - 03:22 AM
Kim, I am not sure what you mean, taking several at the same time? I have been with Ipsos for almost two years, and most of the surveys I do for them last 20 to 30 minutes. I only belong to five different survey panels, and I do consider myself to be a professional survey taker. I take pride in everything I do, and do it to the best of my capability. And certainly do not scam the panels I take surveys for. Not upset, just wanted to be clear.
I'm not that literate in the correct terminology of the computer world but I'll give it a try.Lets say you receive 3 emails at the same time from 3 different survey companies.So you decide to do all 3 surveys at the same time.You know how you open a email then leave it open but simultaneously open another email and read it.Maybe they can track this to see if your giving your undivided attention or not, to their survey.
By professional survey taker I mean someone who does surveys not for the sake of giving an honest opinion or answer but someone who does them to get money from the survey companies by just marking anything in a box i.e. scammers.They are the ones with that title.I don't know what they call people who do them honestly.
For them to do this they would need to install some sort of browser plugin or install some executable program on bootup which would be by definition spyware. They could also use IPs and cookies to prevent multiple surveys from their own site although this would be hard due to 3rd parties and affiliates. For it to work properly they would have to detect multiple browsers or windows. If there are people running multiple surveys at the same time, they can easily find a way around that system, all it does is inconvenience, punish, insult, and discourage the legitimate survey takers and does little to stop the professional scripters and hackers. I only take one survey at a time and i'm pretty sure everyone here does too. I wouldn't wish two or more surveys at once on even my worst enemy... Taking one at a time is often painful and confusing enough.
Posted 14 May 2009 - 03:25 AM
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