This FAQ covers most questions commonly posed by folks before they actually start using Zurker on a day-to-day basis.
What is Zurker?
Zurker is a third-generation social app released ...
Zurker is a third-generation social app released into private alpha testing in December, 2011.
It's special because it's owned by its members. This unusual DNA will help Zurker develop the best social platform available,
which in turn will propel Zurker to becoming the dominant social network in the coming decade (and beyond).
Crowdfunding is a relatively new but exploding so...
Crowdfunding is a relatively new but exploding social phenomenon whereby a project is funded fully or partially by large numbers of
The contributors may or may not receive something in return. In the case of sites like
Indiegogo, funding comes mostly
in the form of donations. On Zurker, contributing members get something in return.
Why hasn't anyone done something like Zurker before?
The idea of a cooperative isn't that new. However...
The idea of a cooperative isn't that new. However, it probably hasn't been implemented on the net yet
because enterpreneurs who found startups tend to want to retain as much equity as possible. There probably
will be a lot more sites run on the "community equity" principle after Zurker shows that it is a powerful
and fast way to build a valuable enterprise.
Is the goal of Zurker to unseat Facebook?
Social networks do work better if they are bigger...
Social networks do work better if they are bigger. If, in ten years from now, Zurker isn't the biggest and bestest
social network in this end of the galaxy, it will probably have failed.
What is the difference between Zurker and Facebook?
There are a number of differences, but the key di...
There are a number of differences, but the key difference is that Facebook is owned by a select few investors, whereas
Zurker is owned by a large number of members. This means that decisions about how to develop the site are driven
with the users' best interests in mind, rather than business development decisions.
Is Zurker open source?
Not yet. Bear in mind, we just entered alpha test...
Not yet. Bear in mind, we just entered alpha testing in December, 2011, and at this stage the risk and security issues outweight the benefits of
releasing the source code. But open source is definitely the direction we want to move in. Running an open source project is
actually quite complicated - there is a huge amount of coordination involved.
What's the point of Zurker since we already have Facebook and Google+?
Zurker is fundamentally better than FB. FB and G+...
Zurker is fundamentally better than FB. FB and G+ are driven by corporations with their corporate goals. Zurker
is owned by its members. Its product is designed to do just one thing, work well for the members, and corporate
revenue is passed on to the members.
How can Zurker succeed with Facebook dominant globally?
Facebook is dominant right now, but it started of...
Facebook is dominant right now, but it started off as a small startup nobody had ever heard of. Facebook had a clever
strategy for growing quickly, and replaced the dominant social networks of the time (MySpace and Friendster).
Zurker is starting off as a small startup nobody has ever heard, but we have a clever strategy for growing quickly and
developing an awesome product until we replace the dominant social network of our time.
vShares are stakes of ownership in the corporatio...
vShares are stakes of ownership in the corporation which will be incorporated to own and operate Zurker, once
enough vShares have been allocated. Here's our page about vShares.
Why should I support Zurker with funding?
It may turn out to be quite the shrewd business d...
It may turn out to be quite the shrewd business decision. Venture Capital investors are some of the wealthiest
people in the world.
Most people never have the chance to invest in startups, and wouldn't know how. Here at Zurker we have a product you
can use, and if you like it, you can easily invest a modest sum.
In addition, note that Zurker relies on small contributors from many users for funding. So please
do pitch in even if it's
just a few bucks.
When will Zurker pay me?
Not anytime soon. Zurker is not a pyramid scheme ...
Not anytime soon. Zurker is not a pyramid scheme and as such you will only reap rewards once Zurker turns a
legitimate profit from sales of products such as advertising, sponsorships or fees. We will continue to
develop the site in beta for at least six months, and make no serious attempt at monetization during this time.
Even after coming out of beta, it will probably be a while until we are earning enough to cover costs, as
the initial focus will be on growth rather than profitability.
Could Zurker be a scam?
Just about every new startup is potentially a sca...
Just about every new startup is potentially a scam. A bunch of entrepreneurs with varying degrees of technical ability
somehow secure funding from Venture Capital firms. Many startups burn through the funding, spending money
on things like fast cars, without ever turning a profit. The Venture Capital firms are OK with that because the
few that do succeed, bring phenomenal return on investment.
At this time this is not possible. vShares cannot...
At this time this is not possible. vShares cannot be transfered out from your account.
Why doesn't Zurker have this feature? That feature? And the other feature?
Zurker is being developed by a small (but dedicat...
Zurker is being developed by a small (but dedicated) development team with limited funding. Don't expect it to be the
most awesome platform just yet. We are growing this project as funding comes in, with your support. Zurker has already
grown enormously since December, 2011. Every month our product gets a little better. It's already pretty good, and one day,
it will be mind-blowingly awesome enough
for public launching.
Should I "connect" or "subscribe"?
Connects are two-way connections, so a connect mu...
Connects are two-way connections, so a connect must be approved by the person you are connecting with. In most cases,
a connect is great because you find out what they are doing, and they can keep up with what you are doing.
In the case of a celebrity, or a person whom you feel might not necessarily be interested in keeping up with you,
Do you have any tools such as email templates I can use for promoting Zurker?
No, please send personalized invitations to your ...
No, please send personalized invitations to your friends.
Am I allowed to invite people to Zurker via my blog?
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