This one goes down as one of the stranger methods of earning money online that I’ve heard of. I don’t expect it to be around long but, hey, I’ve been wrong before. I thought eBay was a stupid idea when I first heard of it, and we all know what happened there.
Tipping the Web
When I first heard one could make money “tipping the web”, all kinds of images ran through my mind. I fancied it was a new method of marketing on the web and pictured myself tipping the web up on its side and shaking money out of it. I thought it was a metaphor for a new, exciting way of squeezing a few more dollars out of the Internet.
What I actually found surprised me and left me shaking my head. I’m not even sure earning money online using this method is a possibility, but I’m going to write about it in the name of the completeness. TiptheWeb is a service through which you can put a button on your site to solicit tips. Yes, it is the online equivalent of the bellhop holding out his hand after helping you carry your bags to your overpriced room.
People asking for tips has always got under my skin a little bit. I feel that tips should be given to people that deserve them. People that actually ask for them move to the bottom of my list of deserving people. I’ve been solicited for tips at the car wash and the hotel, and those tip cups at places like Starbucks and Jamba Juice drive me nuts. I don’t mind tipping at a nice restaurant or hotel, but if you really think I’m going to give you a tip for blending a juice drink, you’re sadly mistaken.
I hope this method of earning money online doesn’t catch on. It will irritate me to no end to see a bunch of sites soliciting tips for their service. The Internet is already full of people looking to con people out of their hard earned money; now we’re going to have to deal with people begging for money as well. Why turn the Web into the online equivalent of a San Francisco street?