Our lives are played out online. We talk to our friends online through email and instant message. We browse retail stores online to buy our clothes. Some people even order their food online and have it delivered to their house. The internet is growing and expanding every single day. The expansion of technology and the internet has enabled this to happen. Today recreational activities like playing games are becoming full time jobs. Professional gamers are making an upwards of six figures just from creating content and posting it to online video websites like YouTube. The content creators are then compensated by AdSense for the ads that are played. Broadening on this topic, gamers can then branch out to Twitch where they are paid to stream video content and are paid for the Ads they run. Depending on the player’s skill level they can then attend tournaments and try to compete for thousands of dollars.
League of Legends has enabled some professionals to become full-time “gamers.” This means players are paid to compete in the games they play. Some will allow you to buy LoL accounts. Their compensation comes in the form of prize winnings and sponsorships their team receives. Sponsorships can come in the form of actual money or through new computer hardware or headsets. These sponsors also pay for their players to attend events by paying for their flights and hotels. Companies benefit from having these players represent them because for the people that watch, you want to have the parts your favorite player has.
Despite what the world thinks about gamers. They put in tons of hours into the games they play. They constantly train and practice. Similarly, football and basketball players dedicated thousands of hours to shooting a basketball through a hoop. How is this any different than practicing pushing buttons on a keyboard and moving a mouse? The professional gamer is no where near as good as the professional basketball player at shooting a three pointer. Like-wise the basketball player probably can’t even login to his email account. These two categories are in completely different realms. Neither should be discredited based on public opinion.
Although gaming does have a negative stigma, there has been progressive movement towards the evolution of electronic sports. Professional gaming was featured at the X-Games. Recent articles in the New York Times featuring a few professional gamers as well as local stories. The most recent LoL tournament had thousands in attendance and millions online watching. The stream had more concurrent viewers than the NBA finals. That is quite the feat in only four years.
If you haven’t heard of the new social network that pays users to post, I suggest you keep reading. Tsū, pronounced ‘sue’ is taking a new approach to social networking. The basic premise that has everyone flocking to get an invite is the fact that they pay the users to post original content and interact with one another. Tsū operates the same way Facebook does. You have a “wall” with your friend’s posts and you are able to like, comment, and share them with other users. Tsū is also exclusive and requires that you be invited to the network. Getting a TSU invite code can be hard, luckily for people like you and me, I had a friend who was already interacting.
Below are my current analytics on the network. I haven’t posted in several days and my account also isn’t personal. Facebook is truly a social network. As an add-on they have pages for businesses and groups for users to like and follow. Tsū currently doesn’t have anything like this. Instead they allow the users to use their site in any way they like. If you decide to use your account to only post funny pictures, nothing is stopping you. To be quite honest, no one in this world is that interesting that you are going to follow them and genuinely like their posts. For instance, if you didn’t have the incentive to share someone’s posts you most likely wouldn’t. By creating an account that posts funny pictures or pictures of good looking women you are more opt to get shares, likes, and comments. This leads to more interaction on your account, resulting in more money.
Like any social network, users follow others with a greater follow-back ratio. People in general are egotistical, by following them you are attempting to stroke their ego. The first thing I did when I joined was found a user with a substantial following. I then went to their followers and followed them. As I suspected a lot of the users followed back and the ones that didn’t, oh well. The next day I went to my followers and unfollowed all of them. I then repeated the process of following and unfollowing. I was able to create a decent following in a short amount of time.
Tsū has already proven itself as being an awesome social network. Within the first five weeks it was created it had 1,000,000 registered users. Something that took Facebook several months. Keep in mind that Tsū is exclusive and requires an invite. Tsū’s Alexa rating also went from being in the high 11,000s to below 5,000. These metrics prove that people are actively participating. This growth was all possible essentially due to established social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine. The people that invite others are also rewarded by the network by giving them a percentage of their revenue. The algorithm Tsū uses to distribute the funds is a little complicated but we do know that 90% of all ad-revenue is given out to the users. The company keeps the remaining ten percent.