Is Launched By Google

Posted on: July 5th, 2011 by Jason 9 Comments

If you’re looking for something different away from the free prize draws, Facebook entries, blogs and retweets to enter type competitions then the new prize site from Google (yes Google) might be worth a look. Called it offers users the chance to win prizes. However, the difference is to take part you need to solve other people’s problems.

Now don’t start getting out your Dear Deidre Casebooks, the problems you’re being asked to solve are set by other users around the world.

A couple of currently live examples include “Plan my romantic honeymoon in Italy”, “Help me gain muscle mass fast!”, “Create a Mixtape: Soul Tunes”, “Best place to purchase a bike in SF?” and “Find me the perfect outfit for a wedding in wine country!”.

There is a US centric theme to many of the competitions, but they are all open to people worldwide (where applicable, see terms and conditions).

So what can you win?

All the prizes are cash – dollars – but they’re paid to you (if you win) via Paypal and via The contest organiser pays to set up the competition, they pay, they pay the prize to the winner.

When we first looked at the one element that stood out was the get “votes for your entry and win big” line on the homepage. You know how much we love voting competitions! However, do not fear – the voting element doesn’t determine the winner.

At the end of the contest, the person running the competition picks their best answer. The person with the most votes gets a virtual badge! Only if a winner is not picked does the most voted person get the cash prizes.

Joining the site is easy – you can connect with your Facebook account – and then you just select the contests you wish to enter.

In essence it’s a bit like Yahoo Answers but with cash prizes. To win though you’ll need to be creative and knowledgable (or do some research) and that will put off people from taking part.

However, if it takes off – especially if the value of prizes increases and perhaps some geofocus is added – it could prove an added competition bow for UK compers.

Go to and follow @prizes on Twitter!

  • jonathon1486

    Sounds really interesting, i immediately thought of yahoo answers too! I like the idea of real-life situations that you could fix. Will check this out. Thanks Jason πŸ™‚

    *edit* had quick look seems quite varied, v.american related but questions like ‘help me plan trip to London’ might come up, with which a british person may answer best.
    Obviously people could spend a lot of time on a answer and researching..and still not win, so there’s a time/gain gamble going on. Nevertheless interesting…

  • kevinwj

    β€œPlan my romantic honeymoon in Italy”, prize $50……Keep doing the lottery you’re not going to get rich with this. πŸ˜‰

  • fluffywhite

    Nah….don’t like the look of it, i think i am going to stick to what i know – my favourite being loquax πŸ™‚

  • webkin

    I saw the word “vote” and thought of all the problems with voting comps on facebook. So it’s just another popularity thing again. Arguments galore. Not for me!

  • Read the blog as it explains the vote element πŸ˜‰

  • jonathon1486

    I do find it strange this is a google thing though…it’s not very ‘them’ . Looking again i just think it’ll be a hell of a lot of work to do to be chosen, with some people already writing reams and reams and links and links….so you could spend a whole evening bettering them…and still not win.

  • libra100

    An interesting concept!

    Might be worth a look and see whether to have a go.

    Possibly higher chances of winning a prize as lots of people don’t have the time to spend researching and considering a good answer. Although, as this is open world-wide, winning answers will have to be original and outstanding.

  • ladette

    i like it – i’ve just entered a few. lets see how it goes

  • susanemily

    Looks different. Also could be a lot of hard work.