I posted last week about winning a movie ticket through Blingo recently. I was psyched. Well, I just checked my e-mail and lo and behold…I just won another movie ticket. Its awesome. Sign up. Search. Happiness may follow!
The things you can win:
Visa Gift Card $150, $100, $50, or $25
Blingo Movie Ticket
iTunes Gift Certificate
Needless to say I’ll be going to see Superman for free (sans concessions).
I started using Blingoback in December and I’m happy to say that I have received my first reward! A week and a half ago, one of my sign-up friends won a movie ticket and because I was a referrer of them, I won one too! Yup. Thats $8 I don’t have to pay when I head to the movies (maybe more if I go see Superman in Mass.).
Blingo is a search powered by Google. Its results ARE Google results, so for those of you that swear by Google and its excellent filtering of sites, well, you won’t lose anything by using Blingo. So whats the benefit of using the it? To put it simply…they give prizes. As you search through Blingo, you become eligible for prizes (that they give daily!).
Alexa – for those of you that don’t know – is an Amazon owned subsidiary that tracks “valuable information about the web, how it is used, what is important and what is not.” For example, you can search Alexa for amazon.com and find traffic information, related links, etc. Alexa is a hugely useful tool for developers that want to watch their traffic and compare against competing sites. While combing sites and gathering statistics (which it does by the use of the Alexa toolbar as well as piggy backing onto the back of various other toolbars), Alexa has amassed huge amounts of data…and when I say huge amounts of data…I’m serious! Alexa spiders 4 billion to 5 billion pages a month and archives 1 terabyte of data a day.
They’ve been stockpiling search data since its inception in 1996. The great news? They are now opening it up to the public as a pay to play access to their data! Its called the Alexa Web Search Platform. Wired News writes:
To illustrate the new service’s potential, Alexa developed a photo search engine that allows users to query photo metadata normally hidden from standard keyword searches, such as the date the photo was taken or the camera used.
From computer scientists to web hobbyists, [Alexa CEO Bruce] Gilliat predicted Alexa’s inexpensive services will spawn numerous creative results.
The Alexa framework is not for the weak of heart — expect to learn how to use their C API, and expect to pay micro-amounts for requests and CPU cycles used — but it also seems to be more powerful than the rival APIs from Yahoo and Google.
While I have no huge reasons to sign-up and pay (however cheaply) for this service just yet, I look forward to seeing what comes of it! Having that much data available at your fingertips is a huge boon to the development and marketing community!
I run around all day shouting ‘Google’ this and ‘Google’ that. I’m not going to stop. Its a cool company. So whats Blingo and whats so great about it?
Blingo is a search powered by Google. Its results ARE Google results, so for those of you that swear by Google and its excellent filtering of sites, well, you won’t lose anything by using Blingo. So whats the benefit of using the it? To put it simply…they give prizes. As you search through Blingo, you become eligible for prizes (that they give daily!). In addition, sign up through my link and we are forever hooked as friends. This means whatever either of us wins we both win it.
Sounds a lot like a scam, but here’s the thing, Blingo makes a pile of money off adsense advertising and they share a bit of that with us, their users. Simple concept, great execution. Don’t really believe me? Well, here are the flickr images tagged ‘Blingo’.