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Make Money From Social: How Tsu Works

Brant David
Written by Brant David

Is the Tsu social media platform the future of online social interaction? It offers you a way to break away from Facebook while possibly getting paid.

aNewDomain — Are you disappointed in how much money you’ve made as a unique, content-producing individual on Facebook up to now? Wait a minute … you’re saying “I don’t make anything from Facebook ad revenues!”

If it has ever occurred to you that Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks treat you more as a product than a person, it’s time to turn things around. It’s time you turn into a content-producing human, as opposed to a content-producing social media product.  Here’s how to generate income with Tsu, a new social media platform that does more than just help you get paid for what you create and curate online. It provides a generous rev-sharing platform for you.

Generate Income with Tsu

Tsu (pronounced “sue”) offers a unique revenue-sharing platform. Tsu itself takes a mere 10% of all ad-click-generated revenues, while paying out the remaining 90% to member users.

Tsu founder Sebastian Sobczak explains the paradigm behind the new social media platform:

Established social networks have built amazing business models prospering on the total monetization of free user-generated content. Why should anyone commercially benefit from someone else’s image, likeness and work giving no financial return to the owner? The markets we participate in are enormous, growing and (able to) materially compensate each user — we’re simply and uniquely rewarding the users who are doing all the work. This is the way the world should work.”

That sounds like the thinking behind conscious capitalism to me. And I’m all for anything like that …

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How Tsu Works

Tsu is, foremost, another online social network like Facebook, Google+, Twitter — you name it. But where Sobczak’s platform sets itself apart is by offering the opportunity for you to make real money from the content that you produce as a unique Tsu member.

Sobczak’s thinking here is two-fold. On one level, the financial opportunity should excite more people to come join the social network — at the time of this writing, joining is still by invitation only, although invitational “short codes” are easy to find. On another level, as Tsu’s founder says, why shouldn’t online social networks operate this way? It’s simply fair dealing to pay members for making Tsu more attractive, interesting and valuable.

Tsu’s money-generating structure is called a “Family Tree.” Given that Tsu can only be joined by invitation, every new member becomes part of a “family.” For every $100 in ad revenues that the content owned by you as a member user generates, Tsu takes $10 and pays you $45. The salient question is, what happens then to the remaining $45?

Tsu provides us with a clear explanation on its FAQ page:

User A invites user B, who invites user C, who invites user D. The remaining $90 out of every $100 gets distributed as follows:

  • User D, the original content creator takes 50% of the $90. In this case, $45.
  • User C gets 33.3% (1/3) of the original $90 generated. In this case, $29.70
  • User B gets 11.1% (1/3 of 1/3 = 1/9) of the original $90 generated. In this case $9.99
  • User A gets 3.70% (1/3 of 1/3 of 1/3 = 1/27) of the original $90 generated. In this case $3.33
  • This is what we call the rule of infinite thirds

Thus, Tsu rewards member users not only for content production but also for bringing on other content producers (i.e., other member users of the social network).

Tsu shared economics

Criticisms of Tsu

Tsu is a scam.”

Amazingly enough, this “criticism” of Tsu emerged online within one day after the network’s initial launch. Really?!

I have now joined Tsu and yet with that and with my own research I can’t find a single shred of evidence proving or suggesting that the social media platform is a scam. One the one hand, I’m sorely tempted to say that there are simply many people out there who, for the sake of hidden agendas of their own, want nearly everything to be a scam. And I am sure that’s true.

There is something else going on here, though. The owners of Tsu have chosen an MLM (multi-level marketing) structure to create user member revenue. This isn’t a scam — but, unfortunately, MLM structures have been used infamously in pyramid schemes, which typically are scams. There are some people who, clearly, have had instant reactions to that MLM structure, and therefore assume that it must be a scam. I hope people overcome this prejudiced confusion.

The promise of money will taint Tsu’s purpose.”

Too many people have become inured to letting themselves be treated as a product by rent-seekers like Facebook. These people have decided that social networking is, somehow, “pristine” for all individual member users and money shouldn’t figure into socializing and communicating.

The owners of Tsu don’t have any published calls for crazy-good, professional level content. People are merely expected to do the same content creation and curation that they do on other social media networks. Tsu is unique in its attitude that the people deserve fair financial compensation if their social content happens to get ad-clicks. In this way Tsu simply treats its member users as if their pages are monetized blogs.

Quite simply, anyone who doesn’t like possibly getting paid to socialize doesn’t need to be on Tsu!

One can’t really make any significant money on Tsu anyway, so it’s an empty promise.”

As of the time of this writing, that’s likely the truth. And again, the foremost reason to join Tsu is to have an alternative social networking platform where you’re at least respected for being the owner of your created or curated content, instead of being regarded as a mere “thing” or “product” yourself. The monetary offering is just a bonus incentive.

And yet, I have read of Tsu member users who started making up to $4 a day within a week after joining. That’s not much money, of course, but it does come out to approximately $120 per month for doing nothing more than being yourself and socializing.

As I write this, Tsu is still in its infancy. I don’t think that it’s unrealistic that soon enough, assuming Tsu catches fire, member users can make $100 per day or even more — possibly much, much more than that. That’s a nice supplemental income just for sharing photos or music with people.

The Bottom Line

TS? limitsJoining Tsu costs nothing. I found the process to be painless and easy. I should also point out that Tsu has a zero tolerance policy for spammers and those who would try to game the system. In fact, quite soon after it was launched Tsu instituted limits to curtail gamers and spammers.

In conclusion, below are a few invitation codes that I’ve been able to get together. Mine is the first one, but you don’t have to use it. Try one of the others (I don’t personally know any of those users) if you so desire …

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All Screenshots:  courtesy of Tsu

About the author

Brant David

Brant David

Brant David McLaughlin — aka Brant David — is a Milford, NJ-based senior writer for us here at aNewDomain. Follow him at his +BrantDavid Google+ page. Email him at Brant@aNewDomain.net.