Shorttask.com is a website I stumbled upon several months ago. At first glance, it looked like a blatant rip-off of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, but I figured it might be worth checking out some time, so I bookmarked it and haven’t really thought about it since then.
I had some spare time today, and there weren’t any enticing tasks on Mturk, so I decided to try out Shorttask. When I went to the site things seemed a little fishy.
When I browsed it before there were tons of hits similar to the type on Mechanical Turk: transcriptions, reviews, etc. Today the tasks were a little more suspicious, things like “Post an ad on Craigslist” and “Try our website.”
Curious about this suspicious change, I did a little digging. Stumbleupon has blocked the site from being rated. Some Googling found a blog post at American Maestro about a scammer named A. Harrison Barnes, who started the Shorttask website.
I won’t go into all the details here. All you need to know is that Shorttask is a scam, so stay away. If you’re interested in the concept try Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. It’s legit.
For more info about the Shorttask scam, check out Ivetriedthat.com’s warning post and American Maestro.