Google launches Helpouts, lets you help out and get paid

Google is testing out a new product called Helpouts. If this reminds you of Google Hangouts it’s because it’s pretty much the same thing with one important difference.

Helpouts is aimed at helping people do a certain task via video. And those folks helping others get paid on their contributions.

Helpouts isn't open to everyone just yet, but those interested can leave their name and e-mail address to get a notification once the service goes public. Those self-proclaimed experts that have received an invite code can join in one of the many categories available including Health and Counseling, Home and Garden, Computers and Electronics, and so forth.

Once you have everything set up, you'll get to hang out with some Google employees who make sure your feed is in tip top shape, and you are who you claim you are. Certain professions, such as the medical one, will require extra documentation and proof to show that everything is in order. If that goes well, interested customers will be able to check your availability and schedule an appointment.

Users will be making transactions via Google Wallet and the search giant will charge a 20% fee for all transactions. There’s no exact launch date for this new service but we're sure it’s already got quite a few folks excited.

Source: Google Helpouts | Image via Google

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Plus ad revenue from all of them that will be plastered all over the site. Along with selling all your info as they track your habits. So a wee bit more than 20% when you add it all up.

The point being, all you hear about these days with them is how they have to make a buck off of anything even slightly related to them. Look at the apps, including third party, that they are dictating terms for. Even shutting down some over ad content. Unless they can make a buck off of it they nix it(google made sites/aps) or deny use of their services.
I get they are a business and are there to make money, but they seem a bit unscrupulous the way they go about doing things..

Google, as a business (which almost by definition seeks returns for their investments), thinks that some people could see value in getting the infrastructure and the technology to put their expertise for hire while also getting exposure and financial handling from Google, all that for a fee but with no upfront cost.

What exactly is "unscrupulous" there? Would you feel more satisfied if they charged for a license upfront no matter if you were actually later able to make a dime? Because that's what you'd be doing if you adquired, say, a Gotomeeting license from Citrix, and you wouldn't be getting half of the services Google is providing with Helpouts.

billstelling said,
Look at the apps, including third party, that they are dictating terms for. Even shutting down some over ad content.

They aren't dictating terms for third party apps, they are dictating terms for third party use of their services. Maybe those terms should be different, more relaxed... I don't know, but other than that they are perfectly entitled to set terms on that and remove the license to those that infringe on the TOS.

Regarding ad content, sure, they are looking after their revenue. But then those ads on Youtube videos also bring revenue for the owners of those videos, so removing the ads doesn't just hurt Google but also the owners of the content you are watching (something Google also cares about and not out their kind hearts but because being able to secure a revenue attracts content producers, which in turn increases Google's profit).

Of course their motivation is money, they are a business. What "colors" did you previously see? If their fee is too high, don't use their service.

20%.. We can all see clearly what Google's motivation is with this, money.. It's not so much about helping others as it is helping themselves to others money by being the middle man. Most commissions for referred services run 3% to 6%.. Nice one Google, your colors are really showing with this one..

billstelling said,
20%.. We can all see clearly what Google's motivation is with this, money..

Are you sure, Chief Wiggum? Maybe you should call Sherlock Holmes and Captain Obvious to confirm your eye opening discovery.

felrefordit said,
"They are a business, not a charity."
Yet, they usually pose as one. Do No Evil ringing a bell?

Charging a fee for a service is being evil now?

felrefordit said,
"They are a business, not a charity."
Yet, they usually pose as one. Do No Evil ringing a bell?

Well I'm sure they are hard at work to power their data centers and pay their employees with magical unicorn farts instead of money. Until then I think they have to work with in the constraints of the real world.

I remember Skype has something like this before Microsoft bough them. It turned out most people use it for sex service so they shut it down lol.

"Users will be making transactions via Google Wallet and the search giant will charge a 20% fee for all transactions."
Here it goes. Now they even who has how much money