I have raved about the Turkopticon Toolbar more than once in passing in my posts about Amazon MTurk (Mechanical Turk) but I love this device so much, I wanted to dedicate an entire blog post to it. It really is the most wonderful aid for Mechanical Turk workers (also known as turkers) and a must for everyone trying to make money with Mechanical Turk. As well as the Turkopticon Toolbar itself, there is also an online community of turkers associated with it, who can provide an invaluable source of information for anyone who is trying to make money online using MTurk.
How much does it cost?
The Turkopticon Toolbar costs nothing to download and install, that’s right, it’s free!
How do I install it?*
There are two versions, one for Firefox and one for Google Chrome. Provided you get the right version, installation is simple. There is no version for Internet Explorer, but if you use MTurk regularly to make money online, then I would recommend that you download Firefox, just for the Turkopticon Toolbar, you can always just carry on using Internet Explorer for everyday use and click on Firefox when you use Mechanical Turk.
How does the Turkopticon Toolbar work?
Basically, Turkopticon is letting you know how other turkers have got on before with specific MTurk HIT requesters. It does this by placing little button arrows next to the requesters when you are on the Amazon MTurk HITs page. By clicking on the arrow, you see how previous turkers have rated that MTurk requester. They are graded according to how quickly they pay, how fair they are at assessing HITs etc. Turkers also write reviews in some cases.
This means that with the Turkopticon Toolbar you can avoid the worst MTurk requesters by looking at the reviews before you do a HIT. You can also write a review after you complete a HIT and get paid and let other turkers know how you got on with that MTurk requester.
Are there any problems associated with the Turkopticon Toolbar?
I personally have not encountered any. The program is also very small, so I’ve not noticed it slowing my browser in any noticeable way.
I know this probably sounds like a glowing endorsement, but as far as the Turkopticon Toolbar goes, I struggle to think of any negatives. It really is a must if you want to make money with Mechanical Turk.
Oh, I nearly forgot to give you the link, you can get the toolbar HERE!
*UPDATE: At the time of writing, the Turkopticon Toolbar isn’t working with Firefox 5, so I have gone back to Firefox 4 in order to use it! I’ve had similar problems with other Firefox add-ons too recently, the root cause being that Firefox rushed out version 5 only a few months after they brought out version 4 and the add-on developers haven’t had enough time to react. Hopefully this issue will be resolved soon. FURTHER UPDATE: SEE COMMENTS: THIS MATTER IS NOW APPARENTLY RESOLVED!