I thought I’d do an exhaustive search of gWallet before going further afield. Easy stuff first. And from that, I’ve discovered several interesting things.
First, I discovered that in addition to those offers I’d published previously, there were many more on panel.gwallet.com. I found these by searching that domain for the words “vote” and “conejo.” You can perform that search yourself by clicking here.
There are 90 results in that search, 25+ unique offers, and 18 currencies offered – both game currencies and actual cash. Some of the offers appear multiple times in the results. However, I did find some new offers on each page all the way through page nine. Some of the doubling seems to be because the offers are present in more than one language. Starting on page six, many of the offers have Chinese subtitles – it seems whoever placed these was trying for worldwide reach.
One thing that I discovered when going through the results one by one is that several of the pages on which the Conejo offers appear also include offers that reference Father’s Day. Here’s one example. Remember the graph that showed two spikes in Conejo’s votes around June 17th and July 12th? Well, Father’s Day was June 19th this year, so offers referencing it would have been present in the days before that, which fits the first spike perfectly.
Then there’s this SmallWorlds forum post titled “Easy Offer List,” which mentions voting for Conejo Valley Friendship Circle to get SmallWorlds gold. It was posted four weeks ago – so about the same time.
Further evidence that there were earlier offers is provided by gWallet’s Offers Status pages. These pages show the status of offers that a particular user has viewed or performed. Here’s one from June 16th (fitting the first spike) and one from July 13th (fitting the second).
Of these offers, the most interesting ones are the ones in actual currency. I found two. The first one of these I found was in Indian rupees. Remember those posts from the subcontinent on the Vivint page? Here’s the most obvious one of them, from our engineer friend Konduparti.
So I was wrong about what he was being paid in, but right that he was being paid. Here’s the rupee offer I found. You get fifteen rupees for voting for Conejo. (In the Google cache, sometimes the amount on offer for your vote is above the headline, and sometimes below. It’s confusing.) Fifteen rupees is $0.34 today. Interestingly, as you can see I’ve said above, Konduparti is a fan of the facebook app EasyCash!, which is one of the places we found payments for votes during Chase Community Giving.
However, if you’re in the good old U.S. of A., you get a whole dollar for voting for Conejo. It’s always cheaper to go offshore, I suppose.
Besides actual money, there are a vast number of game currencies on offer for your vote. Among the results, I found offers for bX, Cash, Coins, FooDollars, Gems, Gilded Coins, Gold Ducats, Golden Bananas, Informed Points, People Dollars, Points, Poker Points, TickBucks, Uridium, WeeWorld Gold Points, and zBucks.
And here they all are:
3 bX | 7 bX | 28 Cash | 2 Coins | 4 Coins | 14 Coins | 19 Coins | 30 Coins | 320 Coins | 2 FooDollars | 4 FooDollars | 16 Gems | 7 Gilded Coins | 1 Gold Ducats | 2 Gold Ducats | 53 Golden Bananas | 15 Indian Rupees | 1 Informed Points | 3 Informed Points | 7 People Dollars | 15 People Dollars | 12 Points | 1080 Poker Points | 128 TickBucks | 1 USD 800 Uridium | 126 WeeWorld Gold Points | 7 zBucks
This is no slapdash effort. Somebody is paying for this – or somebody professional is donating his/her time.
Now, I only seem to be able to get to the cached versions of the offers, and when I click through, it tells me the offer is temporarily unavailable. Helen, who found the first offer originally, has continued to be able to get them to connect to VoteFriendship.com. When I sent her this list of offers last night, they worked for her. We’re not sure why – perhaps it’s a caching issue.
But wait, there’s more.
Remember those Offers Status pages above? I went looking for more of those, and struck gold again. Here we see one with views of the offer “Please vote for a good cause,” (you’ll remember from my first entry about this that Helen took a screenshot of this offer) and it includes dates up to yesterday, July 16, 2011. This would seem to indicate that the offers are still visible to some people. I wonder if the repeated views mean this person keeps trying to complete this offer and isn’t getting paid? (Click to enlarge.)
At this point, I think I’ve pretty well exhausted gWallet. Now off to see if I can find anything else. If anyone out there is a deal site fan, or is someone who plays games and uses methods outside the game to accumulate currency, I’d appreciate your tips. This is not an area I know much about.