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Do our comments/ posts// tweets have value individually or as part of a discussion? Can we claim credit for them and monetize them? How?

Harnessing the minds and problem solving power of all the people on the planet, rather than a few groups of people, can expedite solutions to many of our problems.

The challenge is how to do it and how to provide the right incentives for it so that each and all of us, or at least most of us, can spend time and effort on a problem or problems that we think we can help solve.

For that we need a system for providing proper credit and financial incentive.

How do we create that system? Any ideas?

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    Nov 30 2012: I have a great idea for such a system, but I refuse to reveal it until that very system is implemented, so I can claim credit and monetise from it!

    The ideas you represent in your proposal seems to me to point in the exact opposite direction than the world is heading. I've seen a lot of TEDtalks by truly innovative people who instead of patenting their brilliant ideas and inventions, give them away as open source. And you want to get paid for your tweets?

    You can create such a system, but in competition with open source alternatives I believe your idea will prove less efficient annd less popular - in the long run.

    The idea of collectiveness and open source is growing stronger. My hypothsis is that this network will grow so advanced, that if you withhold an idea because you do not feel there is enough economic incentive, someone else will eventually come up with a similar idea and share it.
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    Nov 27 2012: Of course our posts have value. I think it would be a sad day if we monetized them. We would shrink the value of our ideas to be based on money which cheapens it. Kinda like prostitution cheapens relationships when you pay for it.

    We would move from open source solutions to elitist bullcrap that marginalizes and encapsulates solution thinking to only those that can pay for it. We already marginalize open source to only those with computer and internet access. Imagine all the thinking and problem solving methods that we do not access from people that have great problem solving skills simply because they do not have access.

    Greed sucks.
  • Dec 4 2012: The idea is not to try provide incentives for all random comments all over the internet, but for serious and insightful comments/responses made in response to specific questions/problems solving which may help all or most of us. Most of us who are busy need the right incentives to spend time and effort on solving general problems for which we are not getting paid to work on. Kudos to those who'll spend their time and effort and offer their responses for free. But all of us may not feel inclined to do that. And we as humanity do have a lot of problems to solve which need all our help and effort.
  • Nov 28 2012: I am trying to gather who are the 'our' in [our comments/ posts// tweets]. Does 'our' include - me and my buddies? or me and my family? or me and my consumer base as a whole? or me and my direct clients? Is the discussion happening publicly on a social media's wall?

    I think if we ask FaceBook to pay us per comment and if they agree thats one way of monetizing it. Actually lots of fortune 500 companies pay (free coupon, gifts card etc.) users to comment on their product or service. Positive PR.

    In my opinion, observation and experience - there are very few things in life which can not be 'bought' or 'sold' and hereby cant not be put with a price tag for 'monetization'. One of those are friendship. If FB starts paying my friends to write good comments on my post or vice versa - I will leave Facebook immediately.
  • Nov 28 2012: Suppose I start a discussion asking: "Computers have system restore to roll back to a pre-problem stage. Can we do the same with our bodies and diseases in the near future?" Is there a way we can rate (or put a value/price on) the responses to this question, and find a way to financially reward those coming up with the best rated or valued responses?

    Specifically, suppose my answer is: We have the technological ability to at least partly monitor our body through handheld sensors/detectors etc. And there have been many TED talks on this. So the question is how do we gather and use those data about our body at given points in time to surgically or otherwise return our whole body, not just specific parts or organs, to a point in time when our whole body was relatively problem-free.

    On a scale of 1-10, how will you rate my response? And from $0 - $100, what monetary value will you put on this response?
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      Nov 30 2012: I would rate your response with a scale of 0 and a monetary value of $0.

      Because your answer did not contain any information I did not know myself before.

      Anytime time someone is going to rate and pay you based on their evaluation of originality or helpfulness, you are subjected to a 100% to their trustworthiness.

      Did I really knew your answer myself or did I just pretend to make more extra money myself?

      There are just a view systems I know of, which work well on the basis of trust. Many other areas are different and more based on exploitation.

      This is pretty much the same problem for any freelance designer who does not have enough budget to protect all of its good design concepts and is trying to find a company who is willing pay him/her for it.

      The very moment a potential client gets the first glimpse on the design itself, he is able to memorize all or the most impressive 'features' of it without the need of any payment. All there is to say was : 'No thank you, we are not interested.' And without legal protection this designer could not even sue its client in case of copying or plagiarism.

      As long the one evaluating your 'verbal' contributions is the one who finally pays the bill, you are doomed in your faith for sincere people. They do exist, yet you always know them 'afterwards'.

      In my view this is why your interesting and well meant idea would not work. And I would be glad to be proven wrong on my suspicions... ;o)
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    Nov 28 2012: they have value as opinion. whether opinion has monetary value or not is another question.

    to generate money, there needs to be a demand for the comment. some bloggers have done this already in various fields.

    you can also point to individuals of some notoriety - eg. Sir Ken Robinson, Steven Hawking - who have opinions and thoughts that are sought after and therefore valuable.

    to think that chiming in with a comment or opinion is worth money needs to be reflected in all users.

    generally, ideas are free and worthless - it is the system of ownership in place around those ideas (patent, I.P.) and the ability to generate something valuable from those ideas that makes something financially viable/worthy.

    i think that the only real avenue is through blogging and building up an appreciative audience. entertainment.
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    Nov 26 2012: Are you asking how to create a market that pays you for your posts to discussion sites?

    There are two things I have seen that may fall in this category. Some websites have open sections and subscription sections. People may write as volunteers for the open section, and if the website operator thinks the quality of that person's work is something people would be willing to pay for, the operator contracts with that person to write for the subscription part of the site. The subscriptions cover the fees. I know someone who writes financial columns in this way.

    Another thing I have seen a lot of online is a range of lay and professional "coaches" of one kind or another who seek to monetize their written advice. Their usual strategy is to offer a lot of advice for free to show the value they can offer and on that basis they make separate arrangements with interested customers for private exchanges or newsletter subscriptions.

    Most of what people post to discussion and social media sites is probably not material for which there would be a market, I think, in the sense of people willing to pay to read that post.
    I have seen discussions of what sort of copyright you can claim for material you post publicly, but I cannot remember the story on that.