Zurker - can it beat Facebook?

@buddha3 (1029)
India
April 10, 2013 8:28am CST
Zurker is a new social networking site still in beta stage. It is under development with the help of its members. It is a democratic social network which is undergoing slow and steady development as it is crowd-funded. The key feature of zurker is it is member-owned, i.e, a member can be a shareholder of Zurker when it is incorporated as a company. It is for sure that it is not a scam, since it's under development and everything has been kept transparent for over a year now. Very recently it went from 'private beta' to 'public beta' where everyone is free to join even without an invitation. The members are enjoying their time in 'building a social network' from scratch rather than 'using a ready-made' social site, as it is a cooperative social site. This is a very different experience and a good feeling, according to many members. What do you think? Can Zurker beat facebook? Can it really be successful with its member-owned, member-driven concept?
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@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
11 Apr 13
It is a useless site and has been in beta since around a year or more now. I did register around a year back and tried to get homely there but it lacks everything that I had initially expected. Today, it has been more than six months that I logged into it. I fail to understand why people draw similarities between any social site and FB? All sites are different and hence there should be no comparisons.
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@buddha3 (1029)
• India
11 Apr 13
You have given the answer to yourself, thesids :) every site is different!! It's so true. No product, especially a crowd-funded project, can be developed overnight! One year is nothing!!!! It is being built from scratch. Who cared about facebook in India until it got publicity through media because foreign celebrities were using it? We were all behind Orkut then, remember? :) Anyway, Zurker will be soon coming up with a big upgrade, and I'll invite you to login again then. Just spend a couple of minutes to check it again when it's done. As you said, if you don't compare zurker to facebook, you will definitely like it!!!! :) :) Only when contacts are developed, and there is more engagement, you will find the site usable and lively. I too felt the same in the beginning, but I now spend more time on zurker than on FB! I feel proud in contributing to the development of Zurker as a co-owner and feel so valued being asked for my ideas, suggestions, and those being implemented! It's like we are all developing a social site on our own! :)
@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
11 Apr 13
Nice to read your views dear buddha. Yes, to be honest, I do not like FB and that was one reason I tried Zurker. During those days too, the co-worker concept was their highlight but I never understood that part as I never was interested. Now, that we are discussing this, can you give us some insight on this aspect? And yes, I do agree, those days, it was really difficult to find an Indian on that site. But today, things would have definitely changed. Would log in soon and maybe we can meet up there :)
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@buddha3 (1029)
• India
12 Apr 13
Great :) I've followed you here on mylot for quite some time now. I feel members like you really suit a site like Zurker. ummm I've tried shedding enough light in this discussion, please read all the comments and responses. If you need to know anything specific, feel free to ask. I'll answer to. There is a website to guide people who have doubts about Zurker (UNOFFICIAL, though)created by a Zurker for zurkers. http://zurkerguide.weebly.com You know, there were very few Indians even when I joined, rather very few members overall. But I knew it needs time to build up. I kept logging in frequently, and then the non-Indian members made me feel so good there that I never looked for Indians :D And since then I regularly visit Zurker. I hate FACEBOOK, and instead of wasting time there sharing msgs like "share this photo something good will happen in 7 days", I feel so great on Zurker helping in building it, drafting its constitution, writing articles about it, marketing it etc.. :) The recent news is that the 50 volunteers of the constitution working group are in the process of electing a 3-membered chair bench for drafting Zurker's constitution! :)
@varier (5699)
• Indonesia
11 Apr 13
Zurker.. Does the word come from "Mark Zurkerberg" - the founder of Facebook? Just kidding :p Anyway, I seriously doubt that there exist any social network site that is being able to beat Facebook's popularity. Its member base is already large, and keep growing. Moreover, unlike the late Friendster, Facebook developers are being able to innovate well in cope of members' need and will. :) But who knows, maybe one day Facebook will creates a blunder that makes all members leaving? :p
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@buddha3 (1029)
• India
11 Apr 13
I loved you comment as usual, varier :) It's so balanced and not biased :) No, Zurker doesn't come from zuckerberg, but it is, maybe, intended to point at that name Because it doesn't want to be like Zuckerberg's facebook. In Zurker there are millions of owners, all like us!! It is a truly democratic network which is for and by the people. Yes, FB is innovating, but at whose cost? Yes, Facebook has already committed blunders!! There are many who are leaving FB getting mad at its privacy policies and settings...Many more might like to leave, but maybe they are staying cos there is no other alternative where they can find their frenz all at one place!
@varier (5699)
• Indonesia
11 Apr 13
No other alternative - that's a good point. But social network site is always intended to be used for connecting with our friends. Why should we bother to be active on a social network when there're just few of our friends inside? Now let's talk about the system. From the very basic thing - who fund the project? If there's not enough fund, how will they pay the server and maintenance cost?
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@buddha3 (1029)
• India
12 Apr 13
OK, it's a member-funded project. Members like you and me fund this project, but a very notable thing is that THERE IS A LIMIT UP TO WHICH ONE MEMBER CAN FUND!! To prevent more influence of a very few people, in Zurker it is made sure that nobody owns a very high volume of shares. Each member can buy a maximum of 500 shares, and he can earn a maximum of 500 shares through referring others. Hence no single or few persons can control the decisions and the network with their power. Also, there is no compulsion of pressure on members to fund. They do it voluntarily. There is an option to send a fixed amount every month if we wish to. Lots of members are sending a fixed amount every month and they are called "Zurker Heroes". Also we can buy from as less as 1 share too. I've not spent any money on it till now. Currently there is no problem to pay for server and maintenance and also development. Enough funds are flowing from members like us. Very soon there will be a major upgrade
@MrGhost (550)
13 Apr 13
If what you have described is really true, it would definitely be a competitor to facebook in due course of time.
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@buddha3 (1029)
• India
14 Apr 13
thank you for ur honest response, MrGhost :) Yes, what I've explained here is true and we are hoping that Zurker will be a success :) Thanks for sharing your view. Please check out Zurker, if you wish to :)
@Alechin (217)
• Slovak Republic
11 Apr 13
This sure sounds like an interesting concept. I guess Im gonna check this thing out, but honestly I doubt it has a chance at beating facebook. For now facebook has its place secure. In my opinion facebook is a scam!
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@buddha3 (1029)
• India
12 Apr 13
hehehe :D Yes, facebook is like a scam! And hence there is every possibility of zurker beating it! Of course, it will take considerable time. Maybe 2 years, 5 years, or even more, but we can't negate the chances. AT least, we are sure to develop a cool, good and ethical social site! You are most welcome to try it out :) hope to see u there :)
@youless (86444)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Apr 13
It seems that Zurker has run for some time already as you said. However, I have not heard about this social networking yet. So it is still not well-known yet. Besides, I am curious what's the difference between it and Facebook. If they are still similar, then it seems that Zurker is just a copied Facebook. I don't think the users will change to use Zurker because it is just like Facebook.
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• Indonesia
10 Apr 13
I never heard about Zurker before. as your explanation, the site sounds much complicated than facebook. may be it's not only for those who wants socialize online, but also try to make money online. I'm not sure it will beat facebook
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@ARIES1973 (9441)
• Legaspi, Philippines
10 Apr 13
This is the first time that I hear about this site. Are you a member of the site?
@buddha3 (1029)
• India
10 Apr 13
Yes, I've been a member of this site for almost 1 year now. It's great watching it grow and also contributing towards its growth. It's like we are building our own site! great experience indeed :)
@Pegasus72 (1904)
12 Apr 13
I haven't heard of Zurker before kind of sounds like a Horror movie name, but will check it out.
@prashu228 (21898)
• India
10 Apr 13
Hi i never heard about the site. let me check then i can say something about this.