After much anticipation Agloco released their Viewbar today.Â If you already have an Agloco account, you can login and download it now.Â If you don’t have an Agloco account, you can sign up here.Â And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, read my original post about Agloco.Â BasicallyÂ Agloco is aÂ service thatÂ intends to help youÂ earn money from your regular web surfing.
When I first got the email from Agloco earlier today, I found their site was too busy to get through — they warned this might happen — but this evening I was able to connect and download the Viewbar with no trouble.Â If you can’t get through to your site though, just try again later.Â Â Tons of people are probably trying to download the Viewbar.
IÂ installedÂ the ViewbarÂ under Windows XP, and it seems to be running fine.Â I’m pleased with how thin and unobtrusive it is.Â It sits quietly at the bottom of my screen, just above the Windows Taskbar and roughly the same height.Â Even after a few minutes of use, I don’t really notice it.
The Viewbar can be docked at the top or bottom of your screen, and you can change the skin color to blue, red, purple, or green.Â I prefer the default settings (docked at bottom with blue skin).
One potential issueÂ I noticed is that when I use the Viewbar’s built-in search feature, it opens the results page in Internet Explorer, which isn’t my default browser (I use NetCaptor).Â I think it should use my default browser instead.
I’m not currently seeing any ads displayed in my Viewbar — it just shows a link that says, “Ads to appear here shortly, Click here for Viewbar FAQ.”Â That link takes me to this FAQ pageÂ (which also opens in Internet Explorer instead of my default browser).
The maximumÂ credit you can accrue from running the ViewbarÂ while web surfing is 5 hours per month… not a heck of a lot of time to have the Viewbar displayed on your screen.Â I can easily go through that in an afternoon.Â As far as I can tell, there’s no benefit in terms of credit earned from running it more than that, although I’m sure a lot of people will once they become habitualized to it.
The Viewbar has a colored indicator that lights up green while you’reÂ actively earningÂ credit for your hours of web surfing and turns red when you aren’t.Â As many of you know, I’m colorblind.Â FortunatelyÂ they chose a bright enough green and a dark enough red that I can easily tell them apart.
I notice the indicator light turns greenÂ within a second or two after I open a page in Internet Explorer or Firefox, but when IÂ open a page inÂ my default browser, it stays red, so apparently I’m not getting credit for my default browser.Â I notice that when IÂ minimize IE or Firefox orÂ switchÂ to another app, the indicator turns red after a minute or two.Â IÂ suspect the software is polling periodically to see if a known browser is the active window.Â Hopefully Agloco will addÂ broader support for browsers, since I prefer NetCaptor’s tabbed interfaceÂ to IE or Firefox.Â TheÂ Viewbar FAQ seems to implyÂ that the only browsers supported right now are IE and Firefox.
Agloco currently reports that I have 1851 referrals in my network, and 1343 of themÂ have directly signed up via my referral linkÂ (I signed up less than 2 months ago).Â It also reports that I’ve accumulated 0.7 hours so far from my own usage andÂ 6.8 hours from my network.Â It will be interesting to see howÂ hours convert toÂ dollars down the road.
Since I haven’t had a chance to tryÂ the Agloco Viewbar until today, and since no one has earned a dime fromÂ it so far (at least to my knowledge), I’m not endorsing this service.Â But I did announce it here in April forÂ several reasons:Â 1) It’s free, 2) it’s interesting enough to merit a look, 3) the risk of trying it out for a while to see if it works seems negligible, and 4) it could moderately benefit people, particularlyÂ those who get in early and refer others.
If you thinkÂ Agloco isÂ totally stupid though, you may be right. Â If it bombs and no one earns a dime from it, there will be plenty ofÂ outrage directed at the company, but in the grand scheme of things,Â who cares?Â On the other hand, if it does moderately well, those who got in early will be glad they invested theÂ negligible amountÂ of timeÂ to sign up, download and install the Viewbar, and pass on the word to others.
To me this is a relative no-brainer.Â Due to the negligible risk, one can afford to place a lot of these bets and lose most of them.Â If Agloco charged money to sign-up though, I wouldn’t go near it.
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