This FAQ covers most questions commonly posed by folks before they actually start using Zurker on a day-to-day basis.
What is Zurker?
Zurker is a third-generation social app released ...
Zurker is a third-generation social app released into private alpha testing in December, 2011.
It's special because it's owned by its members. This unusual DNA will help Zurker develop the best social app available,
which in turn will propel Zurker to becoming the dominant social network in the coming decade (and beyond).
Crowdfunding is a relatively new but exploding so...
Crowdfunding is a relatively new but exploding social phenomenon whereby a project is funded fully or partially by large numbers of
The contributors may or may not receive something in return. In the case of sites like
Indiegogo, funding comes mostly
in the form of donations. On Zurker, contributing members get something in return.
Why hasn't anyone done something like Zurker before?
The idea of a cooperative isn't that new. However...
The idea of a cooperative isn't that new. However, it probably hasn't been implemented on the net yet
because enterpreneurs who found startups tend to want to retain as much equity as possible. There probably
will be a lot more sites run on the "community equity" principle after Zurker shows that it is a powerful
and fast way to build a valuable enterprise.
Is the goal of Zurker to unseat Facebook?
Social networks do work better if they are bigger...
Social networks do work better if they are bigger. If, in ten years from now, Zurker isn't the biggest and bestest
social network in this end of the galaxy, it will probably have failed.
What is the difference between Zurker and Facebook?
There are a number of differences, but the key di...
There are a number of differences, but the key difference is that Facebook is owned by a select few investors, whereas
Zurker is owned by a large number of members. This means that decisions about how to develop the site are driven
with the users' best interests in mind, rather than business development decisions.
Is Zurker open source?
Not yet. Bear in mind, we just entered alpha test...
Not yet. Bear in mind, we just entered alpha testing in December, 2011, and at this stage the risk and security issues outweight the benefits of
releasing the source code. But open source is definitely the direction we want to move in. Running an open source project is
actually quite complicated - there is a huge amount of coordination involved.
What's the point of Zurker since we already have Facebook and Google+?
Zurker is fundamentally better than FB. FB and G+...
Zurker is fundamentally better than FB. FB and G+ are driven by corporations with their corporate goals. Zurker
is owned by its members. Its product is designed to do just one thing, work well for the members, and corporate
revenue is passed on to the members.
How can Zurker succeed with Facebook dominant globally?
Facebook is dominant right now, but it started of...
Facebook is dominant right now, but it started off as a small startup nobody had ever heard of. Facebook had a clever
strategy for growing quickly, and replaced the dominant social networks of the time (MySpace and Friendster).
Zurker is starting off as a small startup nobody has ever heard, but we have a clever strategy for growing quickly and
developing an awesome product until we replace the dominant social network of our time.
Who runs Zurker?
Zurker is currently managed by the custodians. As...
Zurker is currently managed by the custodians. As the project develops and the
Zurker population grows,
our role will diminish and the community will be tasked with crucial decisions.
How can I own a part of Zurker?
Getting hold of vShares is easy. Just
vShares are stakes of ownership in the corporatio...
vShares are stakes of ownership in the corporation which will be incorporated to own and operate Zurker, once
enough vShares have been allocated. Here's our page about vShares.
Why should I support Zurker with funding?
It may turn out to be quite the shrewd business d...
It may turn out to be quite the shrewd business decision. Venture Capital investors are some of the wealthiest
people in the world.
Most people never have the chance to invest in startups, and wouldn't know how. Here at Zurker we have a product you
can use, and if you like it, you can easily invest a modest sum.
In addition, note that Zurker relies on small contributors from many users for funding. So please
do pitch in even if it's
just a few bucks.
When will Zurker pay me?
Not anytime soon. Zurker is not a pyramid scheme ...
Not anytime soon. Zurker is not a pyramid scheme and as such you will only reap rewards once Zurker turns a
legitimate profit from sales of products such as advertising, sponsorships or fees. We will continue to
develop the site in beta for at least six months, and make no serious attempt at monetization during this time.
Even after coming out of beta, it will probably be a while until we are earning enough to cover costs, as
the initial focus will be on growth rather than profitability.
Could Zurker be a scam?
Just about every new startup is potentially a sca...
Just about every new startup is potentially a scam. A bunch of entrepreneurs with varying degrees of technical ability
somehow secure funding from Venture Capital firms. Many startups burn through the funding, spending money
on things like fast cars, without ever turning a profit. The Venture Capital firms are OK with that because the
few that do succeed, bring phenomenal return on investment.
Note that if Zurker were a scam, we most likely wouldn't be limiting members' monetary contributions to 500 per member (the limit is in place
to ensure that no single member dominates Zurker). This is something a
number of members have argued about vociferously. But we refused to accept their money; scammers tend not to do that.
Is Zurker MLM?
No. Zurker is not MLM. Members do get credit for ...
No. Zurker is not MLM. Members do get credit for referrals but it's single-level only.
Does a vShare in Zurker US mean I own part of Zurker Australia etc as well?
No, each Zurker is owned by members of that parti...
No, each Zurker is owned by members of that particular corps country/region only.
Where will Zurker be incorporated?
Ideally each Zurker corps will be incorporated in...
Ideally each Zurker corps will be incorporated in the region or country it is associated with, the exception being
Zurker Worldwide which
may be incorporated in the US or off-shore. In some cases, government red tape may mean that it will
make more sense to incorporate
off-shore or in the US. There are numerous complex legal and financial considerations which will drive decisions such
as this, and when the
time comes we hope to have the expertise available, within the Ideas secion of Zurker, or in the form of counsel and consultants,
to make an informed decision.
Can I sell my vShares?
A vShare is an agreement between the co-founding ...
A vShare is an agreement between the co-founding developers and yourself that you will own a stake in the venture to be established.
An agreement between two parties can't be sold so our understanding is that it would be odd, and potentially illegal, to
allow the trading of vShares. However, Zurker is a democratic, member-led platform. If the demand is there, we'll look into it
further and possibly enable vShare transfers.
What are the Zurker corps?
Zurker has been organized in the form of nine reg...
Zurker has been organized in the form of nine regional corps. Each is a precursor to a local corporation, and accepts
members only from that region.
Residents of the EU, Norway, and Switzerland may join Zurker Europe. The demarcation is geographical and cultural
rather than political.
Residents of all other jurisdictions, including China, Japan, and Brazil, become members of Zurker Worldwide.
Why has Zurker been partitioned by regional corps?
This is a good question, and the answer is compli...
This is a good question, and the answer is complicated.
We have decided to release Zurker in the form of regional corps mainly because being operated on a country-level ensures that
geographically and culturally diverse market conditions and sensibilities are understood. This is why most multinational corporations have
teams set up locally. For example, it's hard to sell butter in India if the management and marketing teams are in Denmark.
For this reason, each Zurker corps is an independent entity owned by residents of that country/region only.
Having users from other
countries own shares in other countries would be excessively challenging for technical, administrative, operational, and financial reasons.
Note that you CAN connect and interact normally with members on other corps. A member of Zurker UK can
subscribe to a member of Zurker India, for example.
I am a resident of the United States but I am travelling. Can't I sign up with Zurker US?
Focus on enjoying your trip, and sign up when you...
Focus on enjoying your trip, and sign up when you get home. And don't forget to take lots of
photos you can upload to Zurker later.
Why doesn't Zurker have this feature? That feature? And the other feature?
Zurker is being developed by a small (but dedicat...
Zurker is being developed by a small (but dedicated) development team with limited funding. Don't expect it to be the
most awesome platform just yet. We are growing this project as funding comes in, with your support. Zurker has already
grown enormously since December, 2011. Every month our product gets a little better. One day, it will be mind-blowingly awesome
for public launching.
Should I "connect" or "subscribe"?
Connects are two-way connections, so a connect mu...
Connects are two-way connections, so a connect must be approved by the person you are connecting with. In most cases,
a connect is great because you find out what they are doing, and they can keep up with what you are doing.
In the case of a celebrity, or a person whom you feel might not necessarily be interested in keeping up with you,
Do you have any tools such as email templates I can use for promoting Zurker?
No, please send personalized invitations to your ...
No, please send personalized invitations to your friends.
Am I allowed to invite people to Zurker via my blog?
Can I invite people who live in countries/regions outside of the jurisdiction of my own Zurker corps?
Yes, but you will not receive any credit for inte...
Yes, but you will not receive any credit for international referrals. You should still invite them, though, so that you
have a more meaningful experience using Zurker.