Google launches prizes.org

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Google have just launched Prizes.org, a place where you can create contests and let people compete for a prize of your choosing. The best submission wins the prize.

Essentially it’s a site offering cash payments for solutions, creative work, artwork or practically anything that you want someone else to do. There are two winners to each competition – one chosen by the competition creator and the other winner is whichever entrant gets the most votes from site users.

To create a contest you’ll need to purchase some credits which are available via PayPal or credit card. If you’re a competition winner then cash payouts are via PayPal.

That’s a bit of a surprise to me, Google Checkout has long been a competitor to PayPal and Google are toying with NFC (Near Field Communications) mobile phone payments. Using PayPal is yet another indicator that much as Google would like to be a major player in the payments business they’ve a long way to go yet.

If you do need some work done, a utility written, or even translation of your eBay listings for foreign language sites Google Prizes might be worth a try. If you do post an entry in a competition let us know in comments so that we can all vote for your submission.

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