Pretend for a moment that you’re walking through your neighborhood
and notice a line of people wrapped around the block outside a newly
opened restaurant. Local food bloggers haven’t written about the
venue, so you assume the trendy-looking crowd must be the result of
contagious, word-of-mouth buzz.
There was a time when that may
have been undoubtedly true — when you could trust that a crowd of people
was, in fact, a naturally occurring mass of individuals.
that time may be passing thanks to Surkus, an emerging app that allowed
the restaurant to quickly manufacture its ideal crowd and pay the people
to stand in place like extras on a movie set. They’ve
even been hand-picked by a casting agent of sorts, an algorithmic one
that selects each person according to age, location, style and Facebook
Welcome to the new world of “crowdcasting.” ...
The company’s tagline: “Go out. Have fun. Get paid.”
said the company has amassed 150,000 members in Los Angeles, New York,
Chicago, Miami and San Francisco. Anyone can download the app. The
members are of all ages and backgrounds, George said, noting that people
are drawn by the chance to be social and get paid.
launching two years ago, Surkus members have attended 4,200 events for
750 clients, including big-name brands, hospitality groups,
live-ticketed shows, movie castings and everyday people who want to
throw a party. George said users can be paid as little as $5 and as much
as $100, though the average for most events is between $25 and $40.
Prolific users, he said, can earn as much as $4,000 a year.
More about the other uses of the app at The Washington Post
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