One of the many surprising things we’re learning about carrying around smartphones every day is just how useful they can be for interesting tasks. One of these ‘new generation‘ hobbies is capturing video of breaking events and local news. Now everyone can be a video citizen journalist, but why shouldn’t we also have a chance to earn money for our efforts?
iFussss is a new service and free app which you load on your phone and use to capture and upload video clips to offer for sale to media companies and anyone who is interested. The service is still very young, so the website and surrounding services are still not well formed.
For example the search function is pretty comprehensively broken on the web, there’s also no real landing page for the visitor to understand what’s going on, and the only way you can discover how to use the site is by digging deep into the bowels of the About Us page. It’s a clumsy and terrible user experience to land on a front page which is just a selection of random video clips.
But the premise of the service is actually top notch, and the app works much better than expected. I tried it out recently to grab some clips of the recent storms in the area, and the app was quick and easy to use. Just fire it up, point the camera at something and press the big red record button. You get a maximum of 30 seconds per clip each recording, but you can take more clips at the same time if you need.
Clips can be tagged for easy searching, and there are sections on the app for Breaking clips and those in your current location. One interesting thing to note is that clips are automatically deleted from your phone immediately they are uploaded to the iFussss servers, which the company says is to protect the user and leave space. This is a great idea if you’re in danger of having your phone confiscated (if you have a data connection on the phone, clips are uploaded very quickly), but maybe not so good if you want to retain some personal record.
We suggest you also record important events with the standard default video recorder on your phone, just in case.
Overall the service is a great idea, and the fact that you can earn money for your clips is a cool idea. They sell clips for $35 each to media agencies, out of which free users get 10%, paid users 15%, which may not sound like much, but if enough agencies download it can mount up. The key is to see how many media companies will spend the time searching for clips, but we can actually see them doing this if it’s easy enough, especially during the middle of any major ‘event’ somewhere in the world.