I had discussed many times in the past that we need to build Q&A sites that can be connected to live experts via audio, video or text chat. On many forums, I spoke that this kind of site can definitely work wonder.Well, it seems Minute Box has heard my talk. As they have launched their site on almost same concept as I discussed earlier on many forums.
MinuteBox.com is a social way to buy and sell expertise. It will help users to buy and sell advice via multi-media (text/audio/vide) chat.It means that it is the place for you to get interactive advice or assistance from Experts at the most competitive price.
MinuteBox offers a flexible way for you to monetise your small units of time and sell your skills, professional knowledge or know-how at any place.It means that experts can sell or users can buy(advice) on whatever social platform they are using.
In other words,it means that you can take your online reputation with you, and offer your expertise for sale directly from your blog, website and other online community websites. And while selling your expertise via video/audio/text chat on MinuteBox, you can get paid instantly via PayPal.
How To Use It:
You can use it by signing up via LinkedIn.Once you sign up with linkedin then they will pull in your online presence through social graph to make your profile on its site.
Once your profile is ready with Minutebox then anybody can contact you to ask for any help ,assistance or advice at any place.
Once someone wants to buy your time, MinuteBox will notify you right away. You can decide if you are available or not.
Best Thing Is:
Best thing is that you can also embed MinuteBox Direct and promote yourself to your own followers or readers on any platform that you are using (like blogs,websites,social networking sites etc).
The only charges you(clients) pay are the fees that you agree with any expert you talk to. These are charged on a per-minute basis, for example, if you consult an expert for 10 minutes at 10p per minute, the total charge would be £1.
And experts are only charged any fees when they earn money via minutebox.Experts retain up to 75% of every sale and rest go to Minutebox.
In my view, this kind of site can work well. As asking questions and answers on sites or forums is still passive form of communication. While interacting with experts live via audio or video would be altogether different experience (for users and experts as well).Watch out this startup.