I have noticed Gather is really pushing towards "popular" content, and by "popular", they seam to mean writing about pop culture and current news stand events.
So, here's my big push...
What would we all do if Michael Jackson came back from the dead, and married Miss America at the Super Bowl this weekend?
Do you think it would effect the outcome of the game?
And better yet, will Pepsi cave, and advertise anyway?
Another money pushing thought... will Phil Harris be well enough to attend the Grammy's with Caressa Cameron?
And will Beyonce win a grammy? Will Kanye jack whoever wins in place of Beyonce?
Will Taylor Swift be the youngest entertainer of the year for the awards? And will she wear red again, or blue?
And what about Carrie Underwood and her engagement... will she marry her man side by side with Michael Jackson and Miss Virginia/America?
Who do you think Simon will smack this year first on American Idol? A doppelganger of Paula, or will he go for Kara? And will the winner win a grammy next year, or will it take him a few years? Will Pants on the Ground be the breakout hit of the show?
Will Rhianna steal the show again? Or not show up? And will Chris Brown finally get the beat down he deserves?
And will Haiti have another Earthquake? But even more important... Will Jessica Simpson donate some of her shoes to the homeless in Haiti?
Will Toyota send their recalled cars over for non-mobile homes? Seems the best use for them, really.
Will Rip Torn get arrested because he was in jail and unable to send his pocket change to Haiti?
Will the government pay to have our 2009 taxes done?
Will the government give people their jobs back? Or will people still be jobless for another 6-12 months?
Will the job market ever recover, so people can afford to spend $5 on a small coffee at Starbucks? Or will all the little baristas be out of a job next?
Will Angelina Jolie marry Brad Pitt, and will Jennifer Aniston be their Old Maid of Honor?
Nail biting good times!
And the most important question of all... will I earn more than 2 points over night tonight? A year ago, I was earning $100 a month here at Gather. I haven't even been able to scrape together $25. I'm almost $10 shy of it at just over 1,000 points. And worse yet, it's taken me just over a month to get that.
So, with the lack of posting, the push for non-original, copy & paste entertainment news, and few people commenting, is it even worth the effort to be here?
I used to say it was, because I enjoyed the community itself. But, it feels like Gather has chocked the community out of the social network. I have almost 2000 friends, and it's not uncommon for my feed to sit stagnant for hours. I typically have 2-3 posts from the night before still in my morning feed.
Points are done, so quite a few people left. Content is down, pushing more people away. And Gather takes the time to post "trending tags" every day, which circle around entertainment news.
I miss the old Gather.
Let me specify- this isn't about the points. This is about having a place online that I enjoy being, and interacting. The points used to be a perk, a bonus. Now? They feel like one of the only reasons I stay.
Ok, honestly, every time a new "trending topic" comes to mind, I am editing, and adding crap to this article. But, aside from that, an update of sorts.
In the 30 minutes or so this has been posted, my points jumped by 5 whole points. That may seem tiny, but like I said earlier, there have been recent days where I've earned 2 points over 12 hours.
I think it's safe to say, that Gather rewards the brainless crowd followers.