Activity from 2010 July (page 2)

Monitoring Special Offers

Posted by on Thu, July 29th, 2010 at 1:00 pm
TSG wanted to let you know that we’ve removed several offers from our Special Offer walls. Why, you might ask?We didn’t look into it because of any complaint we received – we found it because we’re constantly monitoring the offers to make sure that you have the best possible experience. We test them out, make sure they’re working properly and not doing anything harmful to your computer.
Recently we became suspicious that offers from Gamevance (maker of free downloadable games like “Play Sushi” and “Fashion Girl”) were not crediting users if they refused to take “bundled” offers during the game download. These bundled offers included a Weather Channel desktop that charged the end user (you all) $9.99 a month. Nowhere in the instructions did Gamevance ever specify that opting-out of that bundle would result in a user not receiving their Swag Bucks. But that’s exactly what we discovered was happening in our tests. So much for the “free” in that Free Offer.

Further, after we rejected the bundled apps, and completed our downloads, the games were nowhere to be found on our computer. So if you actually wanted to play the game, you were out of luck. Further, we soon discovered some strange behavior on our computers owing to registry changes that Gamevance apps were making, which resulted in websites (including Swagbucks.com!) being altered to display invasive ad units, just like the ones you see in the screen shots below:

Here is the Swagbucks.com Quick Links being altered from afar by Gamevance.

As a result, we have removed ALL Gamevance offers from multiple offer walls. Just to be clear, there was no malware or trojan involved in these offers, but the adware it installed was enough for us to remove it.

Little actions like these frequently go unnoticed, but we felt it was important to demonstrate to you our committment to ensuring the best possible user-experience when it comes to these offer walls. We’ll continue to test offers to make sure that the ones you get to are legit, but if you spot something that doesn’t seem right, please report it to us by sending an email to offeralert@swagbucks.com - this is not a support email – think of it as more of a “tip line” to help us sniff out adware and other potentially harmful things in the offers.

Thanks,
TSG

Twitter Trivia Is Staying Close To Home

Posted by on Thu, July 29th, 2010 at 11:00 am
It’s almost time for Twitter Trivia, the game where I give you the questions, you give me the answers and I give you the Swag Bucks! If you can hold on for three and a half more hours, we’ll be in the thick of it! This week will be all about things that happened on ... Read More »

TSGal Presents: Revenge Is…

Posted by on Thu, July 29th, 2010 at 9:00 am
Concerts and music festivals are one of my favorite leisurely activities. A day filled with sonic soundscapes, tennis shoes and my ability to sneak food inside any given venue, is an excellent reason to wear my most-outspoken tee-shirt hoping it will ignite a few positive conversations with strangers. We’ve all see the below genre of ... Read More »

Say "Swagstakes"

Posted by on Thu, July 29th, 2010 at 7:00 am
For all of the shutterbugging Swaggernauts out there, don’t miss your chance to enter the Canon Powershot Digital Camera Swagstakes. A single entry is just 14 Swag Bucks, a small price to pay to win a 12.1 Megapixel camera like this one. It has a stabilizer, a wide-angle lens and takes the guess work out ... Read More »

Dance Instruction Wednesdays

Posted by on Wed, July 28th, 2010 at 5:00 pm
OK, this probably won’t become a regular feature, but sometimes a video is so deliciously awkward that I can’t wait until Saturday to share it with you. Behold: The Chicken Dance. Remember – 4 claps. Cue the bubbles. TSG

You Make The Call

Posted by on Wed, July 28th, 2010 at 3:00 pm
TSG has a question for all of you out there in the Swag Nation: Given all the different ways you can earn Swag Bucks now – Bonus Bucks, Special Offers, Tasks, Trusted Surveys, Shop&Earn and Searching (of course), what do you think is a reasonable amount of Swag Bucks that the average Swaggernaut can expect ... Read More »

Twitter Tuesday Phrase That Pays – 7/28

Posted by on Wed, July 28th, 2010 at 1:30 pm
As usual, the Swag Nation delivered another entertaining TTPTP… 140 characters isn’t a lot to work with, but as always you guys rocked it out! This week ranged from the poetic to the puzzling… Here are the honorable mentions from yesterday’s Avengers Assemble Phrase That Pays – great work by ALL who entered: “Avengers Assemble ... Read More »

Get A Second Life!

Posted by on Wed, July 28th, 2010 at 11:45 am
TSG here with a brand new offer for you courtesy of Second Life and Offerpal. If you aren’t familiar, Second Life is a virtual world where you can connect with people and literally build a “second life” where you live out your dream job, travel the world, and fly. That’s right. Everyone in Second Life ... Read More »

Ask The Swag Gal: July 28th, 2010

Posted by on Wed, July 28th, 2010 at 9:00 am
Morning Swaggers! For this week’s Ask the Swag gal we have a youngster facing a problem that most of us have had to deal with a time or two. Dear Swag Gal, I just moved out of my parent’s house for the first time and not only is this a financial change for me but ... Read More »

I’ve Got A Golden Ticket…

Posted by on Wed, July 28th, 2010 at 7:00 am
And YOU can have a Golden Ticket too, because I, the Willy Wonka of Swagbucks, have hidden FIVE Golden Tickets inside copies of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Coloring Books – you have until next Tuesday, August 3rd to find them (unless we sell out before then, of course. Each Golden Ticket has an ... Read More »