TARTLE is always trying to find ways to improve the experience for those who entrust us with protecting their data. As an example, we recently relaunched our website, making it much easier and more intuitive to navigate. We also try to be proactive about these kinds of things. We didn’t just put it out there and rely on you to figure it out. We did a whole series of podcasts and articles to help walk you through the new layout, from signup, to confirmation, to filling out your first data packets, explaining the reasons behind each aspect along the way.
One of the things we touched on briefly in that series was TARTLEcoin. TARTLEcoin is a new feature we have introduced to help reward you for sharing your information and participating in TARTLE’s mission of reclaiming data for everyone. Now of course the obvious question, how does TARTLEcoin work?
Every time you share data, every time you share your experience on TARTLE, every data packet you fill out, the more you verify your identity, the more TARTLE COINS you get. Like most currency, you earn more of it based on the work you put into the system. One important way that TARTLEcoin is different is that its value increases based on the amount of work you put into it. Yes, you get more and the value increases at the same time. That might seem counterintuitive, however, TARTLEcoin isn’t currency in the sense that the dollar is currency. You don’t directly trade it for goods and services, you trade it for access. Access to what? To offer to buy your data.
To clarify, this isn’t buying access to anything that others don’t get. This isn’t a tiered system like that. You just get it sooner. That is, when a buyer is looking for data that you have, you get notified first, or rather sooner based on the amount of TARTLEcoin you’ve earned. That of course is where the real value of the TARTLEcoin lies, in getting first crack at selling your data.
That kind of reward can be very important, especially if there is a buyer with a limited budget who can only afford to purchase a relative handful of data packets. Instead of having to hop right on to sell your data, hoping to beat the 20,000 users who might also want to sell to a person who only wants 1000 packets. Since you’ll be notified ahead of time, you can actually finish driving home in order to respond instead of pulling off to take care of business.
It’s obvious how TARTLEcoin can benefit a TARTLE user. However, it also benefits the buyer. Remember, a seller is rewarded based on how much work he is putting in. That means the buyer is purchasing data from a person who is dedicated to the TARTLE mission and is interested in sharing plenty of data and in being fully open and honest about it, leading to better data, better decisions and better outcomes for the companies the buyer might represent. TARTLEcoin is actually the economics of human interaction put into practice. It lets you get more and do more based entirely on your own interest level in a given data packet that you’ve filled out.
To clear something up before we get ready to wrap up this announcement, in no way does TARTLEcoin replace our system for selling your data. You still get paid in crypto when you’ve sold data. The TARTLEcoin is totally in addition to everything we normally provide. So, you get TARTLEcoin for signing up with TARTLE, for watching a video, for sharing your TARTLE activity, and of course for actually selling your data and various other opportunities as well.
So, what’s your data worth? More than it was, my friend, more than it was. www.tartle.co
Brazil and Poverty – Breaking the Cycle
Brazil is the largest country in South America and is home to many resources. However, it is also terribly poor. The shanty towns, especially in Rio are places where extreme poverty isn’t something that you read about in the papers or see on the news. It’s there and in your face every single day. Children get admitted into hospitals and then sent home to the same terrible conditions they were in before, only to go back to that hospital not long after.
How can you help with something like that? The silver lining to extreme poverty conditions like this is that it doesn’t take a lot of money to dramatically affect someone’s life. It’s a little cliché but for the price of a Starbucks every day, you really can help change a life. It reminds me of a movie about Mother Theresa. Towards the end there is a scene with the board of the charitable organization she founded. She sees all the charts and presentations but instead focuses on the Perrier in front of everyone. She asks how much it cost. When she finds out the fancy bottle of water cost three dollars she comments that she could send a girl to school in India for that much money. And then proceeds to dissolve the organization and get back to basics.
Now, we aren’t all nuns working directly with the poorest of the poor. So again, what can you, what can we do? One simple thing is to sell your data through TARTLE and then donate the money you get to causes like solving poverty in Brazil. Or even donate data directly to organizations trying to solve those issues. Or if you are an organization that is trying to research problems of poverty, crime, or malnutrition in Brazil, you can specifically seek out data packets from people in those poor areas and purchase them. You get to help, and they get to keep their dignity because they are actually selling something and not just getting a handout.
There was recently a great example of using local information and resources to help solve a major medical issue. Infant mortality in Brazil was through the roof and no one could figure it out. The best of Western medicine was at loss as to what was going on. Finally, researchers discovered a bug in the local rice that was infecting the infants. These researchers then developed a filter that separated the bug from the rice. The result was a massive drop in infant mortality, a drop to the tune of 800%. That’s a pretty big impact from just looking at the locally available information. That’s the power of working and taking action at the community level.
Others are hard at work trying to improve education and nutrition for people living in the worst slums of Brazil and around the world. That creates a massive cascading effect. How so? When someone has those basic needs met, they now have the freedom to let their natural talents shine. That means they are more able to get a better job or develop their own business. Which in turn means they are making more money for themselves and their families, which means they can then afford better nutrition still, which in turn means that others will be able to let their own talents flourish even more. It enables the old adage “I dug ditches so my son could work in a factory, so his son could go to school and work in an office.” When people work with purpose and dedication, they improve their lives and that of their families for generations to come. Often, that takes just a little push, a push that can come from you.
What’s your data worth?
What is TARTLEcoin?
TARTLEcoin is a private blockchain rewards system within the TARTLE marketplace. TARTLEcoin allows individuals to earn priority of receiving bids on the marketplace as their TARTLEcoin balance accrues to a larger value than other data champions. Meaning, as the balance of TARTLEcoin in your account grows, so does the probability of receiving more bids from data buyers.
How do I earn TARTLEcoin?
Earning TARTLEcoin is easy! TARTLE designed the rewards system to give you specific payout rewards of TARTLEcoin when you complete certain actions and tasks when using TARTLE. Every time you interact with data packets, share your journey, or donate to a Big 7 cause, you earn TARTLEcoin! In the simplest terms, the more work you put in, the more you are rewarded, and the more priority you receive to earn potential income.
What else can I do with TARTLEcoin?
TARTLEcoin can be shared with others you know who are on the marketplace to help get them started on their journey. Using the email address of another TARTLE user, you may transfer TARTLEcoin from the wallet screen of the marketplace.
How do I get started using TARTLEcoin?
In order to start earning TARTLEcoin, you must first visit the link below to create a personal PIN number for your new TARTLEcoin wallet.
What is a referral?
A referral is when you invite friends and family to join TARTLE, and when 11 sign up and link their Facebook account, TARTLE pays you!
How do I earn money and TARTLEcoin from referrals?
To earn money from referrals, you must share your personal referral code to your friends and family which they will use to sign up. When the code has been redeemed 11 times, and they have linked their Facebook account, we will pay you $3 USD and TARTLEcoin. *
How do I get started inviting friends and family now?
In order to start earning money and TARTLEcoin, you must go to the INVITE FRIENDS tab in the app. You can enter the email address of your friends or family and share directly to your Facebook Feed. Facebook is most times the best option for getting paid quicker.
Walkthrough Time Pt.2: Activation and Security
In the previous installment of this series on setting up your account with TARTLE, we walked through the initial sign up process, what you need you to do and why we need you to do it. Today, we are going to go over the rest of the initial process and another one of our security features designed to protect your data. As before, if you want the visual to go along with the article, head over to TARTLEcast where Alex and Jason take you through everything step by step.
If you recall, we left off last time talking about the need to verify your account before you start setting up your profile. The link is in an email we send as soon as you create your account. If you don’t see it in your inbox, check your spam or promotions folder. It’ll be there. Click on that link and you’ll be taken to our log in page where you put in your user name and password. Don’t worry, if you forgot your password in the minute or so since you created it, just hit the ‘forgot password’ link and we’ll get you fixed up. Once that is settled, you’ll have to complete our anti-bot puzzle once more and then we are off to the next step.
That next step is important for security. We give the option of setting up two step verification – or two factor authentication (2FA) for your account. You don’t have to do it but we strongly recommend it. Why do we recommend it so strongly? Because as unlikely as it might be, it is possible for a nefarious actor to get your password. That can happen through a number of ways. The big thing is making sure that you don’t use the same password you use for everything else. Honestly, you should really have a different password for every account you have but we know not everyone does that. If, however, you have the same password for multiple accounts, if there is one data breach at say, Google, and the hackers get your password for that, all the accounts that use the same password are at risk. So, please diversify those passwords.
You might stop to wonder, if 2FA is so great for security why is it that you have to sign up for it? Remember, this is TARTLE. We don’t opt you into things assuming it is the best thing for you. No, we let you make the decisions. Unlike almost everywhere else on the planet, you never have to opt out of something you don’t want. You get to choose to opt into things or not. It’s part of our philosophy of putting you back in charge of your data.
In any case, should you choose to enable 2FA for your account, you have to choose the kind of authentication you would like. The most common kind people choose is via text message. This is easy since almost everyone has a phone these days and chances are, you always have it with you. Just put in your number along with the country code (yes, this is necessary, we are in almost every country on earth at this point) and you’ll be set. Not only does this method of 2FA give you additional security to make sure it is you accessing your account, you also will get text messages when a buyer is interested in a data packet you have. Yes, you’ll get text messages offering you money. Sounds good?
Next time, we’ll get into synching up your accounts with TARTLE so you can start protecting your data and generating data you can share.
What’s your data worth?
Walkthrough Time! Pt. 3: Synching
In part two of this walkthrough series we went over how to finish getting your TARTLE account activated and why you should set up two factor authentication in order to better protect your account and your data. That being complete, it’s time to move to the next big step.
Finally! At long last we get to talk about one of the biggest things that you should be doing as a new member of the TARTLE community – synching your social media accounts. This is the simplest and most obvious step (other than signing up with us in the first place) towards becoming a data champion. It’s the easiest way to both protect your data and start collecting it in order to sell it to others. So, get your account up so you can sync as you read.
Once you have selected your 2FA option, you get sent straight to our brand new, cleaned up dashboard. There, you will find a handy video to help walk you through the process. Of course, we’re going to walk you through it right here. Should you need a refresher course though, it’s right there for you. Just above that video is a little line telling you that synching your Facebook account will get you a dollar right way. See? You have barely done anything yet and you’re already getting rewarded. Synch your Facebook account and every other third party online account that we support.
You do that by clicking the gear in the upper right. There, you will see links to sync up various accounts. The active options at the moment are social and professional apps. You’ll also see what we have coming in the near future. Soon, you’ll be able to sync health accounts, browsers, wearables, and home devices. For now though, we’ll focus on the social option.
Under the ‘social’ link you will find links to sync up your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. That way, you can gather your data so you get to sell it, not just have those companies keep making money off of you and your interactions. If you click on the Facebook link, you’ll log into your Facebook account and our servers will download all your Facebook data. Do the same for the others if you have accounts there. And don’t worry, we’re working even now to add more apps to sync. We’ll send you an email whenever we get one set up so you will always be up to date with the latest additions so you can get the most bang for your buck. Now that your accounts are all synched, your data packets are already getting created. How easy was that?
What you will want to do next is set up notifications in the settings. We’ll send them to your phone as well as on the site in the marketplace. But you have to opt in. Again, this is TARTLE. We won’t bother you with anything unless you explicitly tell us it is okay to do so. You’ll see settings for a bunch of other things as well, like updating your number and your email.
And here is another fun thing. If you refer people to sign up with us at www.tartle.co, we’ll reward you with some T-coin. Or if you do things online that help promote what we are doing, we’ll reward you for that too. That also helps grow the movement. The more people who choose to join TARTLE and take control of their digital lives, the more companies and governments will have to sit up and take notice. That means we’ll have a better chance of affecting policy in a positive way. Just something to keep in mind.
After all, what’s your data worth?
Walkthrough Time Pt. 1
We talk a lot about just how easy it is to sign up for an account on TARTLE. But why should you take our word for it? It’s past time that we just go ahead and show you how easy it is. If you want the visual, head on over to TARTLEcast where Alex and Jason walk you through the whole process on the site. If you don’t have time for that, we’ll provide you with a brief overview right here. Let’s jump right in.
First off, we have you put your name in to sign up. Why? Since we are always so careful about your information and your identity, why do you even need to give your name? Because there are other variables at play. Namely, we have to run your name against lists of known terrorists and criminals like money launderers. If we let those guys into our data marketplace, it not only helps bad people do bad things, it invites some unwanted attention. What kind of unwanted attention? The CIA breathing down our necks and demanding access to our servers. We’d tell them no, but we really don’t want that headache. So this little measure keeps people out of our hair and yours as well. Besides, we encrypt it all and don’t share it with anyone. So you are doubly protected.
Next is your birthday, which is used for the same reason, not to mention making sure that you are of an appropriate age to be making online accounts on your own. Again, laws.
Next, put in your email. That way we know who to notify of any changes to TARTLE and most importantly when people are looking for data you might be willing to share.
Then, naturally you put in a password. For crying out loud, don’t share that with anyone. And use a new one, not the same one you use for your Gmail and Netflix account. If we and you are going to all this trouble to ensure your data is protected, it would be a shame if someone got a hold of your information because they saw your password.
Create that account and navigate our anti-bot feature. We don’t want automated bots any more than we want terrorists in our system. Put the puzzle piece where it is supposed to go and then – bang! – your account is created! Well, we aren’t quite done yet. Get over to the email account you gave us.
There, you will find an email from us asking you to verify your account. Yes, it is there. If you don’t see it right away, check your spam folder. We know our servers work and send out emails when we want them to. So please don’t contact us saying you didn’t get the email. Or that you can’t log into the site. If you created your account but can’t log in, it’s because you still need to verify your account by clicking on the link in the verification email.
With that done, you have completed your first step to working with TARTLE in order to take control of your data. Next, you are ready to get started setting up your profile and synching your accounts. We will get into that and more as we continue this tutorial series on signing up with TARTLE. When we are done, you will know everything you need to know to regain your data privacy and actually get rewarded for sharing your data.
What’s your data worth?
Walkthrough Time Pt.5: Wrap Up
Here we are at the end of our little walkthrough the TARTLE set-up process. If you have been following along over at TARTLEcast, Alex and Jason have taken you through the whole system, from going to www.tartle.co for the first time to filling out the data packets so you can get rewarded for sharing your data. Along the way, we also went over the reasons we do things the way we do them. After all, one of our big seven is transparency and we try to practice what we preach around here.
Of course, the big deal we talked about last time was data packets and how to fill them out. Speaking of filling them out, remember to fill them out completely otherwise it doesn’t count. But don’t worry, if you have to drop what you are doing and leave or the process is just taking longer than you expected we’ll save your progress for you and make sure the status is displayed by the packet icon so you will know what packets you still need to finish when you do come back. And don’t forget, the more of those things you fill out, the more likely you are to get paid for your data.
If you start poking around the site a little bit and do a deep dive into the amount of packets available, you will be sure to find something you can participate in. Just in the financial category alone there are eleven data packets waiting for you to fill out. That’s what we call opportunity. What if you would rather start small, something simple to test the waters? Just check out the photos category. All you need to do is upload some images from your phone and you are done. Simple, isn’t it?
Remember, the more of these you fill out, the more visibility you and your data have and the more likely it is that you will sell some data and start earning your way to being a data champion.
Let’s do a quick recap:
Step 1: Create your account
Step 2: Verify your account
Step 3: Log in
Step 4: Set up 2FA
Step 5: Sync social media and other apps
Step 6: Fill out data packets
Step 7: Sell said data packets
Step 8: Get paid
Step 9: Caribbean vacation
Alright, that last one might be a bit of an exaggeration, but stranger things have happened. And be honest, you’d love to be able to capture that in a packet for the sake of prosperity if nothing else. The point also remains, once you have some data packets, whether the result of integrating your social media like Twitter and Instagram with us or manually selected packets that you’ve filled out based on your interests, you now have the opportunity to get rewarded for sharing your data, rather than getting served up a bunch of ads you never wanted as your return for getting your data constantly monitored and stolen by third parties. Instead of others using your data against you, you will finally be able to use it to help yourself and others.
One other thing to keep in mind is our T-coin system. You get those for filling out data packets, selling your data, referring friends to TARTLE, and sharing with your social media friends when you do sell some data. With those T-coins, you are at the front of the line when it comes to selling your data. You get notified before others when buyers are looking at your data and making an offer on it.
By following these walkthroughs, you should be set up at TARTLE in no time, sharing your data, getting rewarded for and becoming a data champion.
What’s your data worth?
Walkthrough Time Pt.4: Data Packets
We’re getting serious now. In the last part of our walkthrough series we spent our time learning how to sync up your online accounts with the TARTLE data marketplace. As soon as you do that, data packets are getting created based on your activity in those accounts. However, we have other packets you can fill out manually and that is what we are going to delve into today. If you like the videos, you can check out TARTLEcast and watch Alex and Jason go through it, or if you are an audio person, just download that version of the show from Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Now, let’s get into it.
First, make sure you are on your dashboard. Once you’re there, look under the video and you will see a side scroll of a variety of different data packets that you can manually fill out. These are your bread and butter here, where you can make some money. These packets are full of questions that buyers specifically want the answers to. Or they are created by the community in order to attract buyers. Either way, they are specific and can be filled out with as much detail as you would like. That’s precisely what makes TARTLE data packets more valuable than auto-skimmed third party stuff that most people get from various media companies. You can find a large variety of packets including some on health, travel, operating systems, politics and more. You’ll be able to see the type of packet and how many questions there are. So if you have just a few minutes, you can do a quick five question packet, or you can do a 27 question packet if you have the time. Choose one and start answering questions.
Now, you might be wondering if someone would try to game the system at all. Could someone put in a bunch of random characters to fill out the field and have that count? Technically, it is possible but it isn’t a very good idea. If you fill out the packet with a bunch of nonsense and sell it to a buyer, that buyer can block you and never buy data from you again. Therefore it pays to put a little bit of effort in to put some real information in the answer fields. Not to mention, are you really here only to make money? Or are you here to help make the world a better place by sharing your data. If the latter, it makes sense to fill out your packets openly and honestly. Otherwise you are just submitting bad data. So, go through and fill it out honestly and save that thing. Now, you have officially created your first data packet in the TARTLE data marketplace.
You’ve also gotten a little bit of T-coin. What is that? We mentioned it last time but neglected to explain what we meant. What T-coin is, is a digital coin that gives you priority when a buyer comes looking for data. Basically, you get notified before everyone else. So, the more T-coin you have, the closer to the front of the line you get. That’s useful if a given buyer only wants a certain number of packets. So, with T-coin, your chances of making money selling your data goes up. You also get T-coin whenever you sell your packet, you even get a coin if you share the fact you just sold a packet. That makes it worth your while to set aside some time during your sign up process to go about filling out as many packets as you can and get yourself to the front of the line to sell more packets faster.
What’s your data worth?