September 28, 2009

The Sour Deal of Scour and Why I'm Moving On

Well, it's official. Scour has changed or rather dropped their rewards program and suckered quite a few people into working with them to improve their search engine (a job) without any pay or rewards. Well, sorry to say, but I'm no longer one of those suckers.

Here's what the search engine had to say:


Subject: Scour has changed its Reward Program
Dear theinsanewriter,

Over the past year, Scour has received a lot of feedback regarding the rewards program and the direction of Scour. Based on user suggestions, we have decided to discontinue the Scour Points Rewards program for the time being and instead focus on using our resources to improve the search experience on Scour. We are confident that you will be very happy with the changes and updates to come.

If you would like to read more about this change, please visit our Scour Blog: http://blog.scour.com/2009/09/01/scour-focuses-on-search-and-features/

Thank you,

Team Scour

Of course I understand that times are tough thanks to the economy, but giving users something to get excited over and then never paying up is not the way to do business -at least not honestly anyway. And I'm really not sure why users would be happy over those changes. Of course if you have accumulated points with the search engine, I wouldn't expect anything from them and it's just best to chock it up or blame me if you need to towards a waste of our time.

Really I could stay with Scour, but to be honest, I find Google (despite my ill tendencies towards their ad program) to be a much better search engine even without the enticing rewards. So it's time I said goodbye to the no-rewards program (ironically you have to have permission from them to delete your account.) and move on. Hey, we live and we learn about better ways to become successful online. It's like John Chow said, never put all your eggs in one basket. There are other and better fish in the sea or maybe it's the ocean. hmmm.