Is TSU a Pyramid Scheme?

Let’s address the elephant in the room. Many people are immediately turned off by TSU because they think it’s a pyramid scheme.

By having the ‘family tree’ structure, the person who invited you to TSU will benefit financially from you being there. How much they will benefit is entirely up to you.  It will range from zero to infinity, but will always only be one third of the benefit you receive.

First we need to understand,

Q. What is a Pyramid Scheme?

A. A pyramid scheme is simply a business model that is unsustainable – and often illegal – that convinces you to join by promising payments (or other incentives) if you encourage other people to join.

Usually this means that money has to come in the front door faster than it goes out the back door.  This will often work until sign-ups start to decrease or people lose confidence.  By this stage, the owners have made their money and the little guy is left with a hole in his wallet.

 

Q. TSU gives payments, and encourages users to ‘recruit’ so this means it’s a pyramid scheme. Right?

A. Wrong.  He’s why

  1. It costs nothing to join or use TSU, so any money in the system is coming purely from advertisers (who choose to advertise), and not from you. You can never lose money only gain some. How much, is entirely up to you and your actions.
  2. TSU ‘only’ gives out 90% of the revenue generated by advertising, so there is always more money coming in the front door than goes out the back. If they don’t make it, they don’t pay it.
  3. TSU sign-ups have already come in waves, and the network shows no signs of going away. Usually a wave follows a user with a large following joining and bringing some of that following with them.

 

Q. So is it better than other social networks?

A. Well…this is a matter of opinion.  Have you ever received a share of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter’s revenue?

Have any of these networks ever directly shared their success with a charity, due the the charity’s participation in the network only?

 

Q. So should I quit other social networks and just use TSU?

A. No. TSU is still comparatively small (a bit under 5 million registered users) and does not have the reach of the social media behemoths. However, I think the genie is now out of the bottle and we’ve already seen (particularly with Facebook) that the big boys don’t know what to do about TSU.

TSU is going to grow. How quickly, only time will tell, but it should definitely be part of your social media setup.

 

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement
Tip 8: Connect your Social Profiles
Tip 9: Spammers and Copyright Infringement
Tip 10: Who YOU should invite to TSU
Tip 11: Is Google finding your TSU posts?
Tip 12: How to get more followers on TSU?
Tip 13: TSU Invite Code

 

How to Feature in the TSU Flower Pictures Gallery

Hi, I’m Fraser and I’m the person behind the Flower Pictures Gallery on TSU.

At time of writing (10th December 2015), the gallery has 7950 followers, and this number is growing daily.

So how can you get your images shared to the gallery?

First, you must join the Flower Pictures Group (it’s completely free). Once you are a member of the group – currently there are 629 members – you can upload your own images. A maximum of 3 per day is allowed, and all images must stay on topic (the clue is in the name!)

What next?

Every day, I go through the images uploaded to the group and share what I think are the best ones. As long as you focus on quality, there is a good chance I’ll be sharing your images soon.

Do I have to post in a certain way?

No.  You can post whatever and however you like, but if you want your image to be as ‘visible’ as possible, I’d suggest something like this.

  • Click ‘Add Title’ and give your image a name i.e. Poppy at Sunset
  • In the ‘Create’ field give a short description to tell the viewer a story i.e. Where is it?  When was it? What camera? What lens? Why you took it?
  • At the end of your description, add some relevant hashtags i.e. #flower #poppy #red #macro (do not overdo it with the hashtags, this is counter-productive and may put off the viewer).

Why does the page have more followers than the group?

Well…first of all, not everyone is a photographer. Some people just like to follow the page, so they receive great content in their TSU feed (we do all the work for them…you take the images and I curate)

Also, groups on TSU are still in BETA phase, so they are a lot newer than pages.  Both are growing daily and both offer great exposure for your images, so there is no downside to featuring in either.

Anything else I need to know?

We regularly run competitions on the group, which not only increase your exposure (more people view the group while the competitions are on) but I also offer small cash prizes to the winner. I also match that prize and give it to one of the registered charities on TSU (currently there are 61 registered charities).

JOIN THE GROUP and see what all the fuss is about.

 

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TSU Invite Code

I can’t believe that I got to TSU Tip 13 and I still hadn’t written a post to give you a TSU invite code!

Q. What is a TSU Invite Code?

A. A TSU invite code / TSU invitation link / TSU shortcode (all these terms are interchangeable) is just a URL that you need to sign up to the social network TSU.

 

Q. Why do I need a TSU Invite Code?

A. TSU users can earn on the social network in 2 ways.  First, by posting quality original content and have people like / comment / share.  Second, by inviting others to the network to help it grow.

 

Q. So, what is the TSU Invite Code?

A. Everyone’s is different.  I have 2, because I have 2 accounts.

My personal code: www.tsu.co/goofysurfer

The Flower Pictures gallery code: www. tsu.co/flowerpictures

Clicking on either of these links will make me your ‘TSU Dad’.

 

Q. I’m already on TSU, what is my code?

A. Your code is just: www.tsu.co/(your username).  Your username is just the bit after the @ symbol on TSU.

If you invite a friend, family member, colleague etc. to TSU, make sure you use your TSU invite code.  You’re the one spreading the word, so you’re the one who should benefit.

 

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement
Tip 8: Connect your Social Profiles
Tip 9: Spammers and Copyright Infringement
Tip 10: Who YOU should invite to TSU
Tip 11: Is Google finding your TSU posts?
Tip 12: How to get more followers on TSU?

How to get more followers on TSU

So you’d like to know how to get more followers on TSU, right?

Q. Is there some magic wand I can wave and suddenly have hundreds or even thousands of followers?

A. I’m afraid not, but read on because all is not lost.

There is one thing that I’m certain of on TSU (and on social media in general)…Followers bring Followers. Think of it like a snowball rolling down a hill, the bigger the ball gets, the easier it is to get even bigger.

Q. That’s a nice little anecdote, but can you prove it.

A. Until today it was just something I’d observed, but didn’t have any proof of, so I went back to my TSU Analytics. If you’re already on TSU, you’ll probably know that you can go to your Analytics Dashboard and review your Views, Likes and Comments over the past 30 days.

Well…being a bit of a geek for the numbers (there was quite a lot of stats in my degree), I’ve noted all of my numbers since the start (Oct 2014) in a spreadsheet.  Yes…I know…but sometimes it comes in handy.

So, I decided to compare my daily new followers in March 2015 against my new follower numbers for October 2015, and here’s the results:

New Followers in March 2015
New Followers in March 2015 – click for fullsize
New Followers in October 2015
New Followers in October 2015 – click for fullsize

This is even more striking than I expected it to be.

Q. So what does this teach us? 

A. In my opinion, it’s this. If you find a social media page that has a lot of followers you immediately think it must be good.  In fact, if you found two identical pages, but one had ten times the followers than the other you’d immediately expect the one with more followers to be better.

Q. Why is this?

It’s because you assume that other people have already reviewed the page and determined it to be good. You don’t actually decide for yourself, you allow others to decide for you.

The difference between what I did on TSU in October compared to what I did on TSU in March is not much, but the difference in follower numbers speaks for itself.

Obviously I hope that people enjoy my page, but it’s up to me to ensure that people continue to follow me.

Q. So how does this help me learn how to get more followers on TSU?

A. Quite simply, it shows you that perseverance is the key.  Start by following these simple steps:

  1. Find the area/topic that interests you most (then you’re less likely to give up at the first few hurdles)
  2. You must create quality content (and I’ll do a post later about Quality over Quantity)
  3. Engage with others who are also interested in your area (remember to use hashtags)
  4. Keep going…you may know you’re doing the right thing…but you should expect others to take longer to realise.

 

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up

Thomas A. Edison

 

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement
Tip 8: Connect your Social Profiles
Tip 9: Spammers and Copyright Infringement
Tip 10: Who YOU should invite to TSU
Tip 11: Is Google finding your TSU posts?

Is Google finding your TSU posts?

Q. Does it matter if Google finds your TSU posts?

A. Of course it does, and here’s why.

Let’s say that your hobby or profession is photography, and that macro photography is what interests you most. Let’s also say that you’ve joined TSU, and that the majority of your content is close-ups of insects. But…you really only post your images and a couple of hashtags, if you remember. It’s highly unlikely that Google is going to find your post.

Q. So what should I do differently?

  1. Always give your post a title. This should be relevant and not an attempt to spam (Google doesn’t like this, neither does TSU and neither should you).
  2. Always give your post a short description. This could be where you were, what camera you used, what the subject is, how long it took you to get the shot you wanted etc. etc.
  3. Always use at lease 2 or 3 (relevant) hashtags. i.e #caterpillar #insect

This will make it much more likely that your post will be ‘discovered’ on TSU and be indexed and found on Google.

Q. So what?

A. Well, if someone – who has possibly never heard of TSU – finds your post on Google (TSU posts are now Open Web and can be seen by non-members) and joins TSU as a result, they join under your shortcode.  They are then a child in your family tree network forever, and remember, TSU rewards both original content and those who grow the network.

Here’s something to try:

Open a new tab or web page. Go to TSU, but log out of your account. Go to Google and search for ‘YourUsername on TSU’.  Click on the link to your account.

You’ll be able to see all of your account but not interact without signing up.  So click on the link that says ‘Join’.

Have a look in the Referrer Shortcode field.  It is you!

Q. Can you summarise this?

A. Sure. Take a little more care and attention when you make your posts and gain TSU children without having to do anything!  Cool eh.

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement
Tip 8: Connect your Social Profiles
Tip 9: Spammers and Copyright Infringement
Tip 10: Who YOU should invite to TSU

 

 

Who YOU should invite to TSU

Inviting other people to TSU is a good thing for 2 main reasons:

1. It allows you to connect with the people you already know on a great new social network, that recognises the value of #originalcontent.

2. You improve your own personal monetisation on TSU, as the ‘parent’ of the person you invited.

Q. But is it more than that, and can you work smarter?

A. Yes, and here’s why.

TSU have introduced functionality that notifies a ‘child’ when their ‘parent’ makes a post.  Let’s say Tom invites Anna to join TSU, and she does.  From then on, every time Tom makes a post Anna will receive a notification (this can be switched off in notification settings, but the default setting is on).

Q. So what…why is that important?

A. Well, let’s think about the people.  Imagine Tom is a photographer, and Anna is an editor at a magazine that Tom has always wanted to be published in.  Now, every time Anna logs in to TSU she receives a notification from Tom (if he’s made a post).  Tom will now be at the front of Anna’s mind the next time she has a job that he is suitable for.

Q. What does this mean for Tom?

A. Firstly, people do not sign up to TSU just because you tell them to. They sign up to TSU because you contact them personally and give them a list of reasons why you think TSU would be good for them. Sometimes they agree, sometimes they don’t, and this is fine.  If they don’t, you shouldn’t continue to pester them…you wouldn’t like it if someone did that to you!

Secondly, if Tom really wants to be seen as the go-to-guy by Anna, he now has a responsibility (to himself) to post quality content. Remember…Anna will see everything.

This will ultimately be good for Tom, good for Anna and good for TSU.

Q. What does this mean for you?

A. If you are using TSU purely for social reasons (i.e. to talk to friends and family) then invite your friends and family.

If you are using TSU for more commercial reasons, then think carefully about the people that you would like to see your content.

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement
Tip 8: Connect your Social Profiles
Tip 9: Spammers and Copyright Infringement

Spammers and Copyright Infringement

Regardless of how good (or bad) you believe TSU to be, it – like other social networks – is always going to be open to misuse by people not using the service as it was intended.  Although spammers and copyright infringers are two different problems, they can be dealt with in much the same way.

Q. What is a spammer?

A. In the context of TSU, a spammer is likely to be a person that posts irrelevant, rude, repetitive comments on another person’s feed, for the purpose of personal gain.  You know the sort of thing “follow4follow”, “share4share”, “visitmywebsite” or even simply “like” 100 different times, with no thought given to what they are commenting on.

Usually this is done on pages with a large following in the hope that a lot of eyes will see the spam.  We’ve had a bit of it @flowerpictures.

Q. What is a copyright infringer?

A. These are people who use the work of another person without permission, with the view to personal gain.  i.e. copy/paste, screengrabs, removal of watermarks etc.

Q. So what can be done to stop this?

A. If you’ve inadvertently followed or been followed by a spammer, click on their profile.  Click the 3 little dots (under their username) and click ‘Block’. This will stop them being able to send you a message, write on your wall or comment on your posts.

If you notice that a post infringes your copyright, go to that post, click the 3 dots under the post and then ‘Report’.  You’ll then get a choice of options, including:

Inappropriate / Harassing me or a friend / Hate speech / Spam-Scam / Sexually explicit content / Violent or harmful behaviour /Drug use /Your intellectual property / Someone else’s intellectual property

Select the most appropriate and move on.  Do not get involved in an online argument if you can help it.

Q. Could TSU do more?

A. In my opinion, yes.  The one thing I’d like to see is a ‘right click’ ‘save as’ facility removed.  This is particularly relevant for those of us with visual content

Q. How can I ensure I’m not a spammer or a copyright infringer?

A. If you are genuine in your engagement with others, you are not a spammer…easy.  With regards copyright, if you are sharing from outside of TSU, then always make sure you have the permission of the content creator to do so.  If you are sharing from within TSU, just hit the share button and give the credit to the creator who’s content you value.  You might just form a friendship!

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement
Tip 8: Connect your Social Profiles

Connect your Social Profiles

Q. What are my Social Profiles?

A. Your social profiles are the other accounts you have on Social Media, i.e. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter etc.

Q. How do I connect them?

A. There are 2 different ways.

First, go to your page.  At the top where you see your name, your username and your friend and follower numbers, you’ll also see an ‘Edit Profile’ button on the left hand side.

Connect your Social Profiles

Click that button and fill in your website details (if you have one), your YouTube channel, Tumblr and Pinterest accounts.  Click ‘Save’.

Now go back to your page and you’ll see the links on the left hand side.

The second thing to do is to connect your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Click your profile picture (top right), click ‘Settings’ and then click ‘Social Accounts’.  Fill in details for whatever accounts you have.

The next time you create a post, the Facebook and Twitter icons will now allow you to send that post directly to your other accounts (NB: make sure you do this before clicking ‘Post’ on TSU).

Social Sharing to Facebook and Twitter

Q.  Ok, I’ve got that, but why?

A. If you share your posts to your other social profiles and someone then navigates to TSU via your link (shortcode invitation) and then signs up, they will become your ‘Child’, and you may benefit from that.

It will also help you find your contacts from other networks on TSU.

Learning to use multiple social media sites in harmony is a powerful skill and one which you can use to help build brand YOU.

Don’t worry if you don’t use all the social websites.  Just connect the ones that you do.

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement

Meaningful Engagement

Q. What is meaningful engagement?

A. To me, meaningful engagement is just communicating with someone when you actually have something worthwhile to say.

If you see someone’s post and the thought you have is ‘oh, that’s nice’, then click the Like button and move on.  Do not type ‘Like’, ‘Nice’ or spam your username in the comment field in the hope that it will raise your own profile.

Q. How to do it?

A. For example, if you are looking at the @flowerpictures page, and you see a particularly nice red rose, you might like to say why you like it.  i.e.  Is it the colour? Is it the composition? Is it the lighting? Is it the focus? etc.

Better still, engage directly with the photographer – by using their username in your comment – (i.e. @flowerpictures).  You might even have a question about the image.  Where was it taken?  What camera and lens did you use?

Q. Why should you do this?

A. Because, meaningful engagement creates meaningful relationships, which should be what everyone is looking for.  Let me give you an example.

I recently took part in a discussion on someone else’s page (because I was interested and it was fun).  That led to that person making a $3.00 donation to my page.  Now…that was nice of them, but it was certainly not expected, so I in turn donated it to @detroitwaterbrigade.

However, the result of all of that is that I have built a relationship with a stranger based on respect, and a deserving charity gets the benefit.  Can you get better than that?

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users

Mention other Users

Q. How do I mention other users on TSU?

A. It’s easy.  Simply type @flowerpictures (or whatever other username you wish) into either your post or comment.

Q. How do I find someone’s username?

A. You can find it below their name on their page, or by hovering your mouse over their name where they have made a comment or their post has been shared.

Q. Why should I mention someone else in my post?

A. Although people may have you as a friend or follow your feed, this does not mean that they automatically read everything you post.  If you think something will be of particular interest to another user, using the mention function is the best way to get their attention.

However…DO NOT…spam high profile users in every post you make seeking attention.  This is a sure fire way to get yourself blocked by them or even banned from TSU completely.

Your first priority should always be to construct a quality post.  Only then should you draw it to others attention.

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags

Capturing moments, just as they are