Gigwalk is a fairly new project with an interesting approach to user involvement. Instead of paying the folks at Gigwalk, they pay you. Sounds like a good deal, right?

Gigwalk gives you the opportunity to make some extra cash by taking pictures and video with your iPhone. There’s no catch, and that’s about as simple as it gets. Companies pay Gigwalk to receive photos of various establishments and locations in major cities. And you do the photography.

Gigwalk is a brilliant idea because it’s a type of crowd-sourcing in which everyone wins. Companies pay Gigwalk to pay Gigwalk users. The users that Gigwalk pays provide the companies with relevant, location-based information.

Companies of all sizes can use Gigwalk’s user base to collect local data pertinent to their marketing and general business.

GigaOM reports,

“Ariel Seidman, CEO and co-founder of Gigwalk, said the iPhone is creating the opportunity to build a purpose-based network where companies can leverage the distribution of all of these phones for business purposes. That in turn can create a new economy that benefits both companies and iPhone users looking for some extra money.

“We’re turning iPhones into a global workforce where businesses can collect real-world data on the ground,” Seidman.”

Reports have said that Gigwalk users (or “Gigwalkers”) have made up to $1,600 a month snapping pics of requested locations and completing simple tasks. Gigwalkers can make anywhere from $3-$90 a gig.

Companies like TomTom have already utilized Gigwalk for things like map verification. Real estate agencies could use Gigwalkers to snap pictures of properties, or restaurants, hotels, shops, etc. could use the service for customer feedback.

Gigwalk presents a very interesting opportunity for companies to begin utilizing a mobile workforce that has never been available before. If Gigwalkers are getting tipped real coin for their services through the app, companies can make very specific requests and expect those requests to be completed.

At the moment, Gigwalk is only available in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Miami. The app is available for free in the App Store.

The success of Gigwalk is obviously dependent on how many people use it, but it’s definitely a cool idea nonetheless. It will be interesting to see if people really take to the whole “mobile workforce” concept. An extra $1,600/month definitely sounds good no matter how you look at it.

What do you think about Gigwalk? Would you snap some pictures around your city for some extra cash? If you live in one of Gigwalk’s supported cities, let us know if you decide to try the app!

  • Dodgerdeezy

    I’m Gonna give this a shot!!

  • Aw 🙁 I live in Alaska

  • geoces

    signed up and im awaiting a 24 hour response to see if i can get in.

  • Bongo

    They don’t need anyone for Indianapolis just yet. 🙁

  • Johnny B

    The app fieldagent does somewhat the samething

  • boop

    here we go again, yet another article written without giving any thought to the vast reader base outside the US. we will only care about such apps and services when we all can get involved, until then please stop wasting our time, or at least say this is for US readers only at the top of the page.

    • bc

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought that this blog was based in the U.S. Why should a U.S. based blog have to disclose “for U.S. readers only”? A lot of these posts are relevant to the U.S. only. And regardless, in this country they are free to post whatever subject matter they want, just like you, as an internet user, are free to read these articles OR NOT. Does everything on the internet have to be relevant to you?

    • billy

      are you smoking something that’s legal only outside of the US?
      they have absolutely no need to obligation to say the article it’s only for US readers..
      What a boring WWW it would be if every such detail and disclaimer needed to be posted.

      • billy

        or obligation****

    • sOleFresh

      yo some people are jus complete idiots…jus DONT F*****KN READ THE DAM ARTICLE..and if you end up doing so, drop it& get over it. your complaining so much about “wasting” your time reading it why “waste” more of your time posting about it?

  • Sounds to me like a new CIA undercover spying app 🙂 without the need of finding a designated spy. Smart !

  • PT

    At least, the crap talk about AT&T and Verizon has almost ended…

  • Bet they would pay lots for our Canadian Porn, the best beaver shots in the world. To Bad they are USA only. So sad 🙁

  • ZebSogo

    Here in the UK London.. Would love to use this application

  • NovaTornado

    Too many people = bad cause then any photo gigs would be taken right away?

  • CB

    You can something similar with Photofame. Your picture is submitted to an agency in the UK and if its put in a paper then you get paid too. One guy got 50 Euros for a picture of a Gold Ferrari in the Daily Mail