What do you do for a living?
I design websites with Tilda and do advertising for a print magazine. I’ve been working remotely for 10 years, so last year’s lockdown wasn’t a big change for me. My work-from-home arrangement has allowed me to take care of my dogs, one of whom suffers from spinal damage.
How did you join Toloka?
I spent a great deal of last summer playing games on my phone. I got sick of it by early fall and deleted everything except sudoku. I’d seen Toloka ads a few times and I thought, “Hey, let’s see if I can make some money off of it”. Toloka turned out to be a great fit for me: it’s like playing a game – but you also get paid! I even quit sudoku. I do tasks in Toloka after waking up and before going to bed. Sometimes I manage to squeeze in a few tasks while I’m walking my dogs. All in all, I spend around 2 hours a day in Toloka.
What are your favorite tasks?
I like to check the relevance of search query responses and classify messages posted on social media. I took a speed-reading course a few years back, and now it really helps me complete these tasks faster.
I also enjoy taking pictures. Every time I’m about to go to the post office or to get groceries, I check Toloka for field tasks to complete on my way, like taking a photo of a building or a business’s entrance. I think it’s a great way to get some extra exercise and earn a few dollars at the same time.
Side-by-side comparison of images is fun, but I found it a tiny bit disconcerting. Picture it: you’re sitting there, comparing images of completely innocent things like clothes or footwear. Then suddenly, out of the blue, comes a picture of somebody’s privates. It happened pretty often. I can’t even begin to describe the things I’ve seen! When a friend of mine joined Toloka and started doing these tasks, we talked about it a lot. The good news is that you don’t have to do it if you feel uncomfortable: you can disable tasks with adult content in settings so that you don’t have to deal with anything inappropriate.
How do you spend what you earn in Toloka?
I spend my earnings on phone bills, small gifts for myself, and charity. I am an animal shelter volunteer, and it’s one of the things that drives me. Most of the money I earn I donate to animal shelters, so the more money I make in Toloka, the more animals I get to help.
What do you like about data labeling?
I really enjoy the feeling of being involved in a meaningful project. When I was little, I watched sci-fi movies and couldn’t imagine myself living in a future like today or that I’d help train artificial intelligence.
Do you have any advice for people who are thinking about signing up for Toloka?
If you’re ready to set aside at least a couple of hours a day, and if you’re patient and able to concentrate, you absolutely can earn some extra cash with Toloka. There’s no need to quit your current job – you can complete tasks in your spare time. You choose your own schedule and task complexity, and that’s really convenient.