Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Most Pointless App Ever Made? An In-Depth Look at 1Q (Mobile App)


WHAT IS IT? 
“1Q” (which stands for “One Question”, in case you were wondering) is a mobile app that pays you immediately to answer single questions. That's right, you get a quarter deposited into your Paypal account right after answering one simple question. Sound stupid? It is. Sound like a waste of time? It....well, let's not throw around adjectives until we dig in depth a little bit more, shall we?

NAVIGATION
Well, there are apps that are pretty easy to navigate, and then there are ones that are virtually foolproof; 1Q falls into the latter category. Outside of the initial setup, where you have to input some personal information about yourself, the main answer page consists of one page. You open the app, and any questions that are active and available to answer are right there. There's literally nothing else to check or look into. That's it. Even your dumb grandma could get the hang of this with no problems.

This is the main screen, and pretty much the only one you'll ever need.
Of course, there are other things you can do (although, outside of referrals, none of those things are paid) and those are available from a pulldown menu at the top left side of the screen.

ANSWERING QUESTIONS

The entire basis of 1Q has you answering single questions for a quarter. Outside of that, you can refer people to sign up, which will net you another quarter per referral. Unlike other sites that offer a few ways to raise your balance, this is it; there's no need to check your dashboard or go to any other screen, because you ain't gonna find anything. On the one hand, it's kind of stupid, but on the other, its mind-numbing simplicity and complete pointlessness is, in a way, also kind of refreshing.

In order to maximize your earnings, the app strongly recommends that you enable location settings, which will supposedly net you more questions. I never do this (unless I absolutely have to), so I can't say for sure if this is true. However, your dashboard will also notify you of any questions you miss; after having the app for about a month, I successfully answered two questions, and missed one, presumably from not having location services enabled. It was about this point that I deleted the app, citing it as too pointless, even for me.

They'll send you questions via text now!
Then, about year later, things got a little more interesting.

One day, two months ago, I got a random text message from 1Q that was a multiple choice question. I was going to ignore it, figuring it was just a “reminder” that I hadn't used the app in a while, but decided to answer the question. Sure enough, I was paid a quarter. Then, a couple days later, another question came through text, and another. Moral of the story, I don't even have the app installed on my phone at all, but I've made more money in the last month than the entire previous year. Granted, that amount has only been a dollar (for an entire month plus), but for just answering questions with a single letter via text? Can't really complain too much about that.

The only downside is that you have to be pretty quick on the draw: I answered one about 45 minutes after it was sent to me (my phone was silenced) and it had already reached its response limit and was not available; according to others, this usually happens within the first 5 minutes they are sent out. But assuming you have your phone by you more often than not—and who doesn't these days—and can take literally ten seconds to read and answer a question, then why not? I'll continue to answer the questions as long as they keep sending them over text.

WEB APPLICATION
As can probably be expected, there is currently no PC functionality with 1Q...all questions must be answered from a mobile device.

HOW MUCH CAN I MAKE?
I'm usually against sharing balance info, but this is what I've accrued. Over one year in.
Virtually nothing. And that's no exaggeration: over a year later after installing it, I've made a whopping $1.50. Users in other forums report similar (and sometimes even worse!) results, so expect this to be more of a rule than an exception. I always mention on any of these GPT sites that you're not going to make anything resembling a living wage, but generally you can make at least $10-20 a month with a modicum of effort. Not so here: you can probably find more money going through your couch cushions at the end of any given year. But in that scenario, you technically haven't “made” anything; you're just re-finding your own money that you lost. So I guess look at this as finding money in someone else's couch cushion. I guess that's a little more worthwhile, right?

Granted, I never enable my location settings, unless I have a need to (such as navigating through GPS), so maybe I missed out on a few. But according to my dashboard, I've only missed two, with one of them being the text I was too slow to answer. Meaning I've actually only missed one in over a year's time because I didn't have location services enabled. So really, it doesn't seem to make all that much of a difference.

When their referral system is active, you can get an extra quarter per person referred. Feel free to use mine!
GETTING PAID
Unlike other GPT sites, where you have to build your balance up to a certain amount (usually in the range of $3 on the low-end, but sometimes up to $30...I'm looking at you, InboxDollars) before you can claim your earnings, 1Q does it all for you, depositing a single quarter into your Paypal account almost immediately after you answer a question. That's it.

Expect this almost immediately after answering a question.
On one occasion, there was a random issue with depositing the funds, to which I received an automated message that they would retry to deposit the money the following day; sure enough, they did, without me having to follow up at all. Outside of that one time, though, the money has been deposited within five minutes. I guess, in some way, that's kind of impressive...right?

So I guess the only drawback here is that you have to have a (verified) Paypal account in order to sign up and get paid. But considering they're free, I don't see that as too much of a bad thing. And if you don't have one, or have no intention of ever getting one, then at least in this case, you aren't missing out on a whole lot.

SUPPORT
I have never needed support, and surprisingly, a quick Google search hasn't revealed any big issues with payments; the main gripes people have are the infrequency of the questions. However, should you ever need to contact them, they can be reached via email at support@1q.com, or via a contact form on their website.

OVERALL

PROS (+):
+Paid immediately (via Paypal) for every question answered.
+Referrals pay out $.25 each...not much, but better than nothing. (Feel free to use my link.)
+Questions also sent out via text...even without app installed.
+Can also donate your earnings to charity.

CONS (-):
-Payment only $.25 (down from $1 when it initially launched in 2013).
-Questions very infrequent for most users.
-Must answer quickly (i.e. within 5-10 minutes) or they expire.
-Lack of other paid activities or opportunities for increased payouts (aside from referrals).
-Must accept payment via Paypal (or you can donate to charity if you'd rather).

Ultimately, this app is ultra-pointless; there's really no way to refute that. I mean, what's the point of keeping an app around that only does one thing, but does it so infrequently that people forget they even have it installed? Beyond that, most questions reach their answer limit within 10 minutes, meaning you have to answer quick to even get your quarter—you'd think it was gold bullion or something up for grabs.

If you get bored, you can also answer questions for free!
And yet, there's also something almost endearing about its mind-numbing simplicity: I deleted the app after about two months back in 2019 (after going 2-for-3 in questions answered) and rarely thought about it again--until I started receiving questions via text, even without the app installed. And I still get the immediate quarter payment via Paypal, even without the app installed. In fact, I've answered more via text within the last month than all of last year combined.

Recommending this (or not) really feels more like a psychology lesson than anything else: On one hand, does anyone need a quarter that badly that they should sign up? No, not at all. On the other hand, the payouts become some of the highest in the industry when you factor in the minimal effort involved: read a short question—usually about product preferences, or something equally simple—and pick an answer. Most can be done in well under a minute, but even assuming a minute average per question, you're looking at a wage equivalent to $15/hr. You may never make that figure even over the lifetime of this app, but the way I see it: why not give it a try?

Or then again, why even try it at all? Dammit...I give up. It's all up to you.

RATING: 5/10

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