During last weekend, Google launched Prizes.org, a social contest website without any public announcement.
Google acquired the site last year which is operated by Slide, a social gaming company. The site allows users to create “contests” where they post questions or tasks. The user can then award a cash prize to the best answer received.
Users may ask various questions including trip-planning assistance, advice on naming a startup, best product for infants, etc. Each post has a time allotment for forum feedback, during which time visitors vote on the best advice submitted. The user who gains the most votes wins the cash prize, often a $10 to $50 prize.
At present, Prizes.org requires a Facebook or Twitter sign-in to participate.
Although the website features little Google branding; upon investigating we found that the privacy link on the homepage reveals a standard Google privacy agreement. Slide has been quietly releasing other products without Google branding, including group-texting app Disco. This might be a practice followed by Google these days.