IDG’s NETWORK WORLD MEDIA ALERT: Network World Article Exposes Employees Spending Company Time Earning Extra Cash At Web Sites

SOUTHBOROUGH, MASS.– 03/06/2000 — March 6 article says employees can earn $5-$1,000 a month at surf-for-cash Web sites

Network World, the leader in network knowledge, published a story today on the latest headache for corporate network professionals and their companies — web sites that pay visitors to surf. According to the Network World article:

— An influx of Web sites that pay end users to surf, search, and send e-mail are enticing employees to use their speedy corporate Internet connections to earn extra cash while on their employers' clock–from $5 to $1,000 a month. New sites are popping up daily, making it difficult for companies to block them from employee usage.

— The number of surf-for-cash sites has mushroomed in recent months, with at least 70 sites currently online. Especially popular are sweepstakes sites such as, a portal that awards daily cash prizes to its members. In fact, was one of the top 10 most heavily trafficked web sites in the month of January, according to a survey of at-work Internet usage by Nielsen/NetRatings. The 7,000 employees surveyed spent an average of 67 minutes at during January.

— Surf-for-cash sites are gaining popularity because they are raking in venture capital funding and cranking up their membership drives., the leading surf-for-cash-site with five million members, last month received a $100 million investment led by Softbank Capital Partners. The Hayward, Calif. company also filed to go public.


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