GetTheBar – the next toolbar time waster? 26


Well, I was starting to write a post on this relatively new make money doing nothing scheme and after noticing it was starting to ramble(as usual), I figured another blog post conveyed my thoughts in a more succinct fashion.  That post is 5 reasons why GetTheBar.com will fail from the Living Room CEO blog.

Just a couple points in addition to what the author there has pointed out.

While the author touches on the fact that there is virtually no real info about the Boloto Group Inc. online, he doesn’t take it further and advise why that is a potential problem IMHO.

Despite the fact that many GetTheBar followers will say that this can’t be a scam because no money is being asked for, dealing with unknown entities such as this can have other consequences that could still cost you money, or worse.

  • You are giving personal info to a company and owner, Robert Donnelli that has almost no internet presence or reputation, good or bad.  While they claim that info gathered is used for demographics for “advertisers” and is not to be sold, the info given is a valuable commodity that they could easily sell without your knowledge.  What have you found online that shows they can be trusted?
  • Downloading a toolbar from a virtual stranger opens your computer up to some severe security issues.  Personally, I don’t even like downloading extra crap from companies I’m familiar with and have a reason to trust.  Again, what readily available info out there leads you to trust your computer, and in many cases, financial info, passwords, personal records, etc. to a company that has established no identity in its 10 year existence.

People just need to learn to evaluate these so called opportunities with their heads instead of their hearts.

Just like AllAdvantage and Agloco, the math does not add up to anything but disappointment in the end and your personal info in the hands of a complete stranger.

I just find it odd that an owner who was supposedly on the Chicago Board Options Exchange and a Wall Street technology firm has no internet footprint to follow, just like his 10 year old corporation that claims

The Company’s technology based applications impact many sectors including internet use, advertising, health benefits and commerce. The Company has invested over one million hours of engineering and development to deliver these applications.

Some examples of the press releases that lead to nothing:

Boloto Group Launches Free Online Membership – The Boloto Card
March 7, 2007  BolotoCard.com is a redirect.

The Next Generation Internet Has Arrived As Technology Company Introduces The First Ever Secure Way to Collaborate, Share Files and Conduct Business Within a Secure Distributed Community
December 29, 2004 — the “Library Card”  No site found

Businesses Remove Healthcare Burden From Employees With New Zero-Deductible Plans From the Boloto Group
Feb. 20, 2007 — bolotohealth.com/ still says beta 2 years later.

Until it all plays out, nobody can say for certain whether this is actually a sincere attempt at making a seriously flawed business model fly or just a clever scheme to gather information for other uses.

Edited on 02/28/09 to add the following:

Thanks to a recent comment on the LivingRoomCEO blog mentioned earlier, we now at least have a different site to look at — adsbyer.com

Before posting this, I actually did do a google search on the phrases ads by ER Exchange and ER exchange which brought up nothing.  Searching for just ads by ER did work.

The adsbyer.com site at least does a pretty nice presentation that letsyou run through a demo of setting up an account and ad.

For now, it looks like they intend to charge advertisers $0.10 per click for non-demographically oriented ads and $0.50 per click for demographically oriented ads.

One slightly important thing that their entire site fails to tell potential advertisers is that all members are paid to click their ads.  Instead, they word it as “our audience chooses to experience your presentation one-on-one for a minimum 5 seconds GUARANTEED”.  The reality is that the audience is obligated to click if they want to earn any money.

Oh well, it will be fun to watch it all play out and see how it develops.

Just an update on 3/22/12 as I was perusing old posts.  I attempted to go to getthebar.com and McAfee stopped me with this:

GetTheBar.com Phishing Warning

Zac Hawkins
Guest
Kirk, Pretty good one, I’ll bet Chris jumps all over your offer….lol Anyway, there is no way Boloto put this much time and investment into this project to collect data. They could have bought the data they’ve obtained thus far for a whole lot less. One other important note to put into the equation, unless Boloto Group intends on changing their name/business identity what possible motive could they have for not being legit since at… Read more »
Kirk Nickey
Guest
Hey Chris, Why don’t you just try joining the Powerbar Club and prove to all of us it’s a time waster? If you don’t want to do that please take the time to at LEAST do some true research on the subject. Why not follow a group of people’s efforts USING the Bar and see how they do? I have been very happy with The Bar so far. On 1/2/10 I had 14 members and… Read more »
Clarence
Guest

@Pamela M

I’ve been waiting since October for the launch. It’s been delayed 3 times now. I’ve pretty much lost patience, me and my 893 people. You would think with that many people, I be making at least decent grocery money, but I’m getting like a few cents a day. That’s proof that people are losing faith in this…

L. madison
Guest
Well I notice that the last Entry was January 25th, 2010. I myself am not sure whether this is a scam or not. I have been a member for 3 months and only started sharing the bar in December. Yes, it is very easy to share. Yes, it costs nothing,and Yes, mathmatics proves the money that can be made. However,there are several nagging thoughts that I cannot ignore. I wonder why we were told that… Read more »
Pamela M
Guest
I recently signed up for this after doing a little bit of googling to see some reviews. (I missed this one) I am quite hesitate to involve others as I have a feeling now in the pit of my stomach telling me that something just doesn’t feel right. First off, why should they do their so called launch. They have thousands of people clicking now for 3tenths of a cent when the advertisers are paying… Read more »
Arhys
Guest
Yah, this thing still does not launch fully up to this point. Im still hoping it does launch, but looks like they are going to hold it again. The only bearing if this thing is for real or gonna be huge is if they completely “LAUNCH THE TEN CENTS ADS”. Im just watching this program evolve for now. Im a member but not much inviting people. I wanna wait for the 10cents Ads to come… Read more »
Clarence
Guest
OK so it’s been nearly two weeks? So where is the press about i5? I haven’t seen anything in the news or the newspaper about this. Yet I hear that in 3 months “everyone with a computer on this planet will have heard of i5”. i5, nor the PBC, nor any of my sources, are saying anything about about any new updates as far as the PR Campaign is concerned. I don’t see anything in… Read more »
wayne Iremonger akagetpaid2talk
Guest
This is the press release issued last night! http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/01/prweb3413964.htm True Economic Stimulus:Provide Consumers Personalized Advertising “By Request” and Advertisers Access to Exact Consumers January 7, 2010 Invite5.com and 10CentAds.com Reduces Ad Costs, Provides Exact Audience Interaction CHICAGO, IL (January 7, 2010) – For Consumers, a vast world of advertising income is opening up with the launch of the Boloto Group’s Invite5.com, a viral web-based membership that provides a share of the ad dollars. In addition,… Read more »
Clarence
Guest

As will I. Take care, Chris.They’re PR Campaign is supposed to start tomorrow (1/4/10). I don’t exactly know what that is, but I’m assuming it has something to do with the public or press. 

Clarence
Guest

boloto doesn’t do that with i5. The only way I know about anything is with the powerbar club. I don’t here much from i5.

Miroslav
Guest

I know some sites that are long on the net and have not yet officially launched but inform the current situation

Clarence
Guest
@ChrisI agree with you on that. To me, that hype mode people get into about something really only raises red flags as to whether or not it will work . People shouldn’t be touting around how great it is. I could understand (a little) if i5 had already fully launched and there were people who were banking serious money off of this, but the thing is still in a pre-launch status (the Ad exchange, the… Read more »
Miroslav
Guest

They started with the payment – a payment already have a $ 400 repair? crazy and I do not believe that I was done I never have problems with this

Clarence
Guest

@ ChrisWhat’s this adsbuyer.com stuff?Last I checked, they were selling ads at tencentads.com. Maybe they shut that site down for this one?

Mark Ward
Guest
All I can say about The Bar is, it sucks! I just paid a tech $400.00 to repair my computer after it was majorly infected by viruses. This was caused by The Bar toolbar. How do I know this because my computer warned me before it crashed. I do not remember the exact content of this message but I do remember seeing the words Boloto in that error message. My advise is get rid of… Read more »
getpaid2talk
Guest
Hi Chris, Thank you for your comments,! I think it is great that we are able to express our rights to freedom of speech. In regards to your comment that you have been around for a long while and you see most will just sign in and do their clicks etc sign out ..With The Bar there is no need to sign in or sign out .It sits there ready for you if and when… Read more »
getpaid2talk
Guest
Hi Chris, Wayne Here, To answer your Question ? Why incentivized clicks would be a better option than current alternatives. Simply put as a member of The Bar you will get the opportunity to have 5 adds for you to have a look at each day . If they appear to be something one would be interested in then They would click on it .Yes and they would get paid .This is not a click… Read more »
anesaka
Guest

earn $1000/month surfing by yahoo.com
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getpaid2talk
Guest
Hi Chris , You Are a clever so n ‘so !Another one who is looking for reasons as to why this will not work ! If you do not and I repeat do not have all the facts then why do you take it upon yourself to be the Mesiah.Be fore you open your mouth make sure you have all the Facts ! ( Or do you have a hidden agenda) For yours and any… Read more »
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