Photosynth Gig Advice: Asking for Permission


Gigwalkers have come out in full force in taking on the Microsoft Photosynth Gigs all around the US. There have been tens of thousands of locations photographed and hundreds of thousands of dollars paid out – Nice job!

A common question that we have heard is: How do I get permission if approached by management? Here are a few things you can do to help get approval by management of the Gig location:

  1. Dress to Impress – Make sure you dress appropriately for the location. You can leave the tuxedo at home, but make sure to look professional.
  2. Act Professional – Always treat staff and customers with courtesy and make sure not to disturb any customers while you are completing the Gig. 
  3. Explain the Gig – Make sure to explain that you are helping to promote the business within Bing Search and Maps. The panorama and photos used will be shown to customers who are searching online. The service is totally free to the business and they have the option to edit or replace the photos in the future.
  4. Show Credentials (NEW!) – The Gig description now includes an official letter from Microsoft and Gigwalk that authorizes you to do work. Feel free to print this out or show it on your phone if asked for credentials:

If you do not get permission after taking these steps, it’s very important to stay professional and friendly. Thank the person you spoke with, leave the location and send a note through the app explaining the situation.  

That’s all there is to it, good luck out there!

Getting the Full Picture With the New Photo Dashboard

We admit it, looking at photos on the dashboard could be tedious. You had to click on each image, wait for it to load, close out, and repeat, sometimes for hundreds of photos. 

You depend on those photos to get the full picture of your Gig, and Gigwalkers work hard to get crystal clear, amazing photography delivered to you.

We heard you loud and clear, and now there are several new features that all make viewing photos easier than ever before.

1.) Flip through photos with one click

Flip through Photos

Use the arrows to quickly view any photo for the Gig

2.) Verify the Gig location and where the photo was taken

Gigwalk Photo Verification

Peace of mind that the Gig was done in the right location

3.) Zoom in to get a closer look

See all the relevant info, up close and crystal clear

4.) Download the image with one click

Gigwalk Photo Download

Try out the new features and let us know what you think.  We’ll keep the updates coming. (Coming soon to a Gig near you: Share Gig results with co-workers)

-Mike Pearce and the Gigwalk Engineering Team

Meet a Gig Captain: Fernando N.

Two months ago, we announced the Gig Captain program. Gig Captains are an exclusive, hand-picked group of the most experienced Gigwalkers and are trained in creating, pricing and managing Gigs.

                           Sign up here to hire your own Gig Captain

Fernando N. is a Gigwalk super-user and was the very first Gig Captain. He’s a actor and a student at City College of San Francisco, and has been on Gigwalk since September of 2011.  Fernando has over 750 Gigs under his belt including:

  • 12 Customer Intercepts
  • Hundreds of Photos
  • 32 Store Audits

He’s also captained nearly 20 Gigs -Including store audits, customer intercepts, mystery shops, verification, and much more.  We asked him a few questions about his experience as a Gig Captain:

What does your job as a Gig Captain entail?

Gig Captaining entails having a thorough understanding of the results clients are looking for and how Gigwalk delivers those results: Making yourself available to go above and beyond client expectations is the name of the game, and results are the top priority.

Delivering those results involves understanding how Gigwalk works from the worker perspective.  The Gigwalkers are the orchestra, and the Gig Captain is the maestro.  Miss one part of the movement and the entire performance will be thrown off, so it’s imperative that the Gig descriptions are as complete and as accurate as possible.  

Once the Gig is deployed, then it becomes a matter of organizing your resources (the Gigwalkers) and managing the results (the Gig itself).  If there are changes to the Gig, then you have to have the flexibility and savvy to be able to change direction midstream. 

What was the first Gig you captained?

The first Gig I captained were consumer intercepts for a consulting firm.  Since then I’ve captained numerous Gigs for a whole range of big-name clients.

What was the largest Gig you’ve captained?

As far as sheer volume, it was a Gig to verifying business addresses.  There were a total of 1,750 Gigs in many cities from Charlotte, NC and Bellevue, WA, to New York, Chicago and Houston.  Bear in mind this is before “auto-select” so I had to manually pick and approve each one!!!

Fernando is just one of our many Gig captains who have mastered the art of posting a Gig. If you’d like to hire a Gig Captain, you can Sign Up Here for more information.

Gigwalkers Get Out and Vote!

Only a couple of hours left to get out and vote for those of us west of the Mississippi! Here are just a few of the people who’ve already made their voices heard. Over 100 Gigwalkers have completed this Gigwalk for Good. If your polls aren’t closed yet, and you haven’t made it out, Get out and vote!

Gigwalkers Vote

New Feature: Instantly Copy Your Gigs

Posted by Pushkar Modi, Lead Software Engineer

At Gigwalk, we’re always trying to empower you with the best tools, so you can get your work done as quickly as possible. 

That’s why we are happy to introduce a brand new feature today that we call Copy-A-Gig. This feature lets you duplicate a Gig and post it live in a matter of seconds.

This feature comes especially in handy when you want to re-run the same Gig repeatedly or if you want to create multiple versions with small differences in Gig instructions, locations, pay-out, or dates. 

When you are looking at a Gig that you want copied from the Gigwalk dashboard, look for the Manage Gig button on the right-hand side and then click on Copy Gig. 

Duplicate Gig

As soon as you click on this function, you’ll see all the details of the Gig duplicated and placed in the same interface you normally use to post Gigs. Every last detail will be there, including any survey questions, locations or detailed instructions. We will even update the due date auto-magically!

You can make any modifications you want to this copy, make your payment and your Gig will be posted live. It’s that easy.

Please try out this feature the next chance you get on any Gig you have in the system - live or completed. And remember to keep the feedback coming!

- Gigwalk Engineering

It’s Movember! An Open Invitation to Bring On Your Mo’s

As part of Gigwalk for Good, our team here is gearing up for Movember madness. 

This is an annual month-long event where men around the world grow out our moustaches to help raise awareness and money for the fight against prostate cancer and other male cancer initiatives.

Salvador Dali wants you to grow a mo

This year we would like also to invite our fellow Gigwalkers to join our team (both Mo Bro’s and Mo Sistas).  Click here to join our team!

For the first five Gigwalkers who email us at, join our Mo team, and commit to growing their Mo’s for the entire month (or Mo Sistas who want to help raise some funds), we will donate $100 on their behalf to the Movember Foundation.

Now here’s the sizzle – we are going to be tracking our daily Mo grow progress here – come check on us from time to time – you’re gonna like what you see.

Thank you all for supporting a great cause.

- Bob B. 

A Love Letter to Our Founders, Customers and Gigwalkers

from Bob Bahramipour, Gigwalk CEO

To our founders, customers, and Gigwalkers,

Last week the Gigwalk team announced several important milestones. 

We launched 100,000 Gigs with Bing/Microsoft to help them collect 3D panorama photos across 3,500 cities.  We announced $6 million of new venture capital financing to help us expand Gigwalk’s reach, technology and customer base. 

We also announced a CEO change. After years of hard work and huge contributions to Gigwalk, our founding CEO, Ariel Seidman, is off to invent the newest, new thing (and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next).

As I take on the CEO role, I want to acknowledge, thank, and re-affirm the Gigwalk team’s commitment to our stakeholders.

Our Founders

Almost three years ago three Yahoo! colleagues got together and hatched Gigwalk.  Ariel, Matt & David wanted to build something lasting and something that touches real people in the real world.   As we grow Gigwalk, we are unwavering in our commitment to those founding principles.

Gigwalk Founders

Gigwalk founders (left to right): Matt Crampton, Ariel Seidman, David Watanabe

Our Customers

We have been lucky to have incredible customers with vision to see how a mobile workforce and mobile technology can accelerate their businesses.  More than ever, we are going ‘all-in’ to ensure our customers’ success – adding features, building new products, investing in customer care, understanding your needs, and taking work quality to the next level.

Our Gigwalkers

We love you.  The talents of the Gigwalk workforce never cease to amaze us.  No matter what customers ask, you all come through again and again.  The team here is truly committed to helping each of you be as successful as possible.

We are just getting started. Don’t be shy; keep coming to us with ideas, suggestions and feedback (Android) – we’re on the job for you.

Cheerios from the whole Gigwalk team.

- Bob Bahramipour, CEO

The Gigwalk Map Has Been Taken Over by Pins

Is there anything better than a map so full of pins you can’t even see the map anymore?

Okay, maybe there is, but forgive us if we’re excited.  

You see, last year Gigwalk signed on a little company called Microsoft to help them with a huge project - taking photos of the insides of businesses for Bing maps

A lot of you made hundreds, even thousands of dollars doing these Gigs, and because of your amazing work. Microsoft has come back, even bigger than before. There will be over 100,000 Gigs in the system, and every state in the US is getting some love.

So, over the next few weeks, if you zoom out the map, it’s going to look like the picture to the right…

Photosynth is a pretty awesome app. It lets you take panoramic photos of anything. However, it does take practice to get used to it and take the kind of photos that Microsoft is looking for.  

There are also several resources available to learn how to use photosynth and get some tips:

Video: Gigwalker Fernando N. was nice enough to share some of his trade secrets in a set of videos (he did hundreds of these Gigs last time so needless to say, he’s a pro) 

FAQs: What do I do if the place is out of business? How do I submit the pictures? These and many more common questions will be answered on our FAQs.  This will be updated as we go along and hear the questions coming in as well!

Facebook: The community is a great source for information! Ask and answer questions with other Gigwalkers.  (A lot of times if you have a question, someone else may have the same one). 

Introducing the Gig Captain Program

                Sign up here to hire your own Gig Captain!

Here at Gigwalk, we are focused on making it fast and easy for businesses to get work done. In addition to the tools available through the web platform, businesses have often requested additional support to create and manage their Gigs. We have listened to our customers, and are excited to announce the solution: The Gig Captain program. 

As usual, Gigwalkers are helping us get the job done. We have certified an exclusive, hand-picked group of Gig Captains from a pool of the most experienced agents in the Gigwalk community. They are now available to hire at a per hour fee by businesses to help in all parts of the Gigwalk process! Here are a few of our Gig Managers:


The Gig Captain Program is simple:

  • Businesses request the support of a Gig Captain
  • Gigwalk will select a match and make an introduction
  • Businesses verify the work and payment terms for the Gig Captain
  • The Gig Captain goes to work

Areas where Gig Captains can help:

  • Posting a Gig
  • Pricing a Gig
  • Providing suggestions for Gig content, descriptions and surveys
  • Responding to questions from Gigwalkers
  • Checking and approving work
  • Organizing Gig results

We are excited for the opportunity for businesses to supercharge their Gigwalk experience and are already seeing great success stories from this program. Click below to participate!

Businesses: Click here to request a Gig Captain

Gigwalkers: Click here to apply to be selected as a Gig Captain

The New Gigwalk Dashboard - All Your Gigs in One Spot

Gigwalk was built to help businesses get work done all over the country, and to help people make some extra money doing that work.  The Gigwalk team has been heads down working on updates that make it easier than ever to connect businesses with their own army of field workers. One of the biggest changes we’ve made so far is the Gigwalk dashboard, which helps people who post Gigs manage them more easily than ever. Check out a tour of the new features below, or Post a Gig to see for yourself!

See all your active, draft, and completed Gigs in one spot

Manage and edit Gigs with several locations through bulk actions

Manage and edit Gig locations, and see your workers and applicants in one spot

See all the messages for your Gigs and reply through the messaging tool

We’ll be keeping the updates coming, and won’t stop until getting work done anywhere is as painless, and pleasant as possible. Check out all the new features for yourself when you Post a Gig 

~The Gigwalk Team

P.S. It always helps to have a little guidance when posting a Gig.  So try posting a Gig with one of the new Field AuditsPhotographySurveys, or Focus Groups templates, and enter the code MOBILEARMY at checkout for a free $15 Gig!