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Netizens hooked to cash bounty games.

TREASURE hunting on the homegrown social networking site Worldfloat is becoming an addiction among the youth, who are apparently spending hours clicking to win cash prizes every day.

The ' small' entry fee of ` 100 and generous prizes raise a Ponzi- scheme like fraud possibility, but nothing's going to keep these netizens away.

The website, www. worldfloat.

com , offers its users several attractive features such as movies, news and travel videos, but the college- going youth and job starters are hooked on to it mainly because of its daily and hourly jackpots.

The popularity of the website can be gauged from the fact that it is on the verge of touching the user base of 20 million just over a year after its launch in June 2012. About 80 per cent its users are Indians.

Treasure hunt

" Worldfloat has a treasure hunt game running where our users can make ` 1,000 every 24 hours without putting in any money; this is called the daily jackpot," the website's founder, Pushkar Mahatta, said.

" Another recent innovation of the treasure hunt game is where everyday users can play hourly jackpot. In the hourly jackpot, one has to buy ` 100 ticket from Worldfloat for a day in advance like a movie ticket and then one gets to play three sessions of treasure hunt, and the winner with maximum clicks wins ` 2,000," he added.

This website is an example of how a social networking site clubbed with jackpots can cause addiction.

Sanjeev Srivastava from Mumbai seems to play the game for keeping his name ahead of others. He has the maximum number of hits on the website at 4,20,000, while another player, Zia Hasan, has 1,42,000 hits. Similarly, Rajesh Yadav, who won a daily jackpot on Sunday, was playing hourly jackpot without a break since Sunday for ` 6,000.

By buying a ` 100 hourly jackpot ticket from Worldfloat and playing treasure hunt ( a multiplayer competition game), one can target ` 6,000 in nine hours.

" We are three friends in office and work in shifts. We play the hourly jackpot every day. We divide our duties as per the jackpot timings. One of us keeps on clicking.

We have won ` 6,000 twice in two months. We divide it among ourselves," said Suraj Thakur working in a call centre in Gurgaon.

Daljeet Sandhu, a Delhi University student, recently joined the website and it has become his favourite past time.

" It is fun being on the website.

I get to know new friends and try to make good money. I have not been able to win so far, I hope I will win," he said.

New strategy Mahatta is aware of this growing addiction. " For the jackpot games, it seems people don't sleep and get hooked on the Internet for making money. We get numerous calls from people who are anxious about their hits and want to know when will they get the money." The website also has a contest tube where one can upload videos for ` 100 to showcase their talents like American Idol. The one who gets the most likes from other worldfloat users in a month wins a prize of ` 10,000.

Youngsters are spending hours clicking on the social networking site to earn money every day

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Date:Aug 12, 2013
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