Can one become a tech entrepreneur without knowing how to write code? Linda Ikeji has perhaps just given the perfect answer to this question. The buzz about “LIS” has been on for a while now but how will I know? – I happen to avoid Linda Ikeji’s blog like a plague.
Linda Ikeji launched her very own social Networking platform yesterday and she’s calling it Linda Ikeji Social. LIS isn’t just another Nairaland or Naijapals, it is a platform much like Facebook, Path, and Twitter but with an advantage of direct wealth creation through a few mechanisms. According to Linda Ikeji, she is sharing some of her money with users.
Anyhoo, after a lot of hesitation, I decided to sign up. Mostly for the sake of a review if I’m going to be honest. The platform seems to run really well before you sign up. But just after you get in, everything becomes so unappealing, tasteless and if I may say “rushed”. I wouldn’t be too critical of LIS yet though, the money-making part of it is what will bring people on board, 100% sure about that.
So let’s get into a few things we’ve learned so far
Your homepage displays the menu tab on the extreme left, and moving right, you have the main section subdivided into News and Activities.
If you notice clearly, the News section takes its feed directly from the Linda Ikeji blog which made me realize what her plan probably is – to slowly shift her fan base to this new platform and kill off the blog.
Just after that is something of a shopping section which I really don’t understand yet. Who sells these items? Linda? Konga? Jumia? DealDey? If these are from users to other users, who is to tell the authenticity of these products? Or is this OLX Social?
How do you make money off this?
If you have the patience, watch Linda explain all there is in this 10-minute-long video.
If you don’t, here is the gist… If you have exclusive stories with attachments, you can submit them and get paid 1,000 for every successful entry. According to Aunty Linda, you can make as much as 10,000 every day if you desire – I Don’t suppose it’s that easy though.
If you manage to get up to 50,000 users following your page, you get an ad slot for page which will entitle you to 20% of whatever the ad placer pays – Who’s to know exactly how much though? If you get 100,000 followers, you get 2 ad slots.
So what do we make of LIS?
Is it just blue facebook?
I wanted to feel more at home in the Linda Ikeji app. pic.twitter.com/PGVYDmWiNL— mogwai. (@TheVunderkind) November 1, 2016
A simple Photoshop trick says YES.
Some think it is “revolutionary”
For her ability to MONETIZE your experiences/stories and the TIME Nigerians spend online, let's commend Linda Ikeji for a new wave of social— Juliet 'Kego (@julietkego) November 1, 2016
Wait till they start charging money for verification badges
Already have 16 followers on Linda Ikeji Social— Mark Essien (@markessien) November 1, 2016
While this seems like a perfectly great idea, have start-ups gone past the age of starting slowly before incorporating more complex ideas like wallet management, direct social network shopping, etc? You never know. This looks like a lot to manage but if anyone can do it, Linda can… She perhaps still runs her blog under-staffed after all.