That’s the idea behind mPoints. I discovered them when I downloaded the updated version of the Weather Channel app. I’d never heard of them before, but I’m always willing to try out something that can get me free Amazon credit.
What are they and how do you get them? Basically, you get mPoints when you use an app. For example, in the Weather Channel app, you can get points by
- opening the app
- launching it through the widget
- watching videos
- viewing various map overlays
And more. Some of the activities are definitely things you’d do every day (like launching the app). Some you might have to make a point of doing (like watching videos,) but they aren’t difficult and won’t take up too much time.
Most activities get you between 5 and 25 points, and the least expensive reward (a $1 Amazon gift card) costs 2,000 points, so you’ll not be getting rich using mPoints. I’ve been using the Weather Channel app for about three weeks, and I just started using the Dictionary.com app last week. Yesterday, I finally accumulated enough points to order my first $1 gift card. According the app, I should have it by Wednesday.
To keep you interested, the apps have various daily challenges for bonus points. They also introduce you to point-earning features you might not have tried yet. A curious feature is “leveling up.” Complete 10 accomplishments (point earning activities), and you’ll level up, which in both of my apps gets me a bonus 15 points. According to the mPoint FAQ, some apps give you different rewards for leveling up.
For what it’s worth, I’m currently Level 8 in Weather and Level 9 in Dictionary (it’s easier to get points in Dictionary). As a long-time Dungeons and Dragons player, leveling up gives me an odd sense of accomplishment, even if the reward is minimal.
And yes, you can totally game the system. For example, a point-earning activity in Dictionary.com is sharing a word. You can share via Facebook, Twitter or email, and there’s nothing stopping you from sharing it with yourself.
I have found the feature to be a bit buggy in both apps. For example, while I was writing this post, I was “watching” a video in the Weather Channel app. When I went to claim my reward, the app locked and said I didn’t have an Internet connection. My tablet was accessing the Internet with no problem, so my guess is it’s a problem on the mPoint server.
However, other than a few hiccups here and there, I’ve found earning points to be fun, and now, rewarding.
You can find a complete list of mPoint-enabled apps here.
Anyone else use earning points and want to share tips and tricks?