Tsu – Reminds Me of Twitter but is it a Real Social Network?

Tsu – Is it a Real or a Fake Social Network?

TsuYou must have heard the buzz around Tsu by now – it is one of the latest social networks to come on the market recently. You cannot join without an invite and when you do you then become part of someone else’s family tree. If you have followed me for a while here you know I love social networks and had to just test this new one out.

At first it reminded me of Twitter, The ease of use for me was extremely easy and it felt a lot like Twitter. You can see from the image how much it even LOOKS like Twitter. That was until I noticed the $ sign in the upper right hand corner of Tsu. This social network shares it’s revenues with its users. But what must you do to earn revenue via this new social network Tsu?

Making Money Using Tsu

Making money sounds good right? But is it real I wondered? I delved into reading what some other early adapters of this social network wrote and found both good and bad. Some loved the site and others called it a scam.  I found Wade Harman’s Guide on Tsu quite helpful and fair. You can also check out Amanda Bain’s take on Tsu being a scam before you decide whether to join or not.

I had to find out for myself. I kept on getting invites on both Twitter and Facebook to join. I finally accepted someone who sent me a DM on Facebook – a blogger I have followed for years. Besides I thought, It would give me something to post on and share with you, right?

So how do you make money via Tsu? According to Tsu “tsū shares social revenues that come from third party ads, sponsorships and partnerships. Once economics are created, tsū receives 10% to maintain the platform. Half of the remaining earned revenue is paid to the user who created the content. The other half of the remaining earned revenue is distributed to the user’s network Family Tree. Users on tsū monetize their content and network in perpetuity, which continues to grow alongside the community.”

They claim 90% of their revenues are now being shared.  So it’s based on getting others to join the site and become part of your family tree, for content you create, share and engage with.

Redeeming Your Tsu Earnings

Tsu makes you have to wait until you have $100 in earnings to cash out. Just hit the redeem button on the upper right hand corner and fill out some verifications. They then send out actual checks to their users.  You may then transfer funds from your bank to other Tsu users, friends or charities. There is a button on users profile for you to share your earnings with others if you so desire to.

friends or followers on TsuFriends or Followers on Tsu – What’s the Difference?

Followers and friends on social networks work differently on different networks. On Tsu followers can see your public posts and friends can see all your posts. So only be “friends” with those you really know – that part of Tsu reminds me of Facebook. But remember Tsu does not have “private” or “restricted” options like Facebook offers. At the moment you cannot block anyone on Tsu but they are working on rolling out that feature soon, so stay tuned!

Do you post to friends or public on Facebook? I know many people still don’t understand the differences when it comes to this. When you post public – anyone can see your posts without being your friend. When you post to friends only your friends will see your posts.

This is an important distinction if anyone is looking you up via Google, etc because if you post public – anyone could see your posts including a future employer. Just a little tip to remember for some newbie’s and others who may not have noticed before!


What Are Family Trees on Tsu?

Users of Tsu have family trees. Everytime someone joins via your invite they become part of your family tree. They are considered your children. New children are the latest members you invited to join Tsu. Friends in your family tree may or may not have come via your invite but became friends with you on this new social network. Your network on Tsu is the overall members that stem from your invites to their network. (If your children invite others those new members become your grandchildren).  Half of a users revenue is generated via the family tree.

What Do I Like About Tsu?

  • Customer Service – I had a question when I first signed up. I used a wrong email address. I misspelled gmail. They  got right back to me and fixed it within 24 hours. Customer service is important when you have questions and/or issues.
  • It feels like Twitter! Of  course I would like that but why do both? I’m experimenting and wanted to learn more about Tsu. What better way than to join?

If you would like to join Tsu here is my invite code:  


SO what do you think of the new social network Tsu?

What else have you heard about it?  Have you or will you join?

Friends or Followers image courtesy of kibsri at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Social Media, Blogging, and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 30+ years of experience in marketing/advertising with 10 years of experience in content marketing, social media, blogging, and SEO. Check out her latest eBook "How to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter" now on Amazon.

  • I’m one of those obstinate folks who hasn’t joined Tsu and probably won’t for a very long time. I’m just so tired of every Tom Dick & Harry sending me a link inviting me to join, and almost everywhere I am online. Frankly, I don’t want to work that hard, even though you said you found it easy. It’s hard enough to keep up with the few things I do without adding something new to the mix.

    Also, truthfully, as the thing gets saturated there’s going to be less that each person can make at some point. If we were talking at least $100 a month then maybe it’s a bit more worthwhile but I can’t see most people getting anywhere close to that if they weren’t an early adopter. Not that I’m that much of a skeptic but there have been other things like, dare I say, Success University, where those who weren’t in on the beginning found they couldn’t make anything once they started recruiting folks to join under their link.

    I could be wrong but hey, since I’m shooting for that $10 million in the bank and I can’t see getting anywhere close with Tsu, I’ll take my chances. 🙂

    • Hi Mitch, you are with many others too Mitch on this one. I just had to find out more about this social network site Tsu. I know how you feel adding one more, I just got my Ello invite and haven’t joined yet but will to see what that one is all about too. I can then decide which I may spend some time on. It’s not a quick rich type thing with just a few cents per day. I would not have joined it for the money. I like how you shoot for the moon Mitch 🙂 I hope you have a great day and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Lisa thank you for throwing more light on this social network. For me though Tsu isn’t in my immediate plans.

    With the number of social network, one will stretch his or herself thin-due to limited time.

    As Ryan said you can be reach from this network if your target is to earn money as the money is just too small. But I think relationship wise it a good platform

  • Hey Lisa
    Yet another interesting take on the new Tsu platform. One day I might just get on there, or Ello, which I have an invite for but not the time to check out.
    Tsu certainly seems like it has all the right stuff, has addressed some of the weaknesses of other platforms, but only time will tell if the idea and the money thing work out for them. It certainly could have negative effects.
    Thanks for sharing

    • Hi Ashley, thank for coming by. I’m awaiting to get on Ello too. I received an email for them and it sounds like they got overloaded! I will stay on Tsu to see how it all works out, I’ve seen them mention making changes along the way and they do have excellent customer service. That may count for something, right? Have a great week Ashley!

  • Hi Lisa,

    I haven’t hopped on board yet. I’m on a social media fast. 1 day a week, for like 20 minutes. I’m so big on blogging, commenting and writing for clients – and promoting my eBooks – that I let something go and that was social.

    I like your take on Tsu. From your post and comments you clearly state it’s not a get rich quick thing. Detach from making money. Build bonds and share value. If you’re getting paid or not to do social this create and share bit works like a charm.

    The one thing that some folks on Tsu won’t get is that trying to make money from the network is the worst way to do things, reputation-wise. Money doesn’t send you money. People send you money, so focus on people to reap the greatest near and long term rewards through the network.

    I do vibe with the twitter feel though as twitter is my fave network.


    • Hi Ryan, Good for you! I’d love to hear more about that in the coming weeks – if it is working well for you or not. I’m trying to get more back into commenting this week. It’s always a little struggle for me at times. We need to find that secret recipe, time spent where and how. I agree, it should NOT be all about the money, not that money is bad but shouldn’t be the end in mind. I agree with you on Twitter, still my alltime fav! Have a great rest of the week there Ryan….

  • Hi Lisa,

    Currently, I’ve never loved a concept better than doing what you enjoy – and getting paid in the process. It makes the whole process of making money easier and less stressful…This is the primary reason I quit my 9 – 5 and jumped online.

    Unfortunately, the code you have shared indicates at my end that “USER DOES NOT EXIST”. Could you kindly check it out? I’ll love to get on board.

    Do make the day great!


    • Hi Akaahan, That is a great concept indeed. I’m not sure though it may take months to make that first $100. I thought I had that fixed, thanks for letting me know and I will see why it’s not working. Appreciate that. Hae a great new week ahead there.

  • Hi, Lisa,

    I first heard about this from Ana Hoffman on Google Plus, but have not joined yet. I appreciate the information. So many people jumping on the band wagon, still up in the air as to whether I’ll join or not.

    My curiosity will probably get the better of me, and I’ll end up joining. 🙂

    Thanks for bringing TSU to light, Lisa, I appreciate it.

    Have a great weekend.
    – Carol

    • Hi Carol, yes it’s been out for a little while and I kept on getting invites and had to check it out finally. I really liked how it seemed like Twitter to me. I’m not connecting with everyone on there but want to stay on to see how it all evolves. Thanks for coming by, taking the time to comment and I hope you have a great new week Carol!

  • Hi Adrienne, I have a feeling you won’t be with your new product coming out soon. Oh yes, I got so many invites and finally decided to check it out to see what the fuss is all about and if it’s real or fake. I agree, it will take a long time to cash out that first $100. I hope to hear from someone who is close to it though.
    It’s fun and it so reminds me of Twitter. I’m not spending a lot of time there though either. Enough to learn what it is all about and connect with a few I know there.
    Thanks and I’m finally feeling better – good luck in the coming days with that new product Adrienne, so exciting!!!

  • Hey Lisa,

    I haven’t joined this platform and not sure if I will. I’ve heard from several people and of course the enticement to join this is so you get paid for sharing content. Most people so far said to not hold your breath. It’s like Adsense in a way but less. Now if you just love social networks then probably yeah, you have fun and eventually might get your $100 in a couple years! LOL!!!

    Right now I just don’t have time to devote to even checking it out as you know so I’ll have to worry about that later. Hope you’re enjoying it and having fun, that’s what counts right! Plus you get to share with us what it’s all about so we can learn first hand before we dive in. So thank you for that.

    Enjoy your day and hope you’re having a good week.


  • Hi Lisa

    Tsu has become the talk of the town and especially younger lot is grabbing this opportunity to exploit its money making offer.

    You have reviewed it with a balanced approach and equally pointed a post that raised reservations on its credibility.

    It is easy to understand why blogging communities offer money and this is you know quite new trend. They actually mean to increase members interaction which ultimately increases the impression. We all very well know that most of the advertisers do consider how many impressions a blog has to place their ads on it. This is so simple and you well explained this point.

    Thanks for the great share.

    • Hi Mi – I hadn’t notice the age demographic on it yet, thanks for that input. Yes, you are right too that many of the newer communities are offering money – not sure if Google will catch on to that one – I bet they will in time and may punish them – maybe? Interesting how new networking and blogging sites are starting out and the way they are trying to get more people involved in them. Thanks for coming by Mi and have a great rest of the week there!

  • Hi Lisa,

    I really liked your post and it helped me understand a little bit better this new social media platform. I received an invite from our mutual friend Brenda Lee and I finally decided to join. I figured if Bren joined Tsu, it shouldn’t be that bad!

    So far, I agree with you that it has some similarities with both Twitter and Facebook. One thing that wasn’t very clear was the way to earn money and about the family trees, but your explanation really clarified these questions. I don’t know yet if I will use it a lot. Will see. I sent a couple of friend requests and I’ll wait if it catches on.

    Thanks so much for a very informative post, I will surely share it! Have a great week! 🙂

    • Thank you Nataly and welcome to Inspire to Thrive! Oh yes, everyone seems confused about those family trees and how to actually make money on Tsu. I don’t think it will be a fast money maker by any means but I joined to learn what the fuss is all about and how it actually works. You are welcome and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week Nataly.

  • Hi Lisa,

    This is a fantastic lesson, review and article post on Tsu. I love that you shared both the good and the bad versus trying to sell it so to speak. I am with you, I love Tsu because I am able to use it to promote my two websites. What I have really come to love is that I joined early right when it was the BUZZ and as I began meeting people in my niche I realized I had not come across them in other sites. Maybe because some of my others sites fan base had grown so large, not sure! Anyway, I have connected with some awesome people…even a celeb or two. : )

    The bad side I would say is right now there is stupid, stupid spammers everywhere. Tsu is now banning these peeps and making it more difficult for them to smother us. The $100 dollar pay out seems a bit high since this revenue pay back is not intended to get people rich. It’s a pay back for using the site. The posts you see out there where people are saying they are making a hundred a day are scams. Most of us are making silver change or maybe a dollar or two a day right now. My thought on this is we dont get that on other sites, right?

    Plus, I am now finding people I adore on there as well, like you, Cori, Bren and Debbie. Is Adrienne there yet? I haven’t found her. I hope to see Harleena there soon. She is in my niche and Tsu is through the roof with inspirational and motivational speakers, along with heatlh and wellness. : ) Yeah.

    Good to stop by again. I missed you.


    • Thank you Irish, I do not like to be the “pushy” salesy type though I’m a salesperson by day (I believe sales is actually helping people make decisions and the best decisions).
      I like when that happens – meeting others in your niche that you might not have met along the way.
      Oh yes, heard about those spammers, they are everywhere though – still on Twitter. I see Tsu is banning folks though and coming up with new rules, etc. I think they may stay on top of it, we hope, right?
      I agree, $100 is way too high, some may lose interest because of that. $25 would be more reasonable. Maybe they will hear it enough and change it. I have not seen Adrienne on it and not sure it is something she would join. I think her new product launch is next week and she will be very busy with that I’m sure. Harleena made a comment earlier but I don’t think she will either at this point. I could be wrong 🙂
      Thanks for coming by Irish and for sharing your insights with us here too. Have a great rest of the week and see you back on Tsu….

  • Hey Lisa!

    Great to finally see your post! I joined TSU and think it feels a lot like G+ to me. I don’t know how much I’ll use it as I’m not out to earn money and don’t have a lot of time to spend on it. I do look forward to your other comments as well as a follow-up post from you on how you’re making out with it.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Hi Bren, I needed the spare day today to finally catch up here. Funny G+ to you, Facebook to Corina and Twitter to me. Me neither but I wanted to test it out and play around a bit to get to know the site and understand some of what it’s all about. I must say though their customer service was great. You don’t always see that from a social network. I’m curious why Corina only got 1 cent so far though. It will be interesting in the next couple of weeks for sure! Thanks for coming by Bren and I hope you are enjoying your day off!

  • Hi Lisa,

    I haven’t joined Tsu. Maybe I’m kinda moron 🙄 but I didn’t understand how it works and how the money is generated. In the first instance I assumed that they share the money from advertising. I was wrong… You’re saying, “Half of the remaining earned revenue is paid to the user who created the content.”

    So I create some content and someone pays Tsu for it? Who pays Tsu for my content? Why does that person/company pays Tsu? (People have a reason for paying for something) How much I am paid for a piece of content? What is actually that “piece of content”?

    A few minutes ago, I’ve said to myself, “Well, maybe Lisa didn’t detail it because it’s on Tsu site”. I didn’t find it there. Maybe I’ve scanned the site too quickly and I wasn’t supposed to check How it Works :mrgreen: Honestly… I don’t like to jump on something blindly. When I see a site that doesn’t include any info other than generic phrases… I ran away quickly. Even if tons of people scream everywhere, Join Tsu, Join Tsu.

    Anyway, you may want to know that your affiliate link doesn’t work. I got, “User does not exist” 😉

    • Hi Adrian, thinking back when I first used to see your comments I’d cringe – LOL. Now I like how you bring up some excellent points and point some things out that others don’t. To answer your question – I like how they show it in an image – I shared it with you on Twitter http://twitter.com/Lisapatb/status/532240557662539776 The user who shares the content gets half of the revenues, TSU gets $10 of the $100, David the first user $45 and then the rest get 33%, 11% and then 3.33%. I hope that helps though I want to know how Corina only earned 1 cent in her comment prior to yours. I jumped on to explore the site and get to know what it’s all about. Besides it gave me something more to write about and have discussions about for others to make their decision going forward. I fixed the link – the https should have been http for those not on the network, you think they would have figured that one out by now right? Thanks again Adrian for your insights and taking time to come by and comment.

      • Hi Lisa,

        Sorry, I still didn’t understand. I didn’t ask you how the revenue is shared. I already understood it from your article.

        The money doesn’t come from thin air, does it? What I’m asking is, how is the money generated? Who is paying Tsu and for what product/service is that person/company paying?

        I’m quoting you again, “Half of the remaining earned revenue is paid to the user who created the content.” It suggests that the payment received by Tsu from the buyer (what’s the buyer buying?) is related to the content I created. For example, I create a piece of content, someone pays Tsu for MY content (why?), and then half of the remaining revenue is paid to me. Did I understand it correctly?

        I’m really confused… There’s somethin’ missing from this puzzle…

        • OK, I’ve read more. Their pic that you’ve sent via Twitter says, “ad revenue”, so it suggests that they sell advertising after all.

          But then I also discovered their FAQ. They say, “you get paid for your content”. This is congruent with what you mentioned in the article (the phrase I quoted twice in my previous comments). But I’m getting confused again. Does anyone buy my content? I’m not selling it 🙂 Or maybe they actually want to say that I get paid in order to let Tsu display my content on their network. That’s slightly different.

          I’ve checked also the 2 articles that you mentioned. Wade’s guide wasn’t helpful at all. Amanda’s article was helpful indeed. It made me understood that I’m not the only moron 🙄 who doesn’t understand their model.

          Their model is like other ad networks models: there’s no model and no way to control whether they cheat on you or not. You get paid 50% or 33%, or 11% applied to an amount you never know or control.

          Let me clarify the last para: If you promote my solo ad ebook, you get paid 50% applied to $27 for each ebook sold via your aff link. Clear, right? If you join Tsu, you get paid 50% applied to an unknown amount. See the difference? 😉


          P.S. Don’t get fooled by the 100 bucks. That’s an example and also the threshold for asking the payment. Isn’t the actual amount the percentages are applied to. The percentages may be applied to 0, $1, etc. You’ll never know them. You’ll see only the final result (as that 1 cent seen by Corina)

          • Sorry for the multiple comments. This will be the last one. Unless someone asks me something.

            My conclusions:

            1) Your article isn’t clear because it cannot be clear as long Tsu made public only half of their model (the percentages part).

            2) I’m not claiming in any way that Tsu is a scam.

            Finally, the most important thing… I hope that as many people as possible read (for their sake not mine) and understand this point:

            3) The fact that money can be made using a program or another means nothing. Time is limited and there are tons of ways to make money. You have to select your path carefully. If a model is only half public, then you cannot make a business plan. You can only gamble, spend your time and see what you get.

          • Hi Adrian, oh yes they do promote that we can buy ads on their network…I believe by letting them display your content is more correct.LOL – you a moron? I don’t think so. Yes, there is a difference and I believe that’s why Corina sees the 1 cent vs the $100. And she would have to wait years for the $100 if it holds true. Thanks for more of your insights Adrian.

        • Hi Adrian – I believe the money comes from their advertisers. They have a pay here for users to advertise on the network too, it’s like paying yourself – sort of right? I will see what else I can find on your missing puzzle Adrian.

  • Hi Lisa,

    I have joined Tsu and already earned one cent :). I know it’s nothing really but getting paid just for sharing and engaging…that’s awesome.

    I found it easy to set up too and at first it reminded me of Facebook but as I was playing with it more it does have a Twittery find of feel to it.

    I got a lot of request from people I don’t know. I’m slowly growing my tree to be sure I don’t follow or befriend a spammer. I noticed the clean up too. There was a friend request and when I clicked to check out their profile the user no longer existed so yes, they are doing a bang up job keeping it clean. I wonder if it’ll stay that way as it continues to grow.

    Great review Lisa! Thanks for putting it together. Have a great Tuesday and I will see you in the socialverse.

    • Hi Corina, LOL – that is too funny and really made me laugh. How long did it take to make the 1 cent? I agree, I’m not anxious to grow followers or friends on this network. I hope you are right that they do keep it clean. How long have you been on this network Corina? Thanks for coming by and sharing your experiences with Tsu with us here as well. You are welcome.

  • Hi Lisa,

    Oh yes…Tsu seems to be all over the place and my social networks are full of messages from people wanting me to join their tree 🙂

    I haven’t yet gone ahead with it, just thought whether it would really be worth it, with the limited time we have in hand. Yes, a lot of blogs have written about it and I read a few, so still debating if I should or not. It seems lucrative, but earning that payout isn’t easy, the first $100 you make!

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Hi Harleena, yes me too – I finally gave in to see what it’s all about. Time is surely of the essence these days. I agree, $100 is a high amount to wait and wait for a payment. And it’s an actual check – no paypal. That doesn’t make it easy. It was interesting to see how they are already looking to make changes and updates as well as how quick their customer service was. Some very good with not all so good. Thanks for coming by Harleena, have a wonderful day and rest of the week ahead.

  • Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for throwing more lights on this new platform

    I read about it on Catherine’s blog and jumped on board. I haven’t had time yet to experiment the platform.

    Whether this is scam or not, time shall tell. I’ll read Amanda’s post to find out what she thinks about it 😉

    Hope you are having a great week

    • Hi Enstine, nice to see you here today. I think the best way is to test it out to see. I like how easy it is to use, but know it won’t be a get rich quick type of think – nothing is. It’s all about the time we put into things. I wanted to test it out and share some different things to users about it. Thanks for coming by and taking the time to comment Enstine, have a great day!

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