anyway, I got (again) the following email
If you decide to sign up with them, I will get a sweepstakes entry
Dear Current TAP Panelist:
You're all for equality, right? Well so are we. Although women represent 46% of the U.S. workforce, only about 18% of our panelists are women. That's why we are looking to increase the female membership in our panel. In order to accomplish this, we would like you to forward this e-mail to at least one of your female co-workers, colleagues, bosses or girlfriends who you think may have valuable opinions about technology to share and would be interested in participating in our surveys. For every female friend that you refer who joins our panel by the end of October, we will enter your name into a drawing to win a $100 American Express Gift Checks (i.e., get 100 female friends/colleagues to join and get 100 chances to win the $100). Your odds of winning depend upon how many of your female friends/colleagues join the panel and how many referred female panelists we get in total before the end of October.
Note that since we are, of course, all for equality, we're also looking for new male panelists, so for every male friend/colleague you refer who joins our panel by the end of October, we will enter your name into a drawing to win another $100 American Express Gift Check (i.e., get 100 male friends/colleagues to join and get 100 chances to win this drawing). Again, your odds of winning depend upon how many of your male friends/colleagues join the panel and how many referred female panelists we get in total before the end of October.
So that the people you refer don't think you're involving them in a scam, here are some answers to commonly-asked questions about the TAP, along with a link to the registration survey at the end:
Who are you people, anyway? In-Stat (a division of Reed Business Information) is a leading provider of technology market research and consulting.
What's a "Technology Adoption Panel"? The "TAP" is a dynamic, online panel of more than 17,000 technology users and decision makers interested in contributing their opinions and insights about technology usage and issues in the workplace and at home.
I often experience technical difficulties while operating my telephone and other common technologies. Are you sure you want me to join your panel? Yes! The fact that you operate common technologies makes you a technology user. We want to hear about your personal experiences with the technologies that you have used.
I'm a very, very busy person. What will you expect of me if I join the panel? As a member you'll be sent periodic email invitations to participate in quick (as in 5-minutes-or-less quick) online surveys. You will never be invited to take more than one survey a week, and you are under no obligation to take any of the surveys (although we would love to include your experiences, perceptions, and opinions in as many of our research efforts in which you're willing to participate.)
Let's cut to the chase - what do I get out of this deal? In addition to helping to shape trends and identify issues regarding the role of new technology in business and personal life today and in the future, you'll have access to the executive summaries of all of our surveys. You'll also be entered into a drawing for a $100 American Express Gift Check after each survey for which you qualify and will also be entered into our quarterly drawings for $2000.
Will you be selling my survey responses to my neighbors, co-workers and psychiatrists? To ensure information provided by members is kept completely confidential, all data we collect is reported in aggregate. We do not sell or rent the personal information of our panelists, nor will we ever try to sell our members anything.
You had me at hello - how do I sign up? Simply click on the following link (or past it into your Internet browser) and take the registration survey (which should take you around 5 minutes to complete). If you become a member by the end of this month, we will automatically enter you into our next quarterly drawing of $2000 (held on or about December 31, 2007.)
Thank you again, and good luck in the drawing.
Primary Research Project Manager
225 Wyman Street
Waltham, MA 02451