Kibin is an online community that provides proofreading and editing services. The application is an affordable alternative to hiring someone. All the editing and proofreading is done by real people who are members of the Kibin community. Users opt to offer their services to help others improve. The user earns credit by editing and proofreading. Users are not required to edit or proofread, however they must purchase credit if they opt out of offering this free service to other users. Credits can be used to purchase editing and proofreading services. The application also notes the speed of its service, because it employs a complicated algorithm that determines the priority of documents as they are uploaded. The site analyzes user activity to determine just how long it will take to complete each document and where the document should fall in the priority chain.
Kibin was founded in September of 2010 by CEO Travis Biziorek and CTO Jim Nguyen. The website was intended to make it easier and more affordable for users to obtain editing and proofreading services. Of course this is not completely free, because the user must either offer the same services or pay for the opportunity. The site was met with some skepticism by individuals who were concerned about content theft. Kibin has not officially addressed plagiarism concerns, so it is most likely safe to say that users should proceed with caution when requesting edits or proofreading on valuable content.
Kibin provides an easy, fast and economical way to obtain proofreading and editing services. There are many benefits to using Kibin, especially for anyone on a tight budget such as a college student who would like a paper proofread. Although the site cannot replace a professional proofreader for more involved projects, it does offer a way to get a second set of eyes to review a document without forking out a lot of cash.
The Kibin website favors various shades of blue, which give it a very calm, relaxed feel. The neat layout and design remains clutter free and has a professional touch to it. Newcomers can easily feel their way around and learn more about the services offered. The site contains plenty of open space and seems to stick with the bare minimum in terms of content and information.
A new user can join the Kibin community by clicking the blue “Sign Up” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. A blue and white “Sign Up or Login” button is also available for users who prefer to register with a Facebook account. Those who go the traditional route are asked to provide a first and last name, email address and password. The user is also asked to specify who they are using the drop down box provided. Options include teacher, high school or college student, working professional or other. Users can also click the small white check box at the bottom of the form to begin receiving Kibin news updates.
Creating a Kibin account is free. The user is given two options when deciding how to pay. The first is to offer free editing and proofreading services to earn credits. The credits are used to pay for any proofreading requests the user makes. The second option is to skip offering free service and to simply pay for the help of another Kibin user. The rates start at around once cent per word and go up based on how quickly the user needs their document proofread or edited.
Kibin.com is an excellent resource for anyone who needs a quick proofread on a budget. The service seems geared more towards educators and students who might not have a lot of cash to pay a professional editor.