I have 58 Connects left. I might have used them if it didn't take so much time to find the best jobs and quality clients. The freelance "My Job List" and freelancer search for job features are practically useless; takes too much time to search for jobs.
Also, too many jobs where clients don't even conduct interviews or hire anyone at all. There appears to be an increase of SCAM alerts on the Internet addressing the recent changes....
Hmmm... I have 28 left. I don't know what's going on but hardly anyone is conducting interviews, 90% of the jobs I've applied for have had zero activity.
It's not always possible to find a client with a decent history or verified payment, the nature of 3D work (in my limited experience) on oDesk seems to be newbies reaching out.
There has definitely been a large spike in dead end enquiries though... I think the sensible thing to do would be to save them until later in the month when others may have spent them all?
It's a shame, there have been some really interesting opportunities