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Crowdsourcing: A Definition

  • I like to use two definitions for crowdsourcing:

    The White Paper Version: Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call.

    The Soundbyte Version: The application of Open Source principles to fields outside of software.

The Rise of Crowdsourcing

  • Read the original article about crowdsourcing, published in the June, 2006 issue of Wired Magazine.
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August 11, 2006

Comments

A friend

Wow, I think you blew it - totally missed an opportunity. Here you are, coining a term, getting published in Wired... it's the next "hot" thing...

So you wait weeks before blog entries.

You need to be making a DAILY entry, and milk this thing! See techcrunch.com

Jeff Howe

Blew it? Dunno. Maybe. Depends on the yardstick. I'm congenitally suspicious of next-hot-things, a product of covering tech through the last boom-and-bust cycle. I started the blog as more of a lark than any premediated attempt to milk the interest surrounding the article. I'm happy to have the occasional forum for my thoughts. The phenomenon of crowdsourcing existed before I attached a term to it, and the longevity of the term will be determined by the crowd. If it proves useful, I'm happy to have been of some (limited) service. That said, I do consider myself remiss for letting weeks, plural, lapse between posts. My present ambition is to post at least weekly. Thanks for the nudge, at any rate.

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