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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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July 09, 2008

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geoff

Signed up as a beta-tester for OneEyeDeer a liitle while ago. It's a user-generated innovation site (my definition, not theirs)

They just sent me an email saying testing is open again.

It's still pretty early on, their email said they're still trying to get the "basic functionality" right

Not sure if it's pure crowdsourcing - no company is making an open call etc., it's more bottom up stuff, but still looks like it may have potential.

the address is www.oneeyedeer.com


Peter Organisciak

Same here with Knewsroom. The announcement of it's founding has been at the very bottom of my usually clean inbox for nearly two months. I had been putting off the act of trying it out, partially discouraged by NowPublic's failures, and I guess my indifference has won out over its existence.

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My big problem with Knewsroom

1. It was WAY confusing of a site. I know first hand (Assignment Zero) how a simple site architecture is priority #1 if asking users for support.

2. I just don't like Kluster: http://kluster.com/
The video in the lower left hand corner explains it all. I can't even link to the video cause the site is built in F'n Flash... I mean REALLY... a FLASH website! That alone is reason to hate a site.

Peter Organisciak

Point #1 is such an important note that can so easily be overlooked. I had no involvement in AZ, but last week (quite coincidentally) an editor that had been stressed to me that exact point: as grand as the concept was, something seemingly arcane like the interface made it so much less effective.

In the Kluster family, I think that NameThis has the most potential in concept, because it's something that can so very much benefit from the crowds. I've never met a person that can name things with ease, be it a blog title, a product name, or a story heading. However, the implementation of NameThis is a bit...lacking. I don't like to criticize simply as an observer (and without offering something better), but the system of payment is odd, and despite Kluster's best attempts, the submissions are too competitive in nature to achieve ideal results. As I said, though, it is at its basis a good idea, and their projects have had strong results.

Walter

We're not really a startup but an Austrian research institute. We launched a crowdsourcing application called "Sentiment Quiz" for Facebook yesterday: http://tinyurl.com/sentiment-quiz

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