About Me

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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April 27, 2008


Monica Hamburg

Just a quick technical note: re “number has passed 3 million” – I’d go with “surpassed”.

As for content, I am glad you mentioned the importance of fans. The relationships that talent are able to forge with their fans are indeed invaluable. A fan who feels that he is an essential component of a band’s success is more motivated to truly champion a favourite group/artist.

With social media, the fans have become an integral part of the process, involved in funding (e.g. Sellaband ) – as well as organically participating in marketing/promotion (they are logically a “viral host” naturally passing on music they enjoy to their friends and networks). They may even play a part in where the band’s play locations (I’m not sure what (if anything) is currently happening with ALiveCrowd - - but that is an excellent use of the fan base as well).

The record label structure, rather than uniting the musician with their fan base, became a type of beefy bodyguard, keeping the two entities from any real contact. Now bands are able to show their gratitude and respect for the people who are sincerely involved in their success, and the fans are feeling a legitimate part of the process.

(You are likely aware of Kevin Kelly’s excellent piece 1,000 True fans (though some of your reader’s might not be), which makes the claim that a musician need only have 1000 true fans to make their career feasible:

- Monica


What a great read Jeff. The content could only have been realized through personal experience or research that leaves me with an image of you, spade in hand, digging a well that spans a city block and is so deep that the light doesn’t reach to the bottom! Or are there some tricks I do not know about?

Cognitive surplus or the physics of participation:
Here is an interesting thought or two from Clay Shirky. It makes a lot of sense to me in light of thoughts I have been wrestling with regarding the CS phenomena. In particular what are some of the possible root causes or impulses that have contributed to CS,ing.


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