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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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December 01, 2008



Very nice overview, thanks. Was looking for something like this.

Kyle Stone

I might fall under the category of an "editor-skeptic", but I actually disagree with your characterization of the coverage during the initial hours of the attack.

I didn't see any valiant citizen-journalists depicting what was happening in Mumbai via Twitter / Flickr, and reacting in a meaningful way - and I followed what happened quite closely.

I did witness a lot of "self-employed CEO's" use the attacks as a means of spiking traffic to blogs, twitter feeds, websites, etc. The fact that your article contains a tweetip chart is interesting, when interpreted in this fashion. Are we really covering these events, or are we congratulating ourselves for covering them?

Jeff P Howe

@Kyle: Well, I think to say there were *no* valiant CJs out there in the early hours is demonstrably wrong, though I appreciate your skepticism. Most famously, a resident named Vinu posted some of the first images from the attacks (, and the Mumbai Metroblog did a lot of early coverage. But your larger point is well taken, and perhaps I'm guilty of the very wrong-headed self-congratulation in equating quantity with quality.


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