Hmm. Maybe there's something to this crowdsourcing thing. We received such a great response to the first solicitation a few nights ago that I thought I would try it again. This time I'm hoping to locate a German-speaking correspondent who will scan the blogosphere and file a report for those of us here at Crowdsourcing.com. Simply put, something's up in Germany. There have been numerous blog posts on the subject of crowdsourcing in the last several days, and I'm dying to know what they're about.
Some of you may be saying, "Hasn't Jeff tried this before?" Okay, that's true. In fact, I received a fair number of respondents to an earlier call for overseas assistance. My mistake was not adequately explaining what I expected from my foreign correspondents. This time I'm going to put the guidelines right in the post.
Step 1: Contact me at Jeffhowe@wiredmag.com and tell me you're able and willing.
Step 2: Go to this page on Technorati.com (a blog search engine). You should find 449 blog mentions of the term crowdsourcing. Don't let the number scare you away.
Step 3: Start reading. Invariably, many of these posts will be splogs or other forms of Internet flotsam. Unless there's substantive content keep moving.
Step 4: Try to ferret out discussion threads. Has a German crowdsourcing company recently launched? Is there an academic study on the subject that people are talking about? An incisive piece in Der Spiegel? Where else are the authors linking? Basically answer the question--what is everyone blogging about.
Step 5: Report back to me. Last month a reader living in Mexico contacted me asking if I wanted a report on crowdsourcing occurrences in the Spanish-speaking world. Two weeks later he filed his report: Nothing, really, was going on. Good enough. This is valuable information in itself, though I have a gut feeling this won't be the case with the German posts.
Step 6: I post your report on crowdsourcing.com.
And that's it. Crowdsourcing.com: We Walk the Talk.