Crowdsourcing is defined on Wikipedia as
a neologistic compound of “crowd” and “outsourcing” for the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor to a large group of people or community (a crowd), through an open call.
Recently, I’ve been addicted to things that implement the use of crowdsourced material. It seems to work for just about anything. Though, I have to say that with anything that is crowdsourced, structure and continuity is seemingly thrown out the window.
Crowdsourse project come in two flavors which I’ll call inclusive and exclusive. I think between Web 1.0 and 2.0, the sort of secretive nature of the Internet leaned more to the exclusive side. “We Feel Fine” is a perfect example of a site that powerfully discovers peoples’ secrets without their absolute consent.
But alternatively, I personally feel the tides changing. Thanks to social networking, everyone now wants to be in the know and thereby wants to play more active rolls. The old proverb
Too many cooks, ruins the soup
is a concept that has grown old and tired. Embracing the chaos of letting everyone participate results in strange, but also wonderful results. Take for example my favorite card game, 1000 Blank White Cards.
The same concept applies to this whimsical online game called Playpen. It’s based on wiki technology, which I think is brilliant.
Also see the Best Of PlayPen blog.
The project that really put me over the top to create my own crowdsource magic was Star Wars: Uncut!
Seeing so much energy spawnedg my own project, Endless Lair which is currently slowly taking submissions from UNCA Multimedia rockstars, and you! It’ll be worth making another blog post about when it’s more developed.
Last but not least, Apples Versus Oranges was the more successful of my two recent crowdsourced projects with the bold aim to determine the best thing in the world!
I feel allured to projects like these as a great way to beat consumerism. If you don’t like it, you just fix it yourself. A system that constantly evolves, branches, and conforms to the ebbs and ways of the people who use it. Now go play!