Posts Tagged 'crowdsourcing'

The Ignorance Of The Crowds: IMDB Gets Dark Knighted

Dark Knight was a great movie, But nowhere near the greatest movie of all time. (Brando v. Ledger is no contest.) That’s what Dark Knight fanboys on IMDB have rated it. They have also voted down The Godfather from its perch at #1 to move Dark Knight to the top.

Yesterday I noted new forms of crowdsourcing in the planning of a restaurant. The IMDB example shows how the “wisdom of the crowds,” a key tenet for many Web 2.0 companies, is a system that can still be gamed. The out-of-control crowd was most famously seen in the Digg-DVD code affair.

<via CNET>


Clicks to Bricks and Mortar: Crowdsourcing A Restaurant

The Washington Post has a story on a restaurant that is attempting to crowdsource a restaurant, from the interior design, to the concept, to the name.

Newspapers, radio shows, NASA projects and inventions of all kinds have been crowdsourced, so why not a restaurant? The term “crowdsourcing” was coined by Jeff Howe.

See also: Web 2.0 really.

NowPublic: Don’t Call It Citizen Journalism

NowPublic is one of a group of crowd-sourcing media sites thave have cropped up in recent years. Newsvine, Current, CNN’s iReport and and South Korea-based OhMyNews are others that crowd-source links to news, or let authors write or shoot video of actual original articles. News giant Gannett also jumped in the fray in late 2006. Early on, NowPublic was noted for being one of the few sites to publish AP articles and allow people to discuss them. NowPublic however, doesn’t consider itself a “citizen journalism” service, its founder tells CNet. Instead it’s a brigade of “eyes and ears.”

Some of the others in this area are not shy about calling their services news. CNN’s iReport is taglined “Unfiltered. Unedited. News” and Current says, “You Make The News… We Put It On Television.”

Recently NowPublic released a number of new features, including a points-based ranking system to increase credibility for trusted users of the site; a FriendFeed-like news stream of people’s YouTube, Flickr and Twitter activity that can act as a kind of person’s personal news service; and a personal dashboard of news, photos and videos from whereever people want to receive news.

Coming at the same problem from the local-based approach are a number of local news and information aggregators.