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All I want for Christmas is you clear terminology

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As you are all no doubt well aware, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, every song on the radio, every elevator conversation and every piece of advertising stuffed into our mailboxes must be Christmas-themed. It’s enough to ruin what should be a fun time of year. Which is why this blog post is definitely, absolutely not going to be about Christmas.

Ok, I lied. This is all about Christmas. But don’t worry, it won’t be one of those sickeningly …

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Can you crowdsource Christmas?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of which means there are now a huge number of crowdsourcing projects out there, and with it being Christmas – season of miracles, mistletoe and dubiously themed blog posts – I thought it was time to answer that burning question: Is it possible to obtain all the essentials of festive merriment using only crowdsourced companies and products?


For those with IT professionals to buy for, look no further than a custom designed T-shirt from our friends at 99designs. If you’re …

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The Great War Archive: could crowd conscription help?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… time of year, it often seems like people in the media industry are still too full/hungover from Christmas and New Year’s over-indulgence to do any real work. Filling the newspapers are either stories remembering the year just ended, or nostalgic human-interest stories.

Seeing as we have already reflected on 2011, we decided it was a good time to talk about something that few, if anyone, will ever be able to remember again: the First World War (one of the last surviving veterans, …

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Flop Idol: another crowdsourcing contest site gets Minted

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… this point: (1) weep; (2) cut her losses and move onto something new (thankful that at least her Christmas presents are sorted for the next fifty years); or (3) become a bitter pen-hoarding recluse.

Today, it seems, there is a fourth option. As a “last ditch move” Minted decided to turn its business into a design-contest site. Instead of having a team of in-house designers, it crowdsourced them, pitching hopeful designers against each other in a kind of talent contest, with winners …

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I Plead Not Guilty

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… it. Whether it’s due to an amplified feeling of loneliness or increased financial hardship, Christmas is a rough time for many people. Granted it’s not my fault that people are poor and lonely. But it still makes me feel a little uncomfortable (poor me, I hear you say).

This year, instead of wallowing in my bloated guilt, I decided to try to alleviate it with volunteer work. This very thought made me feel much better, until I looked out the window. And it was cold outside. So, so …

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