Tag Archives: Demand Media

Read all about it! Crowd makes the news

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… in churning out low-cost, search-engine-optimized articles. Currently, major players like Demand Media employ freelance writers to write the articles. Microworkers may be able to do the same job faster, cheaper and better (whether this would mean better quality content or just more spam results on Google, who knows).

Unless you happen to be Arianna Huffington (who sold the Huffington Post to AOL for a cool $315 million last month) the world of online content can be pretty tough. …

Tags: Amazon Mechanical Turk AOL Arianna Huffington Carnegie Mellon University Charlie Sheen crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform Demand Media distributed work Huffington Post Journalism microwork

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New media and the British election: Don’t stand too close to the bleeding edge

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… new mediums to motivate and influence voters, particularly in the US election. Unsurprisingly, new media has also been the focus of much hype in the British election. Following Barack’s lead, both the Tories and the Labour party used Twitter, Facebook, crowdsourcing and YouTube to try to score political points. But did the politicians’ use of new media automatically grant them Obama-style coolness that translated to extra votes? If I remember correctly, in the school playground the kids …

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Kaggle: crowdsourcing genius or statistical anomaly?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… point was (probably) that in our information-driven world, statisticians are a precious, in-demand resource. Without them, companies like Google would drown in a tsunami of data. Recently, Silicon Valley funders proved just how much they appreciate the humble number cruncher, investing over $11 million in Australian data analytics crowdsourcing start-up Kaggle.

Kaggle is a classic “brain-based” crowd competition site. Organizations post statistical problems and Kaggle’s …


Death 2.0: Crowdsourcing the rest of your (after)life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… of human existence. (Yes, I watched The Matrix again on the weekend.) With the rise of social media, this idea has now gone a step further: can computers change what it means to be dead?

A few weeks ago, while watching TED videos to escape the scorching Italian sun (it’s a tough life, I know), I came across this off-beat and slightly creepy talk by Adam Ostrow, Mashable’s Editor in Chief.

Adam’s subject was our online (im)mortality. These days people are constantly uploading …

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HS Talkoot: Microtask to the rescue of Finnish media history

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… our innate ability to understand signs) is needed to set the record straight.

Gamifying media

If this sounds noble but boring, don’t panic. That’s not how we run things. HS Talkoot is structured as an online game. Once you’ve logged in using your Facebook account or email address, you can challenge friends and other players for the highest score in a game against time. Along with a fun game involving the construction of life-saving bridges, it’s your chance to achieve …

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