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Read all about it! Crowd makes the news

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… 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. Reporters, freelancers, bloggers and tweeters are all in fierce competition for readers. Depending on how good the next 473 words turn out to be, things might be about to get even more crowded.

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When crowdsourcing goes wrong: Lessons in crowd control

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… up with a new name for apple flavored Mountain Dew. As discussed in a recent Crowdsourcing.org post, the process was hijacked by pranksters from Reddit and 4chan, leaving the online leader-board filled with suggestions like “Gushing Granny” and “Fapple.” This is not an isolated incident. As General Motors once painfully found out, sometimes the crowd acts unpredictably.

The thing is, it’s not hard to see why Villa Fresh turned to crowdsourcing in this instance. …

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Short Stories About Tiny Tasks: the Microtask Book

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… lover of the good old dead-tree format, send us an email at info@microtask.com. We are happy to post you a free paper copy.

Whatever format you choose, we hope you enjoy it!

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What Wizard Battles Can Teach Us About Crowdsourcing

Posted on by Seth W

I’d like to start with a confession: when I’m not thinking about crowdsourcing, I’m busy being a huge geek. Not trendy geek chic, unfortunately, but the old fashioned type (a trendsetter maybe?). Read on bearing this in mind.

My main vice is Magic: the Gathering , a role-play card game where players are magically-dueling wizards. The only game pieces are cards which …

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7 degrees of failure: Is the power of the crowd overrated?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… itself open to being found. If I really wanted to hide my Lucky Charms, I’m not going to post their coordinates online and leave them under a bush at the local dog park.

So even today with all our crowdsourcing and hi-tech toys, you can disappear just by heading somewhere a little off the map (apparently London and the Indian Ocean are equally good for this) or invest in a decent disguise. Does this mean that the power and reach of crowdsourcing is overrated? Perhaps, when it …