Tag Archives: Social sciences

Crowd Labs Incorporated

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… ever have to deal with is a badly worded questionnaire.

A researcher’s paradise?

Social scientists, psychologists and economists constantly require thousands of people to take part in experiments. Trouble is, running a lab is expensive: assistants to pay, participants to hunt down and schedules to organize. Compare that ( as Lauren Schmidt did at CrowdConf this year ) to crowdsourced labor: a global pool of potential subjects who’ll work for a fraction of the price, and …

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

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… the nature 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 …

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Google+, Twitter, Facebook: the new capitals of crowdsourcing?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… strategy document (don’t worry, I’ll get over it), I’ve been road-testing Google’s new social network as a personal user. Like most early adopters, my first impressions have been generally positive. The UI is clean and well thought-out (though let’s wait until GoogleAds arrive before rejoicing too much). The “circles” concept seems like a truly innovative feature and could be what distinguishes G+ from rivals Facebook and Twitter.

Spheres of influence

G+ circles …

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Social networking and the English riots: don’t shoot the (Blackberry) messenger

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… With no obvious cause for the riots, the British press has been (predictably) quick to blame social networks. One newspaper reported a “Twitter frenzy” by rioters encouraging an “orgy of destruction”. Other commentators criticize the role of Blackberry messenger, referring to the popularity of this “secret” messaging service among young people. (It’s also popular with lawyers and bankers – conspiracy theories anybody?)

The mainstream media has launched non-stop riot …

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Crowdsourcing global development: working theories

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

What do Madonna, the Chinese Government and crowdsourcing all have in common? Answer: a complex and sometimes controversial relationship with the developing world.

Take the much quoted statistic that 33% of workers on Mechanical Turk are located in India. It sounds impressive, right? Thousands of people in a developing country using Mechanical Turk to earn some much needed …

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