Tag Archives: Spam


MOG: the day the music gamified

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… entire blogosphere. As a Facebook user, I’ve noticed a sudden avalanche of friends’ Spotify spam (guys I love you, but if you’re listening to Enya, stay off my wall!).

While record companies are facing diminishing returns, the situation is not much better for the new generation of music companies: Online, Spotify, Pandora, Grooveshark and Last.fm are all struggling to make a honest buck. In such dark times, surely only a crazy person would try launching another free music …

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Journalist vs. microworker: a fair fight?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Instead of ridiculing microworkers, reporters should investigate the real issues: worker wages, spam requestors, cutting edge applications. Instead of cheap tricks, how about experiments that push boundaries and test the crowd fairly. Crowdsourcing and journalism are both here to stay. Let’s stop sniping and get to the real story.

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Crowdsourcing global development: working theories

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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 …

Tags: Amazon Mechanical Turk crowd crowdsourcing India Madonna mechanicalturk microwork O'Reilly Radar Social sciences Spam

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Searching Questions: how good is Google?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… I can see the appeal of personalized, localized crowd-based search. Friends are less likely to spam you with fake results. Friends can be trusted to provide you with reliable information (well usually, unless you’re asking things like: “do I look fat in this?” or “do I really need another beer?”)

Genius +1

The question is: will friend-centered search teach people anything they don’t already know? Prof. Vaidhyanathan doesn’t think so. He predicts that “the knowledge …

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Read all about it! Crowd makes the news

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… 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. 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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