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For a fistful of dollars: the weird and wonderful world of Fiverr

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… users (Fiverrers?) are more dedicated than others. For example, we do believe this picture from Times Square is genuine…

…But alas this “real” Monkey Sock shot isn’t quite so convincing. Someone still needs to read Photoshop For Dummies …

Other entries included Microtask’s mark on a selection of hot beverages…

…harbor art (I can hardly contain my excitement)…

…and street signs.

Along with variable quality, Fiverr’s other …

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The secrets of Digitalkoot: Lessons learned crowdsourcing data entry to 50,000 people (for free)

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… way to digitize, bit by bit, the entire collection of Aamulehti. This is what The New York Times, Wired and others said about our heroic, text-loving moles.

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Engineering success: Golden tasks and diligent pests

The challenges Microtask’s engineers had to overcome were daunting (we will present a paper on Digitalkoot at HCOMP 2011 ). One problem, for example, was how to deal with …

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Duolingo Beta put to the test: can you learn a language while translating the web?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… , the bot-blocking service that uses all of us to help digitize the archives of The New York Times and Google Books. (Just think: every time you have to squint your eyes and turn your head sideways to decipher those annoyingly blurry squiggly words, you’re making the world a better place. Still, feel free to swear while you do it.)

In this TED presentation, von Ahn introduces his new project, Duolingo. Duolingo’s goal, in short, is to crowdsource language teaching. Here’s the …

Tags: Caribbean crowd crowdsourcing Duolingo Google Books Luis von Ahn microtask microwork new york times reCAPTCHA TED translation

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Food52: a recipe for crowdsourcing success?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… mechanics.

Mix them all together and what do get? Answer: Food52. Founded in 2009 by New York Times journalists Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, the site is described as a “social hub for people who love to cook”. As well as debating burning culinary questions (just how do you make a vegan omelet?), Food52 runs regular crowdsourced recipe contests. Members of the community submit their finest gourmet creations, which are tested and voted for by the crowd. Winning recipes are …

Tags: Amanda Hesser App Store Cook crowd crowdsourcing Food Food52 Merrill Stubbs microwork new york times

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Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… tech commentators discussed the great “social-media revolution”. Yet, six months after Tahrir Square, Egypt remains troubled and divided: a few weeks ago, 26 Coptic Christians were killed in Cairo during clashes with the police.

Social media helped kick start the revolution. But can technology also help create better, more democratic, Arab states? Tanja Aitamurto, a visiting researcher at Stanford, and Hanna Sistek, a journalist in Delhi, are researching exactly this question. …

Tags: Arab Spring Cairo Coptic Christian Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria crowd crowdsourcing Egypt microwork Morocco Tahrir Square The Guardian

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