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Short Stories About Tiny Tasks: the Microtask Book

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… at least.

Today, my friends, that day has finally come. The book is called Short Stories about Tiny Tasks . In it you will find tales of industrious moles, gamified worlds and the kind of feel-good co-operation not seen since the hippie revolution of the 1960s. Each story highlights a different, surprising aspect of crowdsourcing, and reveals the incredible range of applications for collective reasoning, gamification and human computing.

To start with, we have partnered with …

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It’s finally here. But does it live up to expectations?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… and packing a real punch under the cover, the original hardcopy version of Short Stories About Tiny Tasks made a real splash when we released it last year (at least when it fell in the bath).

But on Wednesday, the future became reality. Now, thanks to Publification.com, Short Stories About Tiny Tasks, a collection of our favorite Microtask blogs, is also available as an ebook from the Amazon Kindle Store and iBooks (see sidebar for more links).

As expected, pricing starts at …

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From millions of tasks to thousands of jobs: Bringing digital work to the developing world

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… old occupations.

For example, hundreds of thousands of people around the world earn income from tasks like moderating images posted by users to an online community, categorizing products on an e-commerce site, and transcribing digital video clips to make them more searchable. Because these tasks are completely digital, they can be physically carried out anywhere where a computer can be connected to the Internet.

A recent trend is that demand for such digital blue-collar work is satisfied …

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Microtask: we love the forms you hate

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… structure tons of paper records without condemning brilliant employees to perform endless tedious tasks?

Crowd beats paper

From today, the solution is at hand. Microtask Forms is a service specifically created to digitize high volumes of paper forms, transforming them from groaning, overweight piles to slender spreadsheets (available in two popular Excel formats:.xls or.csv).

The idea is simple and powerful. Submit your forms via fax or email then sit back and let the crowd do the …

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Smartsheet: the deadliest app in town?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… once killer app VisiCalc – the first graphical spreadsheet – came along. The internet was a tiny network, populated by a handful of nerdy academics, until web browsers, email and search engines got the world seriously online.

So, the million (or more likely several billion) dollar question is: what will be the killer app for crowd labor? The piece of software that makes tapping into the crowd as common as firing up Firefox, or yelling at MS Word Help?

Smarter fitter app-ier

One …

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