Tag Archives: Twitter

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

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Years before Twitter and Farmville took over our lives, philosophers were worried that computers were changing 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 …

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FixMyTransport: keep calm and carry on crowdsourcing

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Myfanwy Nixon, explains she always knew demand would be high: “You only have to dip into Twitter during rush hour and search for any of the major transport operators’ names to see a vast outpouring of discontent – we knew that could be channeled more constructively.

Can we fix it? Er, maybe we can

I love a good rant as much as anyone and FixMyTransport is clearly providing much-needed therapy to traumatized commuters. However, the real test will be whether the site actually …

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Transfluent: tweeting in tongues

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the French often seem less willing to use English than some other Europeans.

The result? All our Twitter content @microtask gets immediately translated and reposted to the French account. Jani explains: “Before Transfluent it was almost impossible to translate Twitter messaging as it required too much work and traditional translation agencies are too slow. Our fast response times are due to crowdsourcing: all our translations are crowdsourced from networks of professional …

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Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

“Homicide Watch DC” sounds like a cop drama, and to be honest it’s got the makings of a police procedural (especially for those of us familiar with the 5th season of The Wire ). Instead Homicide Watch is a crowdfunded, crowdsourced reporting project, covering every homicide in the District of Colombia.

This claim is so bold as to almost be suspect. More than a …

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Will 3D printing and crowdsourcing bring the industrial revolution home?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

In Europe and the US right now, almost no issue commands more air time than persistently high unemployment rates (other than what Kate Middleton is wearing, of course). But beyond the depressing jobless figures, new trends may be changing labor markets, and the economy as a whole.

Crowdsourcing was one of 2011’s buzzwords, but its potential is still largely unrealized. 3D …