Crowdsourcing rises up

6 Feb

The past ten days has went from autocracy through euphoria to fear of chaos. The few thousand people protested on January 25th escalated to a thrilling climax come February 1st with hundreds of thousands assembled in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.  All this time, accelerated by social media and the powers of crowdsourcing.

Whether it’s grouping together for that discounted day at the spa, calling upon pledgers to kickstart you latest business idea or a nation uniting to dislodge its ageing autocrats, crowdsourcing is to be thanked. Wikipedia describes Crowdsourcing as “the act of outsourcing tasks…to an undefined, large group of people or community (a crowd), through an open call.” And there should be a particular focus on open. Content is king. Open is King.

With over 400m visitors a month and 17m articles in 270 languages, Wikipedia comes in to 2011 is a perrfect example, celebrating its tenth birthday and $16m raised in 50 days. With its emphasis on bottom-up collaboration and the broad dissemination of knowledge, the online encyclopedia is in many ways an incarnation of the fundamental values of crowdsourcing.

Though nothing revolutionary and rarely truly understood, as digital communities continue to become the social norm crowdsourcing will only grow, wielding more power in the process.

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