Wednesday, February 9, 2011
When a motivated or obsessed individual starts doing something and attracts a group of similarly minded people who are not as motivated, the results can be great. But is it crowdsourcing? To me it seems to just be collaboration.
I tend to agree with Dan Woods that crowdsourcing is more a few motivated individuals who attract a group of people to themselves. For websites like iStockphoto.com, it's about individual people with a camera capable of taking stock-quality photos selling those photos for a little extra money. Just because the website gets submissions from a lot of people doesn't mean it's a leader of crowdsourcing. Yes, it uses a large crowd to generate revenue, but that crowd is composed of individuals who are not interested in providing large numbers of cheap stock photos to people: they're interested in earning a few extra bucks to benefit themselves.