Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Crowdsourcing/Web 2.0 brings us together

Crowdsourcing & Web 2.0 brings us together.

Why do the work yourself when there are millions of users out there who'll do it for you? That may be a cynical way of looking at it, but crowdsourcing is a logical product of the Internet age. Though Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has rejected the term - he prefers to think of his site as "a genuine human community" instead of a faceless group of contributors - the free online encyclopedia has been a bastian of open-source knowledge since 2001 and is, for the most part, crowdsourcing at its best (just don't believe everything you read there!).

Like Wikipedia, Craigslist and eBay brought millions of users together in the 2000s. Both sites launched in the mid-1990s, but it wasn't until this decade that they hit full stride. Meanwhile, community-based news sites like Digg took hold among the digerati.
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