Crowdsource — read on

So you found a high school hearthrob on Facebook and plished your resume on Linkedin. Yet social networking isn’t all “friending”; there is also the expertise you can gather from strangers – a phenomenon knowen as crowdsourcing.

Amazon pioneered crowdsourcing by posting reader’s reviews of the books it seels.  now online ratings are ubiquitous (everywhere at the same time)…from Angie’s List to Yelp…and Twitter users call on their followers to answer all sorts of questions.  But even if you don’t hve thousands of online pals to quiz, you can still call on the wisdom of crowds.  Aardvark (vark.com), from Google, makes crowdsourcing less obtrusive.  you sign up, list topics you’d like an opinion on (say, Chinese restaurants in Seattle), then ask Aardvark a question.  it scans your friends, friends of friends, and everyone in its database.  Then it anonymously asks the 8 or 10 people most likely to have an answer.

When a friend of ours asked Aardvark to find a specialist for a friend in MN just diagnosed with prostate cancer, an answer came in a few hours from a respondent  that personally recommended two surgeons very highly.  She then followed it up with names and numbers – going directly to the person asking the questions.

We are having good luck doing this… why not try it?  But first… coffee

2 thoughts on “Crowdsource — read on”

  1. I never heard of that service — that’s fantastic. I wonder how those 8 or 10 people are chosen? I sure do value the opinion of well-informed people for everything from books to dentists (be sure your referee had more than cleanings!) to travel … Thanks for posting Diane!

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