Google Dips Into Crowdsourcing

14 May
Ville Miettinen - Daily Crowdsource

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From Microtask’s Ville Miettinen:

“The thing is, in the crowdsourcing industry we are hard-wired to spot crowdsourcing opportunities. All of us familiar with the power of crowdsourcing constantly expect companies like Google to capitalize on the huge crowds it has access to. A feature like Ask on Google+ can look to us like the seeds of Google finally recognizing the massive untapped potential in its crowd.”

This is all regarding a “Yahoo Answers”-type update that Google rolled out recently. The update would allow you to ask questions to your Google+ network if a search result turns up unhelpful or inconclusive. It’s not the most error-free solution, but the quote above gets my gears turning when it comes to what a company like Google could do with the people they have access to.

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2 Responses to “Google Dips Into Crowdsourcing”

  1. Casey Armstrong May 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    I share your excitement. I was one of vark.com’s biggest users/fans all the way until it shut down (when Google bought their talent). I just hope to see something like it again. Real-time social search will be huge!

    • Seth W May 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

      You’ve got that right! I’m not completely sold on Google adhering to the question/answer format, but I am anxious to see what else they can do with a crowd like the one they’ve cultivated.

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