Crowdsourcing can play the definitive role in a hunt for ideas, & tools like social-media make it easy to develop your own applications for this purpose, according to Simon Willison, software architect and web developer for The Guardian.
In his 2010 presentation entitled Building Crowdsourcing Applications, Willison illustrated the versatile, complex & fascinating aspects of crowdsourcing, its many uses, and how easily it can be implemented in an app.
Here's his 7 take-away tips for building a crowdsourcing app:
- Flexibility is important as users may have different views on how to use the application
- Consider incentives – users may do almost anything for reward such as points, medals etc.
- Don’t be afraid of mistakes. Even flawed systems can produce useful data as well as some valuable lessons
- Give considerable thought to the type of questions posed to your crowd & particularly the wording
- Minimal barrier entry: (e.g., a complicated registration process will deter potential users.)
- If your purpose is for information gathering, then usability, visual design, and good copy-writing are essential for avoiding confusion.
- Do not ignore issues of ethics, accuracy or legality
As you will hear in his presentation, Willison’s experience with crowdsourcing for The Guardian has not only aided in breaking news stories for the newspaper, but has also proved to be a great lesson in crowdsourcing.
What do you think of his presentation?
As crowdsourcing advances, & it's now 2012, what new things would you consider putting in a crowdsourcing app? Let us know in the comments.