Sometimes all you need to illuminate the darkness that is before you on your path to success is a missing link, a link to a website, video, or other web content. Admit it, you didn't know how to grow your own sprouts with a mason jar and some cheese cloth until you looked it up on Mahalo.com, did you? Since November of 2011, MentorMob has been working to take online learning to the next level. This new start-up wants to cut a path through the untamed forest of information on the Internet by creating a community of people who can teach anything simply by sharing their own search results from when they tried to learn the subject to themself all along a path of scouring the internet for the right link.
Currently in public alpha, MentorMob is still in its early days, but it's gaining an audience. Users can take advantage of the system to organize content available online, such as articles, videos, PDF's, and they can also present their own uploaded content.
Once the portfolio of instructive content has been formed, you organize it into a Learning Playlist which can then be shared on other websites much like picture galleries and Facebook widgets.
MentorMob seeks to make it easy to leverage the knowledge of users and plans to use crowdsourced curating to push the Internet into its next phase.
The key difference between MentorMob and other sites like eHow is that the site is planning to boost its content by utilizing the crowd. Its final "product" will be free education. Other services, such as premium B2B instruction for private clients, will also be available.
Curated knowledge as a product of crowdsourcing has proven itself in the past (& Wikipedia may still be crowdsourcing's most powerful example), but does it live up to its reputation in the form of playlists? What do you think? Are curated lists and crowd guided searches really a way to help educate people online? Let us know in the comments...