As you may be able to tell from the title, there is a lot going on in the part of my head that cares about the news right now; all the blurbs in cyberspace are meshing together a little too much for this editor's pretty little head. So, in the face of randomness on a nontypical news day, here are a few notes on the most salient topics to come the way of Daily Crowdsource.
Kickstarter's 5th (& Top Grossing) Million Dollar Project
Kickstarter has had it's fifth successful million dollar project (up to $3,223,771 as we speak & 3,223,896 after we hit the refresh button on the page. Try this for yourself. It's fun.) (Update: it is now Kickstarter most funded project, at $5 & 1/2 million, only six days after launching). At first, I did not find this particularly exciting (After all, we already know they're growing like crazy. We have the crowdfunding research to prove it), but when I saw that it wasn't just a boardgame or videogame, or an iphone stand, or an iphone stand with wheels.... then I was excited! The idea of a watch that gives you important notifications from your iphone is actually kind of cool. Check it out in the video:
Subway Fight & Potato Chips?!
A subway fight was interrupted by a man who chose to diffuse the situation by casually eating chips in between the combatants. As much of group intelligence & behavior experts as some of us crowdsourcers here at Daily Crowdsource, we were baffled by the genius of this move. We're already thinking how we can apply it in crowdsourcing forums! 'Stop it you two', munch, munch...
Instagram Aquired by Facebook
Lastly, we have Facebook's acquisition of Instagram, the photo sharing app. I wish we had some hard hitting thing to say about this, but nope. I tried it out though. Not a bad app, super sleek and social.
Here are my quesitons for you:
- Any thoughts on how elegant photo sharing apps might affect the tech community?
- Does Facebook just want to expand it's already impressive user base?
- Is instagram just a way to cover up zits in your photos by applying silly vintage hipster effects?
We want to know! ...in the comments below, of course.