crowdsourcing goes mobile – the extraordinaries

We’ve discussed the potential of the Mechanical Turk for social research. Now,  here is a new crowdsourcing service on mobiles – short video (below), description, download the iPhone application. They deliver skills-based volunteer tasks to people whenever and wherever they are available by mobile phone.

Also, yesterday Aaron Shaw “presented upon his research into the potential Amazon’s Mechanical Turk holds for social science and the culture that surrounds it.” (here). “In Shaw’s view, there needs to be

a more serious examination of the question. Experimental evidence of research suggest subpopulations of people who would respond differently. Some people will be motivated by doing good, others don’t care, want the .05. We need better ways to test. It’s situation-specific.

Last point: The use of Mechanical Turk for enterprise search.

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