Posts tagged with Crowd Sourcing

Tapping into the crowd: How easy is it to get users to work for you?

Chatroulette might not be for everyone, but the randomly generated video chat site's runaway success is a developer's dream. Created by a 17-year old in three days, the site's user base has doubled every day since its inception.

The concept of getting users to grow a business was a popular topic at the BRITE conference on Wednesday. As Bill Joy, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems once put it:

"No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else."

At Columbia University, many speakers agreed — the role of the consumer has changed. And increasingly, businesses that succeed today rely on their users to create and improve products. But most businesses would kill to be in the position of Chatroulette's founder Andrey Ternovskiy, who told The New York Times recently:

"It continues to multiply and I just couldn't stop it from growing."


Q&A: Alex Cameron on funding a movie online

Alex Cameron is the leader of a community of young British film makers which is asking the general public to contribute online to the costs of making their film 'Michael's Resignation' in return for a share of any profits made from the film.

I've been talking to Alex about the project, which has made use of social media sites like Facebook to attract talent, promote, and even write the script for the film, and the challenges he has had in getting the project together...