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Monday, September 13, 2010

Crowdsourcing and Goodreads

For my digital project, I looked into crowdsourcing, which is a term I did not know. In laymen's terms, crowdsourcing is adding to a growing online project, be it a review on Amazon or an article on Wikipedia. It allows consumers and critics alike an opportunity to opine.
Once I understood what crowdsourcing is, I realized I have actually contributed to a website of this nature: Goodreads. It is a website where you can review and rate books that you have read, are reading, or want to read. A professor introduced me to Goodreads last year, and while I've slacked in adding new reviews, I wrote one today on Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.
A nice feature with Goodreads is the widget that you can add to your blog. That way, readers of your blog can see what you think of current books. I'm adding a widget right now. Look for it on the right side of my page.
It is easy to add on to these websites; all you need is a membership (and those are mostly free). Plus, with websites like Goodreads and YouTube, a Google account works as your membership.
Are there other instances when you have crowdsourced?

1 comment:

  1. That's really interesting. I am going to go check out goodreads now! Is Wiki a crowdsourcing thing then? Or is the definition more limited?