Crowdsourcing: New buzzword?

Summary:“Requiem for a Meme

Wired Magazine's “Requiem for a Meme” (June 2006) chronicles the short life spans of five would be trend-setting buzzwords: Smart mobs, electronic herd, Telecosm, Turbo-capitalism, Progress paradox.

Missing from the list? Chris Anderson’s Long tail and Jeff Howe’s new Crowdsourcing.

What is crowdsourcing? According to Howe’s “Crowdsourcing, A billion amateurs want your job":

Remember outsourcing? Sending jobs to India and China is so 2003. The new pool of cheap labor: everyday people using their spare cycles to create content, solve problems, even do corporate R & D.

Crowds cited: garage scientists, amateur videographers, micro-freelancers, photo enthusiasts.

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Source: crowdsourcing.com, “the rise of the amateur”

Will crowdsourcing eclipse long tail? Join the conversation: “Talk Back” below and share your buzz thoughts.

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Topics: IT Employment

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A former ZDNet blogger, Donna Bogatin is the founder of online directional media properties VIPOffers.com and UrbanSavings.com. In addition to her own ventures, Donna has been advising companies on Web-based business development since 1997, when she created and led an "Internet For Entrepreneurs" workshop for the Small Business Administra... Full Bio

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