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.
Source: crowdsourcing.com, “the rise of the amateur”
Will crowdsourcing eclipse long tail? Join the conversation: “Talk Back” below and share your buzz thoughts.
UPDATE: RETRACE THE BUILDING OF THE BUZZ BELOW