A talk on Simon Willison's experiences building crowdsourcing applications, both at the Guardian newspaper and for his own personal projects. Presented at Web Directions @media 2010 on June 9th.
Here's some important excerpts from the presentation:
1. Lessons learned Be ?exible:
a. Your users may not share your precise goals.
b. Optimise for the fat head of your user base.
c. Expose recent activity to site staff.
d. Users will do almost anything for a medal!
2. Final thoughts
a. Don’t be afraid: even ?awed crowdsourcing systems produce
b. Think hard about the questions you ask.
c. Have a minimal barrier to entry
d. Get the next task logic right. Seriously.