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Wikipedia Response #9

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2009 at 2:03 am

Should we trust Wikipedia or an expert-led encyclopedia more? How could Wikipedia be better set-up to better provide accuracy? Should it be open to everyone or just verified “experts”?

One thing that sticks out to me about Wikipedia is how all of my undergraduate college professors would tell me that it was not considered a reliable source for citations in class. Even though I was able to find an abundance of factual information on the site, teachers believed that since multiple people were adding information it was not the most reliable information source. I would always go to Wikipedia to get a synopsis or explanation on a certain subject but have to research further by a more credible source when discussing topics for many of my classes.

So now that I have to give my reasoning behind why I don’t trust Wikipedia more than an expert-led encyclopedia you will understand my basis of not being allowed to cite information found on the site for many years. I believe my professors understood how anyone, not only experts on topics, but individuals who had little insight on topics were in a sense defining what others perceived as the truth, expect for certain protected entries. Which is why that fear is what makes the site lack credibility.

Fortunately for Wikipedia, they monitor their pages more frequently and even have verified accounts which only select “experts” are able to edit or make additions to pages i.e. George W. Bush. Now that I know there is some order to the entries I do feel as though Wikipedia could become better set-up to better provide accuracy.

Ironically though I think what sets Wikipedia apart from other sites in its category like Citizendium, knol, amapedia is that it is open to everyone. If we limited Wikipedia to just verified “experts” I don’t think we would be able to find so many topics covered in the depth they are currently and it would also seem a bit biased since they are describing the subject or topic from only a experts point of view. 

I think the appeal behind Wikipedia is that it is one of the last few sources that is by the people and for the people. I know that even though many individuals deem it as being not trustworthy or even dependable it allows people the freedom of belonging, power and to have fun. Whether you like it or not Wikipedia is an incredible resource and great example of crowdsourcing.

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Response #8 Crowdsourcing Friend or Foe?

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2009 at 6:22 am

crowdsourcing

The buzz about “crowdsourcing”  comes with good and bad opinions. I first was introduced to this problem solving source when I attended a social media MeetUp a couple months ago. The host asked a couple of start-up social media businesses in the area to share their experiences with social media and running a digital company.

I was most intrigued by GeniusRocket, which we discussed in class last week so it doesnt count 🙂  But what opened my mind about this new tech/ cost saving phenomenon was the fact that anyone could help a business fulfill a certain task without even meeting. Whether it’s a stay-home mom or part-timer, their efforts, costs much less than paying traditional employees and adds the view of someone from the outside. Instead of outsourcing the tasks they have now opted to crowdsourced which saves money and time.

One site which I was reading about was InnoCentive which was founded in 2001. This was the first global web community for open innovation, enabling scientists, engineers, professionals and entrepreneurs to collaborate to deliver breakthrough solutions for innovative R&D-driven organizations.

InnoCentive Seekers are the businesses, non-profits, individuals who submit Challenges to the InnoCentive Marketplace where Solvers, a number of engineers, scientists, inventors, business people are invited to solve them in return to receive financial awards to the winning submission. By the success of this business I feel that it is very useful and they get credibility by having some well-known InnoCentive’s Seekers such as Procter & Gamble, Avery Dennison, Eli Lilly and Company, GlobalGiving and The Rockefeller Foundation.

Another crowdsourcing site which I think is unique and trendy is Poptent a community of filmmakers (and actors, comedians, grips, animators and more!) who are connecting to each other and to companies that want to pay them for their talents.

Poptent members are the people who come to the site to find ways to make money by building a portfolio, collaborate with other creators and find brands they can help. Like the site explains, Poptent brands are seeking new ways to reach their consumers and create new audiences. Creating the trends by tapping the source of these trend setters first is one of their biggest advantages.

Social Media Class Status Update #7

In Uncategorized on November 4, 2009 at 3:36 am

By examining the history and theory of social media, I found it most surprising that we (users of social media) have so much power. After reading books like We the Media, Cluetrain Manifesto and The Search I have realized how important people are behind the driving force of the Internet revolution.

In learning how the first so-called bloggers gained popularity through simply describing their life experiences and hobbies in online journals which people would read and follow allowed me to reseach what blogs I would like to subscribe to for my personal and professional use. This shows how the average person writing a somewhat popular blog has that much influence on others which many companies try to imulate by paying millions to develop objectives, strategies and tactics that can result in the same mass mobilization of followers, voters, advocates and consumers.

Currently what I have learned that has most changed my thinking or way of working is understanding the connection between the history and theory of social media inorder to be able to identify what makes social media tools effective for movements, business, and personal interest. Through writing our assigned weekly blogs I am able to evaluate and envision possible futures for social media as well as certain topics which interest me. By learning how ideas and information is spread I have been given the basic reasons why social media and its use of new technologies is enhancing our ability to communicate with one another.

The Internet has dramatically altered how we communicate.  Email, YouTube and Twitter and other social networking tools make it easy to reach your audience.  But in this class I have been learning ways on how important it is to make it a two-way conversation through social media. We have reviewed tons of good blogs and websites which get noticed in this new, content-overloaded environment, but by using information and targeted messages effectively I am gaining s much knowledge that I will be able to use during and after this course.