Last week, I was assigned a small crowdsourcing project in my Digital Narrative class (aka the class I’m keeping this blog for).
For those of you that don’t know, crowdsourcing is exactly what it sounds like: using a large crowd as a source for any kind of information. Or as Merriam-Webster puts it: “the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers.”
Some might argue that I cheated, but I wanted to make it as easy as possible for people to respond. So I logged onto Facebook, and created a post simply asking everyone to leave a comment with their LEAST favorite word. I messaged roughly 10-15 people asking them to leave a comment, and the momentum built itself up from there.
What I didn’t know is that I had to somehow incorporate my results into a blog post. So, I present to you … the worst image ever created.jpg.
Before anyone calls me out: I intentionally misspelled “baloney”. Don’t blame me! Blame it on Paul, the guy that left the comment. I don’t even have Paul added as a friend, so I’m not quite sure how he saw my post. Facebook is weird.
If you immediately cringed at the sight of this image, try and imagine how terrible it was going through the process of creating it … honestly, it wasn’t that bad. I actually thought it was kinda fun!
Let’s recap what we’ve learned today:
1.) Crowdsourcing is a great way to gather information if you intend to represent an audience’s overall / varying perspectives.
2.) There seems to be an unexplainable vendetta against the word “moist.”
3.) Don’t expect anything you post on Facebook to be kept private from strangers named Paul.