DEFINITION: Crowdsourcing

In the context of social media, this is a process used by many social bookmarking sites where individuals are allowed to vote on news stories and articles to determine their value and relevance within the site. Related to other social media concepts such as collaboration and collective intelligence, it can also be a research tool. Due to its significant popularity, this new word famously has entered standard English dictionaries in recent years.




noun  |  crowd·sourc·ing . | . \ krau̇d-ˌsȯr-siŋ \
Popularity: Bottom 50% of words |Updated on: 6 Aug 2018



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

  • Online crowdsourcing strategies that induce masses of people to solve a task, such as locating far-flung items or alleviating world hunger, work best when financial incentives impel participants to enlist friends and acquaintances in the effort, a new study concludes.
    —Bruce Bower
  • These sites take advantage of the phenomenon known as crowdsourcing, or turning to the online masses for free or low-cost submissions.   
    —Katie Hafner

Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary
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