Written by Randi Zuckerberg
Posted on February 17, 2013
In Silicon Valley, the term “crowdsourcing” is all the rage. According to Wikipedia, crowdsourcing is “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.”
- You can crowdsource a logo on 99Designs.
- You can crowdsource a charity fundraiser at Crowdrise.
- You can crowdsource a new invention at Quirky.
- You can crowdsource financing for a creative project at Kickstarter.
- Heck, we’re so excited about crowdsourcing at Zuckerberg Media that we even partnered with Conde Nast’s BRIDES magazine to create the first ever totally crowdsourced wedding!
And now, you can take that all a step further and crowdsource absolutely every decision in your life via Seesaw, a new app that allows you to create polls whereby your online friends can vote on everyday random situations in your life, and help you make virtually every decision you’d ever need to make.
Not sure if you should buy the pair of shoes you’re trying on? Take a photo and have your friends vote. Not sure what to order on the menu at Starbucks? Take a photo and have your friends select. Not sure if you should quit your job? Why not take a photo of your horrible boss and let your friends decide (just make sure that said horrible boss isn’t one of your online “friends.” Awk.ward.).
What do you think? Would you use an app like this? Have you crowdsourced anything in your life or do you think people should just buck up and make their own decisions? Do apps like this help you make better decisions or does it just make us insecure about our ability to make the right decision on our own? Tell us what you think in the comments!
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