Why Crowdsourcing Is Awesome

You might have guessed by now that one of the greatest things for us out there is crowdsourcing.

With that in mind, we wanted to take a second to survey some of the great happenings from around the crowdsourcing landscape, and to highlight why exactly we think crowdsourcing is so cool.

Kickstarter

Each day, tons upon tons of great ideas are born but have no way to come to fruition given the tight monetary confines it takes to make a great idea a reality. With Kickstarter, people from all over the world are helping others make their cool new ideas of all shapes and sizes (like this cool key holder) into things that revolutionize the way we live. And given Kickstarter just passed the 50,000 successfully funded project threshold, it seems as if crowdsourcing is alive and well.

Answers

Sometimes you just have a question that even a Google search alone can’t answer. That is why sites like Quora and Wiki.Answers are so great. Sure, you may not necessarily get the answer that you need exactly, but with the wealth of knowledge that can be found on the internet paired with the intuition and intellectual curiosity, you will probably at least get pointed in the direction.

OpenStreetMap

You knew it was coming.

Everyday people are out and about, and whether you just happen to be in a different part of town looking for a grocery store, or in a completely different country, people need a reliable way to find what they need, when they need it. And OpenStreetMap does exactly that, giving people a living, breathing map resource shaped by over 1 million map enthusiasts from around the world.

At the end of the day, there are a lot of things a single person can do. However, sometimes when an obstacle presents itself, a helping hand or just a friend can help make accomplishing a given goal a lot easier. So here’s to crowdsourcing, for always lending that helping hand.