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Crowdsourcing & Online Socialization

During this week’s workshop, we got a lot more into the understanding of different ways and tools for crowdsourcing ideas. This was rather important for me, because I didn’t really get what are the particular possibilities for this activity in any kind of work. Now, however, I will be able to analyze the options of getting and spreading information for the NGO we are working with. Another topic we discussed were the Four i’s of the design process. As long as I had already read the course guide, I had some (rather blurred) image of this concept, but the way it was explained by Janneke actually put everything into the right place, so now I have better understanding of it and, as a result, have already memorized the four i’s and their definitions, which, in term, leads me to actually practicing the implementation of this concept. Now, to the part about my own network. I am a person that is usually more comfortable with working or researching alone, so most of the online-tools I use or websites I regularly check have to be designed and customized for my specific needs and interests. So, in the case of fetching information, I mostly prefer solo internet-sourcing [Me:individual]. Par example, I find Pinterest, Tumblr and Vkontakte (something like the Russian version of Facebook) good for me because of the flexibility of their use and the fact that you get to choose whatever you want to get updates on. For ideas that need further development and different points of view to seem more complete, I’d say I would rather use the [We: communities] model of crowdsourcing, but I would surely prefer to do this face-to-face, because I guess that feels a lot more comfortable for me, because of the fact I find emotions and mimics really important to understand what actually drives the certain person I am collaborating with. But, as I would guess, I am about to find out about a whole lot of tools that make the experience of long-distance cooperation more personal, thus contributing to people feeling closer or deeper involved in this aspect/way of working in groups. I also happen to be a member of a couple of bounded groups, but the one’s I’m in do not really require collaboration. For example, I am part of the Estonian Underwater Swimming Federation, which has strong regulations about the people who can join it. Despite the fact that I prefer more personal communication, I still use open environments/networks from time to time to:
  • address questions to the open world (usually after I do some research myself and something specific remains uncertain to me)
  • discuss a topic I find interesting [with random people] (which I usually come across by accident)
  • look for different opinions or points of view that people “out there” have
The examples of this would be posting something in our Facebook IDE group, using Google Ask (or the Russian alternative of that service). Oh, and I would really like to point out that, in my opinion, reciprocal apprenticeship (which could actually be simply referred to as symbiosis in terms of biology; how about informational symbiosis for change?) is the best possible way to communicate/collaborate, because it is equally useful for all members of the conversation/project. For me, the fact that I know how this type of relationships is called in English is a big thing too, by the way :) Nikita
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4 comments on “Crowdsourcing & Online Socialization
  1. Lee Ji-Eun (Jennifer) says:

    I really like kyour blog post. With pictures that explains what you want to talk about, it is more fun to read, I think. Great work and keep up with you nice work!

    • Nikita says:

      Thank you, Jennifer! Yes, the pictures were there for explanation, so I guess its good they work 🙂

  2. Yomna Farid says:


    I really like your blog this week and I love the pictures. You put a lot of thought into it and definitely did some research there with the “symbiosis” part. We might be alike in the sense that I prefer face to face communication as well, but I haven’t made use of crowdsourcing unlike you did with Google Ask for example, so that’s a good thing.

    Keep it up!

    • Nikita says:

      The symbiosis part was actually my own idea, I got it just while typing the blog 🙂
      Even if you don’t use this feature of Google, I’m pretty sure you use something else.
      Thanks for the comment!

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