(AN: I am so sorry, it got a bit too long again! Though I still hope you will enjoy reading it! >.<)
Herro ferrow broggers,
Let’s get straight to the point for this week’s blog. :D
It is a showdown –not really- between crowdsourcing and crowdfunding.
Are you ready?! SET? GOOOOoooo!
(I am listening to Avici at the moment, so am a bit energic haha… If I get more serious or calm in writing you will know that the song has changed… :D)
So the reflection for crowdsourcing will be somewhat close to the one I did for networking in my first blog. Crowdsourcing helps you expand your network, this is useful to, in my case for example, getting discounts or finding jobs.
About a month ago I found this website called Linkedin. I have never heard of it, but one of my old teacher of the church invited me to use it. I did sign up but I still haven’t looked around much. The general idea of that site is, as the name suggest –the beauty of simplicity-, “linking” people and expanding your network. I saw that Sheila has a LinkedIn, but I am not quite sure if you can create a profile for Gogorobi. Now that I am mentioning it, maybe a good idea guys?
On to the crowdfunding we go. In my opinion I think crowdsourcing is more beautiful and challenging than crowdfunding. Crowdfunding can only be effective if we have a good base (network) – still in my opinion.
For example: Gamers who stream their matches in order to make money through advertisements on their stream. You can stream as regularly as you want, but if your skills –your base- is not good, you ain’t gonna get views my brada. So you need to go and improve your skills, come back with inspiring actions and boom! More views = Kaching Kaching!
Though if you flash your boobs now and then I guess you could get viewers too. Doubt that it would word for guys though, cruel world-.
Most of the designers start by investing their own money, though most of the time it has it limits and this is where crowdfunding is quite handy. Who does not mind a helping hand? :)
Crowdsourcing in design:
Solo YOLO. Ehh… what about NO. In the design world it is “all about” crowdsourcing and I don’t like that, since I don’t want to involve myself with the world. If my life was like the life of my Sim in the Sims 3, I would have the Loner social trait. Sigh. Anywhos… At some point I have to give in that I, the narcissist, need “people” *shivers*.
Sure it is great if YOU design a product and YOU produce it on YOUR own and YOU are doing the advertising so well, that the product is sold out faster than Diablo 3, wonderful even, but then reality happens, because no successful game nor product has been developed by one person –as far as I concern. That is nearly impossible if you think about it.
I need useful criticism from potential users and having an expert or two to guide me the way does not sound bad either, maybe even getting discounts for reproducing the product because I know the people from the factory really well. Let’s face it, when I finish this study, I will probably relate myself to a sperm cell racing against the clock and other millions cells to survive in this cruel world.
Enough pros, it is now pessimistic emo cons time. :<
Sure expanding your network is a great idea, but this can go wrong too. Look at Kony 2012. Their base –youtube video- was so powerful. Big Youtubers like nigahiga even advertise for them! Many supports, but most of the supporters do not actually know what Kony 2012 is about, or where their money is really going to. I did, and still do, not know how they are going to fix this “Kony” with that large sum of digital green papers, this is why I choose not to support them. It looked very straight to the point, but for a critic like me, I think it was a bit shallow and a fairytale story. To short it up, a too big network could lead to something like this…
Since most of the crowdsourcing is done through the internet, it gets very impersonal fast. At some point you will lose control. And well, you will get these internet kids.
So don’t be shallow, be critic and leave people in awe.
PS. Is it crowdfunding or crowd funding? My Word keep correcting me into the latter one… Google it for me please hihi…
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