Word of the Week: Crowdsourcing

Word of the Week: Crowdsourcing

By Word of the Week on June 18th, 2010

Crowdsourcing: Crowdsourcing is a combination of the terms crowd and outsourcing. In social media, crowdsourcing is when someone uses his or her network to find a quick answer to a question. This can be anything from a reporter looking for source information to a traveler searching for a great restaurant in an unfamiliar city. This is yet another demonstration of the power of social networks, especially Twitter, to provide valuable information of any kind in real time. Depending on the size of your follower list, one simple question can yield dozens of responses in a short period of time.