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October 1, 2008 / compassioninpolitics

Top Crowdsourcing Websites, Resources, and Companies

Your official guide to Getting Crowd Sourced and Crowd funded for Innovation:
What is buzz about crowd sourcing?:

“The phenomenon of corporations creating goods, services and experiences in close cooperation with experienced and creative consumers, tapping into their intellectual capital, and in exchange giving them a direct say in (and rewarding them for) what actually gets produced, manufactured, developed, designed, serviced, or processed.”

How can you or your organization get involved and how can social media help?

Crowd Sourcing Applications, Tools, and Resources |

What are the best crowdsourcing websites and tools? Here are some great ones I’ve run across:


Gog Me

Cool Town Studios and Beta Communities

Kluster and Crowdspirit

Crowd sourcing art and museum exhibits

Crowd sourcing restaurants (props to the Affinity Labs, the coworking space in located in Adams Morgan in Washington DC and Harvey Rheingold)

A Range of Social Media Guides to Crowdsourcing:

• A great article at Read/Write Web on Crowdsourcing Case Studies and Examples

• Read about the Rise of Crowdsourcing in Wired Magazine Online.

This video presentation, including Jeff Howe, who coined the term crowd sourcing, including references to Threadless and Predictify. (warning: the video has some crowd created graffiti for lack of a better term) Jeff is followed by the CEO of Predictify. Predictify is an ingenious form of crowd sourcing and market data gathering (like fantasy football for predictions). You can even predict your own private prediction center that is customized for more targeted crowd sourcing (ie so called “partner pages” for Brittany Spears or Fidel Castro related questions). Predictify hopes to use the tool for engagement marketing, market research, business intelligence, and integrations with big media sites. For anyone who is a numbers geek or into psycho-graphic info, this platform is quite handy.

Of course, Yahoo Answers and Linked In Answers as well as Digg, Stumbleupon, and delicious are examples of web 2.0 platforms and companies which rely on the wisdom of the crowds. In addition, Google, Amazon, iStockphoto and Netflix embed various crowd sourcing mechanisms to deliver superior, targeted content.

Next, Future Memes has a great discussion of crowdsourcing lending.

Finally, the OJC has a feature on crowd sourcing for journalists, which seems to gloss over many of the important parts of crowd sourcing.

Whats your favorite crowd sourcing website? What would be a cool application for crowd sourcing?

Wisdom of the Crowds and Crowd Sourcing Books, Companies, Websites and all Around Bibliography:

• The best crowd sourcing resource I’ve found at BNET
Crowdsourcing Directory
Spot.Us for citizen journalism and crowd sourcing news
Crowd Spring (Crowd sourcing creative, logo, and web design) CEO Interview by Frank Gruber
Wisdom of the Crowds by James Surowieki
How to Plan and Design a Crowd sourcing Website
• Crowd sourcing video production with Media mobz (thanks to JD Lasica and Zadi Diaz at Epic Fu)
• Employee recommendations and internal communication (idea management) via Employee Suggestion Box (thanks to Jeremiah Owyang)
• See also Google Map Maker
• Great analysis of prediction markets + wisdom of crowds. Cool stuff.


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  1. compassioninpolitics / Mar 30 2009 6:45 pm

    I recommend checking out my other post on Crowd sourcing resources “Top Crowdsourcing Resources Revisited” as well as the B-Net resources list.

  2. compassioninpolitics / Sep 30 2009 3:36 am

    This is worth pointing out:

    Its crowd sourcing for problems. Governments, non-profits, and entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies can create a challenge.

    Its like the X-Prize.

    Thanks to Jason Calicanis and This Week in Startups podcast.

  3. Steven Lee / Oct 29 2009 8:11 pm

    ShopForDesigns does NOT charge any listing fees and

    has lots of talented designers too. You can get good

    designs at half the cost you are spending here. has the same operational model as


    Since the site is new it has less number of projects

    so all designers will concentrate on your project.
    So you can try it…

  4. Tatiana Andrushko / Apr 11 2010 2:31 pm

    Another great website is , an automated Global Consulting and Innovation Think Tank.
    Hundreds of well-credentialed consultants and accomplished innovators from around the world and across all required expertise categories simultaneously collaborate with each other and contribute their best ideas, advice and solutions to your problems. Or give you constructive and honest feedback plus access to the sharpest brainstorming partners. And if need be we’ll find you solutions for fair conflict resolution

  5. compassioninpolitics / May 28 2010 4:26 pm

    I just ran across Vark which is like Linked In Answers which is a crowdsourcing platform:

  6. Nathan Ketsdever / Jul 4 2010 12:34 am

    Here is an analysis of crowdsourcing in the case of social entrepreneurship (I believe all via mobile phone):

  7. compassioninpolitics / Oct 9 2010 8:36 pm

    Crowdflower is one of the better implementations of crowdsourcing of late:

    The demonstration video from Tech Crunch 20 is a nice walkthrough of why Crowdflower beats Mechanical Turk (basically it does a better job of filtering out the spam, etc).

    Frontline SMS and Live Ops are other impressive implementations of crowdsourcing principles.

    Kickstarter is another crowdsourcing start up which has gotten a ton of coverage in online, print, and by word of mouth.

    Covestor is crowdsourced stock tips (with a reputation engine I believe)

    Of course Innocentive and iStockphoto are classic examples.

  8. compassioninpolitics / Jan 18 2011 7:38 am

    The Daily Crowdsource has a small directory of about 30 to 40 companies which is broken down by the type crowdsourcing involved:

    Also, I would like to point to two forms of crowd-powered funding:
    1) Kickstarter (very popular)
    2) Crowdrise
    3) ProFounder (recently covered in tech crunch)
    4) Quora is straight killing it. (crowdsourced answers)

    • David J. Conklin / Jan 23 2012 6:13 pm

      Doesn’t Kickstarter rely on you to get funding through family, friends, relatives and then charge you a 5% fee, plus Amazon’s 3.5-5% fee on top of that?

  9. compassioninpolitics / Feb 8 2011 11:33 pm

    Idea Bounty & MoFilm are two examples of crowdsourcing for creative ideas/content:

    Open Idea is a very cool example of crowdsourcing innovation (and social change)

    I believe there have been two conferences on crowdsourcing:

  10. compassioninpolitics / Feb 23 2011 6:42 am

    I haven’t read the book, but this website has quite a directory of crowdsourcing companies in various business niches (I would guess 80 to 95% of the companies use crowd sourcing in some respect):

  11. Jude Barret / Apr 23 2011 12:05 am

    Thanks for the awesome list. And the links to other pages. I will be surfing for hours. Right now me and my friends are teaming up with for our fundraising.

    Thanks again for the links. Really good info on them.

  12. Sadhana / Sep 5 2011 6:54 am

    This list will surely help me a lot. I am online worker working on some sites like,,


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