Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Journal 4. Crowdsourcing? KONY2012
When reading some articles and watching some videos about crowdsourcing it really had me thinking about all the benefits it has to people who have been majorly tackled by our nations poor economy. As crowdsourcing is on the rise, it is a great opportunity for individuals struggling to get their feet back on the ground, if internet issues is their game. I often mention in my blog many different sources of crowdsourcing before i even had a grasp on what crowdsourcing even was. Sites such as Wikipedea, Facebook, and I recently just learned about iStockphoto which I had researched a little more. I have a friend who is this amazing photographer who really uses a variety of different social media sites to get his work known by the public, (check him out he's GREAT taylormccutchan.com) and since iStockphoto was a photograph site i asked him about it. He said something that really made me think. He said it's not much of a sharing site, but a way to make a living. It was difficult for me to fathom that someone could make a LIVING off of one of these sites.
Although making a living off of something of the internet seems just dandy, doing that is extremely difficult. Getting your photos, blogs, or sites noticed by the mass media is HARD, you're collection has to be pretty impressive for it to impact people enough to share your work. If you were to truly believe that your work was worth sharing to the world, I feel like you should stop at nothing. People are connected to the internet...so why not share your work through every possible social media site? If it's good, you will be noticed.
Another thing I would like my readers to take ahold of is KONY2012. This is the PERFECT example of using crowdsourcing as a way to GET YOUR VOICE HEARD. The men and women who put this together are examples of people using the popular demand of social media to get a very important message across to America. Take a look, your thoughts on how powerful social media will change.