I’m realizing I’ve started to use a new tool. It wasn’t planned. I didn’t really need it, nor ask for it. It rather followed me – and proved its value slowly. And now it’s part of my toolbox. What? I’m talking about the #crowdsearch. Users of the Flickr service are daily digging through my vast material of photos and videos. Given the amount of pictures (approx 13,000) and no of views (approx 105,000) it’s not far from “random”. Or is it? I guess sociologists would find patterns. To me – it’s great for imaging creativity in several dimensions. Daily, I’m facing pictures like these:
Visitors are – not far from what archeologists do – showing me stuff from my own archive. They not necessarily LIKE what they see – but someone chose to open it – and it must mean SOMETHING. And to me – it’s great inspiration, great for my collective memory – and my only commitment is to gradually add tags, descriptions, bylines, people – and sometimes – editing in PicNic (which is extremely intuitive) to enhance early pictures of my iPhones.
How can #crowdsearching make difference to you?