Have you ever heard of crowdsourc
ing? Well, it’s not just a buzz word any more.It’s a working concept that allows online businesses save time and money, while
tens of thousands crowdsourcers make a living working from home. If you think of masses, mobs and crowds as something dumb, scary and unruly, think again. Hereis a list of seven companies that chose crowdsourcing as their business model andthrive. Join the crowd!
It all starts with a name and finding a great domain name nowadays can be reallytough. This is where PickyDomains comes in handy
you deposit $50 and specifywhat you want (desired length, extension, keywords). A virtual army of 44,000+name spinners starts working on your order right away. When you find that name,a person who made the winning suggestion gets 40 to 60% of the fee. And if you
don’t like anything … –
you get your money BACK. No risk involved.PickyDomains also does names and slogans.
Pretty comes next and 99Designs does pretty best or at least very inexpensively.99Designs does everything from logos to buttons to actual web design. Therequired minimum for most project is $150 and 40,000 designers from all over theworld are ready to fight over your p
roject. Sorry “we charge by the hour” digital
iStockPhoto deals in stock photographs, video footage and audio clips. It’s
probably not what regular website owner is going to deal with, but if you work with media a lot, this crowdsourcing resource sure comes in handy. My only
complaint is their strange “credit” system rather than dealing in dollars directly.