Greetings! Firstly, I would like to give a warm welcome to everyone for dropping by my blog. For this week’s blog I will focusing on Harnessing Collective Intelligence.
What is “Harnessing Collective Intelligence”?
Everyone has their own personal way of explaining what is Harnessing Collective Intelligence. As for my way of describing it in short, is the use of networking by providing a platform for users to upload their content to share with other people. The more people that are sharing their content, more people will attracted and ultimately use that particular platform to share their content (and the cycle continues) which eventually will become more successful. Examples of existing platforms are Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest. This is my understanding based on an article that i have read by Tim O’Reilly. One of the examples for harnessing collective intelligence that will be discussed in this post is Imgur.
What is Imgur?
Imgur is pronounced image-er/imager. Imgur is used by variety of people that want to upload or share their photos with their friends and families without delay. It is a free image hosting site, also a major image hosting services for popular social media sites called Reddit. Imgur allows a number of people to access the site at once without crashing the website (capable of high traffic).
Comparing different platform with similar services?
Examples of similar platforms are Flickr and Instagram. Flickr is more used by photographers to share their own creation/photographs meanwhile images on imgur can be uploaded anonymously. Instagram allows users to follow other people or connect with friends that only allow to post pictures with photo filters provided, it also available through mobile devices and allow instagram to share through social media such as twitter and facebook, whereas Imgur is majorly used by Reddit.
How Imgur uses Harnessing Collective Intelligence?
Imgur allow users to upload meme, to view the stats, count the number of views per hour per day, the size of the image that being uploaded, add favorite, download the image and having more sharing options for users to use that can make it easier for them to find or some of the image they would want to share with. Aside from that, there are likes/dislike button if they find it amusing or unimpressive as well as comments are provided underneath the image for people to comment on.
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