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Crowdsourcing represents the act of a company or institution taking a function once performed by employees and outsourcing it to an undefined (and generally large) network of people in the form of an open call.Jeff Howe, Jun 2006
Cambrian House began as a crowdsourcing community using a wisdom of crowds based approach to discover new business and technology ideas. These pages are being kept online as a technology demo to showcase Chaordix™.
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And while you're busy making friends on the CH community, why not invite your own friends to join?
For social people with cell phones who want the ability to randomly meetup with friends, Feelrz is a way to do so that requries no explicit action to update location. Unlike twitter and dodgeball our product allows people to find each other without the obtrusive proces of the other services.
For mobile devices that support location-based services, create a service that allows you to selectively publish your location to a group of friends and receive alerts when they come within a certain proximity. This improves the chances of a spontaneous encounters with friends when you're out. Services like Dodgeball and Twitter have rocketed in popularity confirming that a) people love publishing & consuming info about their activities with friends via mobile devices and b) they're willing to pay for it in the form of text messaging fees.
By tapping into LBS, Feelerz removes the need to explicitly publish your location via SMS and instead you can turn it on/off when you want to be found. A web interface allows you to manage your friend circle online and set the proximity range. You can enter credentials for existing social networking or dating sites to seed your contacts list. There would be a free version limited to x number of friends and a paid premium version that's unlimited.
I have been reading up on location-based services and some carriers support it well while others are lagging but getting there. Twitter has achieved overnight popularity but it still seems too cumbersome and intrusive (both from a publishing perspective as well as consumption - getting a ton of SMS chatter). Feelrz is something infintely more useful: you turn it on when going out and "put your feelers" out by passively broadcasting your location and receiving notification only when an acquaintance is close by. It would probably take hold within friend circles first but could easily be extended to "discovery" type situations for meeting new people. For instance, it could add an intermediate level of casualness for making the transition from meeting someone on a dating site to that first physical encounter (ie. if people have corresponded before it alerts them when they're at the same nightclub).
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