I’ve fallen in love…with crowdsourcing. If you’re not familiar with crowdsourcing, I’ll give you a brief explanation. Crowdsourcing utilizes a group of people (i.e crowd) to work on certain tasks. Instances where crowdsourcing can be used include both business and personal applications. Some examples are:
- Adding keywords to photographs for better internet search results
- Calling all the restaurants in New York City to see if they accept reservations for a busy Valentine’s Day dinner
- Testing websites for functionality and usability
Crowdsourcing enables workers to work on as much as they’d like to take on. Workers select the projects they participate in by a number of factors including, gauging their level of interest, money they can make, and time involved. Crowdsourcing enables a group of people to achieve a larger goal.
This made me realize, I crowdsourced my friendships unintentionally. For instance, some of the activities I like to participate in are:
- Seeing Movies
- Attending Concerts
- Eating out
- Attending Football Games
I have been on the same bowling team with three friends for years. I see those three people in other facets of my life, mainly at parties because we share some common acquaintances. But primarily these three people are ‘Bowling Friends’. I see movies with a few different friends and sometimes we’ll go to grab a bite to eat before or after the movie. But these friends and I never go to football games together. The ‘Football Friends’ are a different group altogether. Occasionally, I’ll jog or work out with a friend, these friends don’t crossover to any other activities. They are strictly the ‘Exercise Friends’.
Every friend seems to have a purpose. My friendship need is fulfilled by a group of people who have all taken portions of the job….I hate to say being my friend is a job, but I want to keep the metaphor consistent. I’m sure I’m not alone in this, and think most people have a variety of friends who are all perfect for different activities.