I’ve Crowdsourced My Friendships

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:

  • Bowling
  • Seeing Movies
  • Attending Concerts
  • Eating out
  • Exercising
  • 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.

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