December 14, 2007
Facebook is a great site for keeping in touch with friends, colleagues, and for networking. It is also a great place to share information in a creative way using the Facebook applications provided by Facebook or built by Facebook users.
We liked the concept so much that we decided to give it a try. Now, any Facebook user can use his or her Facebook user name and password to logon to Floxter. On top of that, Floxter users who also have a Facebook account can now install the “Happy Floxter!” application which will show how much of the reward received, by solving tasks on Floxter, they have donated to a Floxter charity partner.
Floxter users so far have already donated a total amount of more than $2,000! And, we hope that this is only the start…
November 25, 2007
We currently have a few different tasks online; an interesting one is about categorizing ads. You are asked to pick the best topic category for an ad based on what it tries to sell. You can choose from a list or tree of categories. Another task that’s online is about judging photos and deciding whether they qualify as picture postcard motives – e.g. a picture with your girlfriend or boyfriend on it and the Eiffel Tower in the background would probably not qualify as a picture postcard of Paris.
Anyways, go try it out yourself. It’s a great way to kill some time on Sundays and to make some money at the same time – or even better, donate it to one of our charity partners!
November 23, 2007
We was told that a Floxter blog was long overdue – and we agree. So, here it is… we carved out some time from our schedules and will make it a habit to keep the blogger world uptodate on what is happening at Floxter.
What’s Floxter? Well, it is an effort to harness the power of crowds to tackle problems which humans can solve but are not easily solvable by computers. We see the success of this concept in various applications like Flickr image tagging, Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers, the Open Directory Project and many more. For more inspiration on the topic, I recommend you read Wisdom of the Crowds by James Surowiecki, if you haven’t already.
Most existing efforts use specialised, custom “crowdsourcing” functions, tailored to solve the need of a specific application. Floxter is a general platform. You can request virtually any type of feedback from humans. Just post a task, define an appropriate reward and someone out there will solve the task for you.
There are various challenges such a general platform needs to address and Floxter has addressed the major ones already. However, it would be bold to claim we’ve solved all of them – we’re getting there though! We will discuss the one or other challenges and how we solve them in this blog at some point. In the meantime, try it out yourself!