My definition of harnessing collective intelligence is gathering users to contribute and supply their knowledge to effectively add valuabe content to a site. Thus, using Web 2.0 collaborating tools, engages users to interact by connecting, communicating and collaborating with each other. By contributing users can use any file such as audio or documents to aid in creating a spectacular site.
If users are to make their site popular, they must motivate each other to collaborate productively. As long as data is added by all users to the site, users are collaborating with added valuable content. Thus, this is a prominent tool for Web 2.0 since it enables collaborationg for the greater good. Examples of apps that harness collective intelligence are Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and Youtube. Facebook will be used ad an example today.
When Mark Zuckerberg created facebook in 2004, his goal was to promot the value of innovation while giving people the power to shar and make the world more open and connected.
As a user of Facebook, it is clear that Facebook is currently the most popular social networking site since all types of data can be shared onto it. Data that can be shared consist of audio, video, photos, documents, and many more.
Groups can also be created to assist students with completing an assessment or just for a general group chat. Hence, why facebook is a perfect example of how users add valuable content to a site and thus making it a great tool for harnessing collective intelligence. Signing up with facebook is simplified and only takes a few minutes. After sign up the application basically finds your friends for you via email and completes the starting components for users. Therefore, Facebook is a clear example when users are harnessing collective intelligence.