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Cracked.com has struck again, this time with an article "4 Surprising Ways Internet Mobs Were Used For Justice." Although I'm not sure what's surprising about any of the examples they use:
#4. Twitter Users Report a Hit-and-Run Posted on Twitter
#3. The Internet Catches the Texas Senate Changing the Timestamp on a Bill ( Wendy Davis filibuster)
#2. An Unknown Subway Mugger Is Identified by an Anonymous Commenter, People Start Spamming His Facebook
#1. 4chan Stops a Mass Murder Before the Act
Of course, spontaneous smart mobs aren't always so smart and this doesn't always go well (Reddit users saying they had identified the Boston bombers - and being TOTALLY wrong).
Does any of this inspire any nonprofits, libraries or others to think about more strategic ways to engage volunteers online/leverage crowdsourcing?
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A followup re: crowdsourcing crime solving...
Per Reddit users saying they had identified the Boston bombers - and being TOTALLY wrong, following the shooting yesterday in Washington, D.C. at the Navy Yard, Reddit issued a ban on trying to find the shooter.
Microvolunteering / virtual volunteering gone wrong... a subject worthy of academic research!