menu

PSFK’s Trending Topic: Calling On The Crowd For Help

PSFK’s Trending Topic: Calling On The Crowd For Help
culture

Designers and developers are creating more platforms that let users call on the community for assistance.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 20 february 2014

New platforms are making it easier than ever for people to call on friends and strangers alike to solve everyday problems. From an app that crowdsources emotional advice to a literary service that asks well-known authors to recommend young writers, we have a multitude of resources at our disposal that smooth out any kinks we may come across.

Check out some of these platforms below.

Crowdsource-CrowdPilot-App

Crowdsourced Emotional Advice

Created by designer and programmer Lauren McCarthy and design studio PerceptorCrowdpilot lets users stream conversations so they can receive live feedback from other users. The app lets users choose a group of Facebook friends, strangers, or paid assistants to provide feedback.

a03221b5.HeroPointShootAsk

Search Engine Asks Friends For Answers

Created by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Jelly is a new social search engine that uses social networks to help the user find the answers to their queries. The app lets users zoom, crop, annotate, and draw on images to make things more specific. It also lets users forward their queries to people outside their networks.

Walgreens

Walgreens Uses Crowdsourced Delivery Service For Over-The-Counter Remedies

Walgreens partnered with TaskRabbit to provide customers with a delivery service for cold and flu medicine. TaskRabbit is an online marketplace for outsourcing simple tasks and the platform updated its app to include a section for Walgreens. The partnership is meant to raise awareness of TaskRabbit’s delivery service during the cold and flu season.

coda-creative-writing-app

Writing App Calls On The Crowd For Ideas

Coda for iPhone is an app that lets users call on the community for suggestions and ideas to help them break out of their writer’s block. Users can access the service using their Twitter accounts and they can also decide whether other people’s suggestions get merged into their document.

Connu

Lit App Lets Authors Recommend Emerging Writers

New app Connu features shorts stories from emerging writers as recommended by known authors and writers. Every day the app provides a new never-before-published short story by a new writer or by some of the best contemporary writers. Users can opt to read or listen to the story.

 

culture
Trending

PSFK's Workplace Vision: Leave The Busywork To The Bots

Ai
Syndicated Today

In Popular Games, The Recurring Theme Is Exploration

The much-hyped sci-fi sandbox game proved to be as massive as expected, while Pokémon Go continued to prove inescapable

Design Today

The Best In Wearable Tech From The Rio Olympics

PSFK rounds out the Rio Games with our picks for the best gadgets and devices used to track performance

Trending

Get PSFK's Latest Report: Future of Retail: Technology Primer

See All
Advertising Today

This Cookbook Is Inspired By Brad Pitt’s On-Screen Eating Habits

Learn how to whip up meals and snacks pulled straight from the actor's fictional universe

USA Today

Tour The US National Parks From The Comfort Of Your Home

Google's new 360-degree video feature lets people take a trip to Alaska, Utah or Hawaii and see these marvels of nature up close

PURPLELIST EXPERTS

Palmer Luckey

Virtual Reality, Technology, Gaming

Augmented & Virtual Reality Today

VR Training For Active Shooter Preparedness

SurviVR is an immersive environment to teach civilians how to protect themselves in dangerous situations

Cities Today

Redesigned London Tube Map Aims To Get People Walking

The updated display illustrates approximately how many steps it takes to walk between stations for a healthier commute

Experiential Marketing Today

Nike Creates An Immersive Pop-Up Fitness Experience In London

The Unlimited You space gave athletes a chance to push their limits farther than ever before

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed august 25, 2016

Retail Expert: What Sustainability Means To The Millennial Generation

Jo Godden, Founder of RubyMoon, discusses how brands can limit their environmental impact worldwide

PSFK Labs Today

The 10 Steps To Discover, Hire, Develop Your Next Leader

PSFK's Future of Work report outlines key steps in the employee development path to empower next-gen leaders

Automotive Today

Uber Now Lets Commuters Pay With Pretax Dollars

The prepaid cards are a partnership with WageWorks, letting uberPool users save up to 40% on their trip

Home Today

Philips Hue Adds Motion Sensor To Control Lights Automatically

The wireless device lets users interact with their environment without needing to press a switch

Home Today

Beacon Device Takes The Pain Out Of Navigating A New Airbnb

Ping provides new guests with a guided tour of the house or apartment through a simple tap of their phone

Arts & Culture Today

Shelf Makes Its Contents Appear To Hover In Midair

The design uses metal tubes to create an optical illusion when viewed from the front

Arts & Culture Today

Interactive Ceiling Responds To People Walking Underneath

The installation features built-in sensors that cause the undulating surface to morph and react to passersby

INSIGHTS COVERAGE

Rio Olympics
Innovation Coverage From The Rio Games
READ NOW

Fashion Today

Declutter And Recycle All Of Your Unwanted Stuff

A new app will help catalogue your possessions and give them away as donations when you no longer want them

Advertising Today

Tokyo Concept Store Disguised As A Parking Garage

The retail and cafe project is designed as a hidden treasure for urban explorers

No search results found.