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

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

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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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