I came across an article on OPEN Forum today called, “5 Futuristic Applications that Are Here NOW.” Somewhat sadly, crowdsourcing was #3 on the list. Even though this technology is the foundation forcrowdsourcecompanies like Threadless.com and Quirky.com, and has now been used by companies from Procter and Gamble to Rubbermaid, this technology is still considered “futuristic” by most. The truth is, if you’re still thinking this way, you’re probably behind. The real future is having a way to effectively judge the feedback and ideas that are being submitted. The real future is being able to tell who is worth listening to, and who doesn’t know what they are talking about. You’d be surprised who can tell a good product and who can’t. It’s not always as you’d suspect.

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