Mass Collaboration Changes More Than I Realized

Posted by Jim / on 11/10/2009 / 4 Comments

I ran across a discussion on this site post  that got me thinking.

It was about the book Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything.

Changes EVERYTHING? Maybe not everything, but certainly a lot. Even Humor has changed with the computer age: Q. Why aren't there any elevators in a video game factory? A. It makes it too easy to get to the next level.

The purpose of this post is to spark your thinking about Mass Colloboration.  I bet you use more mass collaboration than you think.  I was surprised. 

I use regularly and it occurred to me that this is mass collaboration with over 30,000,000 members. As examples here are two questions I asked:
On virtual worlds:
One on using social media:
There are about 250,000 groups and some have thousands of members: mass collaboration I use weekly.

Here is a good review of Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. Short, but with enough detail to let you understand where they are going.

Team chess on was rolled out about a year ago.

It may not surprise you that the authors of this book used mass collaboration to write the last chapter in their book. It is finished and published, but a look at the site is still useful.

With my passion for learning, I checked out "beyond the classroom" and found some useful ideas. 

And my last example is a book being written by tweets... one 140 character sentence chosen and added each day. Read about it at: is a mass collaboration site and groups that are open to anyone fit easily into this category.

 Oh, and I use second life regularly... a community created by the members.   Over 40,000 logged in at any time.

Mass Collaboration has changed more than I realized and I use it every day.

What do you think?  What mass collaboration sites do you use?  What do you will think will be available in 2012?


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  • Patricia says:

    I think of most social media sites as mass collaboration based on your discussion Jim.

    I suppose I've mass collaborated or seen it done a long time though; just the technology today has made it easier.

    There are a couple of books on my bookshelf, from the 1990s, written by 10 to 12 authors.

    I've collaborated with others in my local community to put on public workshops.

    When the internet first appeared to ME in 1992, I just into discussion groups often collaborating on solving or answering someone's question.

    Groupsite DOES look like it can offer the same in a more global way. Thanks for a great discussion.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:26 AM | Permalink

  • Jim says:

    I agree the technology is key. I think groupsites has grouped many of the features we already use into a more usable package. While the scope may not be "mass" even has the same idea.

    November 11, 2009 at 5:14 PM | Permalink

  • Bonnie says:

    Thanks, Jim and Pat, for shifting my perception of what we're up to ~ individually as we reach out to engage in mass collaboration with others AND as a Credibility Cluser.

    In fact every time I start to say the phrase, it comes out Collaboration Cluster. Maybe we're a Collaborative Credibility Cluster :)

    Yes, technology is making it easier and letting us invent new ways to collaborate. And it's having an impact on how we think, feel, work... I believe even our consciousness is being impacted ~ for the betterment of us as individuals and as humanity as a whole.

    Back to your original post, Jim. You've made some great points AND provided many juicy links. Now to make the time to follow the trail of juicy breadcrumbs you've presented.


    November 12, 2009 at 6:26 AM | Permalink

  • Jim says:

    Bonnie, I agree that "Mass collaboration is impacting how we thing, feel and work." Can I quote you on that?
    Wikipedia has a section on mass collaboration. Link below. Wikipedia is a great example. David Coleman at the Training conference said that if 10 or so years ago someone had explained the Wikipedia idea to him he would have seriously doubted it would succeed. I would also have doubted.
    Quote from this post: "The power of Mass-collaboration is evidenced by the scope and accuracy of the Wikipedia project."

    November 16, 2009 at 7:37 AM | Permalink


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