My small startup, Tasty Labs, has recently launched human.io. Human.io provides a simple way to allow a publisher to turn a passive audience into a mobile army of participants. This allows publishers to easily create missions and activities to get people involved more directly than just reading stuff on a screen. If Twitter is HTML, then Human.io is CGI.
Human.io lends itself to small, simple tasks: Vote on an item, take a picture of a storefront, etc. It allows you to script with humans as easily as you would script with software. It also offers easy access to the sensors on the phone: GPS, camera, and so on.
If this gains traction it could turn out as a useful alternative to Mechanical Turk for crowdsourcing tasks. There’s also some pretty interesting crowd gaming potential, as evidenced by Tasty Labs’ Photo Scavenger Hunt demo of the platform.
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