Even Google is Confused about CrowdSharing!
When I typed ‘ what is crowdsharing ‘ (without quotations) into the Google search engine at google.com , it showed a global (.com) bias toward ‘crowdsourcing ‘ by responding with the search results in the image below:
Google did admit the possibility that it could be wrong and that I was really looking for what I actually typed into the search box. So, it offered an alternative:
Showing results for
Search instead for what is crowdsharing
When I clicked on what is crowdsharing above, to insist and confirm that I really knew what I was looking for, I got this result:
Even though Google relented and finally did give me the top 10 results for what is crowdsharing , they still gave me another chance to go their way with:
Did you mean: what is crowdsourcing
Of course, I ignored that and carried on…
The point of this is that, since “crowdsharing’ is such a relatively new term, Google doesn’t have enough data on its use to recommend any results – so it simply defers to terms that are associated with ‘crowd’, such as “crowdsourcing”, of course, and also “crowdfunding”.
This is further evidenced by the lack of ‘ searches related to what is crowdsharing ‘, usually offered at the bottom of the search results for that phrase. But there were ‘ searches related to what is crowdsourcing ‘ as shown below:
In addition, you will note in a comparison of search results for these different phrases, shown above, that there are far more results for ‘ what is crowdsourcing’ – 961,000 – than for ‘ what is crowdsharing’ – a paltry 21,000.
Even 961,000 search results is not a significantly large response – the total number of website mentions of any combination of the words in the search phrase, in Google’s database.
Searching in Google for just the single word, ‘ crowdsharing’, yields the same bias, but with a much greater difference in the number of search results – 7,820,000 for ‘ crowdsourcing’, and 49,000 for ‘ crowdsharing’ .
The suggestions given while typing in ‘ crowdsharing’ bear no mention at all of that word – just the more dominant word, ‘ crowdsourcing’ :
Google Search Trends for CrowdSharing
You might expect from the above Google search results for ‘ crowdsharing’ that trends for monthly search volumes would be pretty low for that in comparison with those for ‘ crowdsourcing’ .
You would definitely be right.
Here are the Google search volume trends today for ‘ crowdsharing’ – average monthly searches of 50 :
In comparison, here are the Google search volume trends today for ‘ crowdsourcing’ – 18,100 :
What a spectacular difference!
The average monthly searches for ‘ crowdsourcing’ is 362 times that for ‘ crowdsharing’ (18,100 versus 50).
‘ Crowdsharing ‘ is obviously not yet very much on people’s minds as a topic of interest to Google users in the United States.
When looking for related keyword ideas for ‘ crowdsharing’ from the Google Adwords Keyword Planner, it is very significant that there are absolutely zero related keyword phrases that contain the word “ crowdsharing “:
You have probably guessed that there are many more (254) related keyword ideas for ‘ crowdsourcing’ that contain the word “ crowdsourcing ” (ie. highly focused keyword phrases), and none again that contain the word, “ crowdsharing “.
On the other side, there are 142 related keyword ideas for ‘ crowdsharing’ that contain the word “ crowdsourcing “.
Thus, Google Search Results and Search Volume Trends for ‘ crowdsharing’ both would indicate that ‘ crowdsharing’ is way off the radar of Google users – at least for the past 12 months!
It would seem that Google is bent on referring anyone who is interested in ‘ crowdsharing’ , to ‘ crowdsourcing’ instead!
So, Does That Mean that CrowdSharing is Really CrowdSourcing, or is it CrowdFunding?
Let’s take a look at what various authoritative sources say about the definitions of CrowdSourcing , CrowdFunding and then CrowdSharing .
the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers
Crowdsourcing refers to a wide range of activities, providing different benefits for its organizers. Crowdsourcing in the form of idea competitions or innovation contests provides a way for organizations to learn beyond what their “base of minds” of employees provides (e.g., LEGO Ideas). Crowdsourcing can also involve rather tedious “microtasks” that are performed in parallel by large, paid crowds (e.g., Amazon Mechanical Turk). Crowdsourcing has also been used for non-commercial work and to develop common goods (e.g., Wikipedia).
Arguably the best-known example of crowdsourcing as of 2015 is crowdfunding , the collection of funds from the crowd (e.g., Kickstarter).
The outsourcing of job functions to groups of people who operate independently and who are willing to provide their services in exchange for experience , recognition or low rates of pay . Recognizing that technology advances have enabled people to develop superior technical skills and talent in the comfort of their homes, companies are now using social media and internet forums to invite them to participate on specific projects .
Crowdsourcing means involving a lot of people in small pieces of a project. In educational and nonprofit outreach, crowdsourcing is a form of engagement, such as participating in an online course, collecting photos of butterflies for a citizen-science project, uploading old photos for a community history project, deciphering sentences from old scanned manuscripts, playing protein folding games to help scientists discover new ways to fight diseases, or participating in online discussions.
Crowdfunding is the use of small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance a new business venture. Crowdfunding makes use of the easy accessibility of vast networks of friends, family and colleagues through social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to get the word out about a new business and attract investors. Crowdfunding has the potential to increase entrepreneurship by expanding the pool of investors from whom funds can be raised beyond the traditional circle of owners, relatives and venture capitalists .
the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.
Each campaign is set for a goal amount of money and a fixed number of days.
Instead of traditional investors, crowdfunding campaigns are funded by the general public.
Crowdfunding is a form of alternative finance , which has emerged outside of the traditional financial system.
The crowdfunding model is based on three types of actors: the project initiator who proposes the idea and/or project to be funded; individuals or groups who support the idea; and a moderating organization (the “platform”) that brings the parties together to launch the idea.
the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people especially from the online community
Crowdsharing is the practice of a group of ordinary people (registered members) from all walks of life forming a community with the mission to close the gap between the rich and the poor and care for other people. Supporting others in transformation and fulfilling their life dreams, through sharing and allowing a fellow member or oneself to achieve financial freedom.
Submission declined on 13 April 2016
This submission does not appear to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article . Entries should be written from a neutral point of view , and should refer to a range of independent, reliable, published sources .
Wikipedia has no acceptable definition for CrowdSharing.
No other authoritative sources were found in a Google Search using the search phrase, ‘ crowdsharing definition’ .
Where does that leaves us, then, with the definition of CrowdSharing ?
Merriam-Webster probably said it best:
Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding both conceptualize “the crowd” as a vast online community from which something needed may be obtained. In crowdsourcing, the crowd is called upon for needed assistance or information. A well-known use of crowdsourcing is Wikipedia, whose content is the result of various contributors. Crowdfunding, on the other hand, involves a more specific request: the crowd is solicited for financial contributions to a particular venture or cause, such as a film project or cancer research.
On that basis, it is not likely that CrowdSharing can be considered as either CrowdSourcing or CrowdFunding, since the goal in CrowdSharing seems to be a mass of disparate goals of individual members of the crowd, outside of a generalized desire to benefit everyone’s well being in some collective way.
The source of an accepted (authoritative) definition of CrowdSharing remains unknown!
So, what is CrowdSharing after all of this analysis?
I have looked for answers in Google, both by searching for results and for keywords related to ‘ what is crowdsharing ‘, ‘ crowdsharing definition ‘ and ‘ crowdsharing ‘.
Here are my results:
- Google has very little data on ‘ CrowdSharing ‘ and related phrases using the word, ‘ CrowdSharing ‘
- Google defers (suggests) searches related to ‘ CrowdSharing ‘ to phrases containing the word ‘ CrowdSourcing ‘
- ‘ CrowdSharing ‘ is not a popular search term as compared with ‘ CrowdSourcing ‘ – 50 versus 18,100 searches per month in the past year
- None of the definitions surveyed for ‘ CrowdSourcing ‘ or ‘ CrowdFunding ‘ contains the use of the word ‘CrowdSharing’
- Wikipedia has no accepted definition of ‘ CrowdSharing – only a recent draft that has been declined
- I have been unable to find an authoritative definition of ‘ CrowdSharing ‘ using Google search
- Only 49,100 mentions of ‘ CrowdSharing ‘ can be found in Google’s database (June, 2016)
As CrowdSharing distinguishes itself from more established applications like CrowdSourcing , CrowdFunding and other ‘ Crowd ‘ related activitites, it’s popularity of use, recognition by search engines and attention from ‘word definition’ authorities will all increase over time.
Only then will we have a clearer answer to:
What is CrowdSharing?
For now, just keep on sharing…
All the best,