I very accidentally found out that just when I think things are going as bad as they can, from the outside it may not be so bad. Perhaps the grass can be greener.
Last weekend a bunch of stuff went on (family, friends, loved ones, holidays)-you know just a bunch of stuff. I was talking with a friend of mine who reminded me of FML–you know what you may say in a bad situation, “F*ck My Life.”
And as advertising has taught us–there’s an app for that as well. So, I added the FML app to my iPhone and started sharing the happenings of my weekend and why I feel FML.
And much to my surprise, the community-hundreds of people at a time, determined that things are not as bad as I think they are.
My FML’s have been rejected.
And I think that’s a good thing for me. After all, here I was thinking, “Wow, I am f’d.” And hundreds of people didn’t think so. Its kind of cathartic actually.
While I am not saying that every issue can be helped by simple crowd-sourcing, it is a powerful tool. Let the people speak and they will determine just how worthy the cause is.
My friends at BNet recently pointed out some of the intrinsic value of crowdsourcing and why it makes sense.
From a business perspective–increased creativity, new voices in the decision making process and a true look into what I like to call vox populi (Google it). It comes with some downside too, because business can’t control the conversation or the expectation. Its a bit of sharp edge to walk.
However, it also answers the question–now that I have Tweeted, shared, Digged and Wiki’d everything-what happens?
Well the answer is conversation–and perhaps as I learned, things are not as bleak as they appear, or at least that is what the vox populi is telling me.