Crowdsourcing Explained

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Crowdsourcing is a modern method of achieving a common goal through a large group of people, who contribute their time, resources, and expertise to solve complex problems.

This approach has become increasingly popular over the years due to its potential to accomplish tasks faster and at a lower cost. In this article, we’ll define crowdsourcing, provide examples of how it’s being used in various industries, and explore how Testpoint’s platform makes crowdsourcing faster, easier, and better.


What is Crowdsourcing?

Crowdsourcing is a concept that describes the process of obtaining services, ideas, or content from a large group of people through the internet or other digital means. The term ‘crowdsourcing’ was coined in 2006 by Jeff Howe, a writer for Wired magazine, who defined it as “the act of a company or institution taking a function once performed by employees and outsourcing it to an undefined (and generally large) network of people in the form of an open call.”


Types of Crowdsourcing


There are several types of crowdsourcing, including:




 Raising funds for a project or venture by receiving small contributions from a large number of people.




Breaking down a complex task into small, manageable pieces and distributing it among a large number of people.


Crowdsourced Innovation


 Gathering ideas and feedback from a large group of people to improve a product, service or process.


Examples of Crowdsourcing


Wikipedia: One of the most popular and successful crowdsourcing platforms, Wikipedia relies on volunteers to create and edit content for its online encyclopedia.

Airbnb: This platform crowdsources accommodation by allowing homeowners to rent out their properties to travelers, thereby creating a new form of lodging.

Kickstarter: A crowdfunding platform that allows entrepreneurs to raise funds for their projects or products from a large number of people.

How Testpoint Platform Makes Crowdsourcing Faster, Easier, and Better

Testpoint is a crowdsourcing platform that connects businesses with a global pool of talented professionals to help them test and improve their software applications. Here are some ways Testpoint makes crowdsourcing faster, easier, and better:

Large Pool of Testers

Testpoint has a large pool of experienced testers from around the world, ensuring businesses get access to a diverse range of testers with varying levels of expertise.


Testpoint’s crowdsourcing model is cost-effective compared to traditional testing methods, which require businesses to hire full-time employees or outsource to a third-party vendor.


Quick Turnaround Time

Testpoint’s platform allows businesses to receive feedback and insights from testers within a short period, ensuring faster and more efficient testing.


Testpoint’s platform is highly scalable, allowing businesses to expand their testing efforts easily as their needs grow. This means businesses can scale up or down their testing capacity quickly and cost-effectively without the need for significant infrastructure investment.


Quality Assurance

Testpoint’s platform has a rigorous screening process for testers, ensuring businesses get access to only the best and most qualified testers. This ensures a high level of quality assurance for the testing process.


Easy to Use

Testpoint’s platform is user-friendly, with an intuitive interface that allows businesses to easily submit testing tasks, communicate with testers, and receive feedback and reports.



Testpoint’s platform allows businesses to collaborate with testers in real-time, providing a transparent and efficient testing process. This allows businesses to work closely with testers to identify and fix issues quickly and effectively.

Crowdsourcing has become an essential tool for businesses looking to achieve their goals quickly and cost-effectively. Testpoint’s platform is an excellent example of how crowdsourcing can be used to improve the quality and efficiency of software testing. With a large pool of experienced testers from around the world, cost-effective pricing, quick turnaround times, scalability, quality assurance, easy-to-use interface, and real-time collaboration, Testpoint’s platform makes crowdsourcing faster, easier, and better for businesses of all sizes. As the demand for software testing continues to grow, platforms like Testpoint are poised to become even more critical in helping businesses meet their testing needs efficiently and effectively.

Eran Arye

Eran Arye

Founder, Co-partner and CEO of Testpoint, Bsc. in computer science and mathematics, Former SW Quality Director in major international companies.

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