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It is always fun to watch successful founders come back into the startup arena again. Joshua Schachter, who created the social-bookmarking service Delicious, is back with Tasty Labs and today released Human.io, a platform for micro-task collaboration. It seems like a good platform for creatives.

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photo: Image courtesy of Flickr user Joi Ito

Joshua Schachter, who in a past life founded the social-bookmarking service delicious and sold it to Yahoo, has released Human.io, the newest offering from his startup, Tasty Labs. Last year, Tasty Labs launched Jig.com, a “market place for things people need.”

What is Human.io? To me it appears to be a micro-task platform that uses mobile devices as a way to distribute and aggregate tasks. Schacter defines it as a platform for doing micro-tasks. In a blog post announcing the launch he writes:

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.

Even at first blush I could see this becoming a really useful tool/service for creative collaboration. Now time to dig into this a little but more.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Joi Ito under Creative Commons license

  1. kimberleelockhart Thursday, August 30, 2012

    This looks really interesting! I can’t wait to check it out!

    1. Yeah I am thinking how we can use it and create new collaborative reporting experience.

      1. Looks interesting – need to bookmark this how come you don’t use Disqus?
        Robert http://www.pocketinfo.net

      2. I’ve downloaded the app and I’m not sure how to use it, but I love the news trivia and ID a photo parts.

  2. manwhocantbemoved Thursday, August 30, 2012

    Reblogged this on TechBoy from the Sands.

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