Quick, how many words can you come up with to describe this photo? If you said pool, child, kid, water, goggles or blue you and I would have just made 100 points at one of Googles latest projects.
Remember how Tom Sawyer made whitewashin' the fence so tempting to those passing by?
It seems Google might be doing something similar to label images they have indexed.
Here is how it works. You push a button and get paired up with a partner. A 90 second timer starts and you each are shown the same picture. You type in as many descriptions as you can. As soon as you have a description that matches you are shown another image. Each image you match is worth 100 points. At the end you can even hover your mouse over the images and see what your partner guessed.
I think it is brilliant. Not only are they getting free work from people, but they are discovering what people really think when they see an image. Oh yea, it is also fun.
Think of your business, is there a fun way you could get feedback from your customers helping you whitewash your fence?
(By the way my current record is 900 points in 90 seconds)