Crowdsourcing, Attention and Productivity

  title={Crowdsourcing, Attention and Productivity},
  author={B. Huberman and Daniel M. Romero and Fang Wu},
  journal={eCommerce Research Forum},
The tragedy of the digital commons does not prevent the copious voluntary production of content that one witnesses in the web. We show through an analysis of a massive data set from YouTube that the productivity exhibited in crowdsourcing exhibits a strong positive dependence on attention, measured by the number of downloads. Conversely, a lack of attention leads to a decrease in the number of videos uploaded and the consequent drop in productivity, which in many cases asymptotes to no uploads… Expand


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