We’re often asked how the Updentity contact maintenance system is able to update contact information. Is there a group of elves gathering contact information? No. Have psychics been hired to notify the system that someone’s contact information has changed? No. Do we have a cell phone company insider inputting contact details into the system? No. The Updentity software has many options available to provide you with the most up-to-date contact information. One option you can take advantage of is use of a crowdsourcing platform.
Crowdsourcing technology has been around for a number of years. The term was first made buzzworthy in 2006 by Jeff Howe, contributing editor to Wired. Crowdsourcing is the use of a community, whether it is as small as a high school class or as large as the population of the whole world, to accomplish a large or difficult task in smaller, simpler increments. You are likely quite familiar with crowdsourcing especially if you have ever used wikis, forums or something from the open source community. Businesses have recognized the value of crowdsourcing and Bashpole Software has taken this technology to the next level by using crowdsourcing to take on the task of updating contact information.
Whether you back up contacts, sync contacts or simply use your favorite email address book, your contacts are likely already a part of the online environment. These sources, however, are typically without one very important feature; they lack the ability to notify you that your contact information is incorrect. The Updentity system makes crowdsourcing capabilities available to you by saving you time, effort and money you previously spent trying to keep contact information fresh.