Today we’re announcing a new video: Crowdsourcing - Explained by Common Craft These days crowdsourcing is changing how we think about getting things done. This video follows the story of a person who discovers how a “crowd” of strangers can help him accomplish a goal. It teaches: • Why crowdsourcing is needed • How goals are accomplished using crowdsourcing • How crowdsourcing helps with speed, quality and cost • What motivates crowd members to contribute • How crowdfunding helps turn... Continue Reading
Today we’re announcing a new video: Website Cookies, Explained by Common Craft. This video was suggested and voted on by Common Craft members who will use it to educate others in classrooms and on the Web. It teaches: How and why cookies are saved to your computer when visiting a website The role cookies play in helping websites remember you The two basic types: session and persistent cookies How advertisers may use cookie data How website owners use cookie data for analyzing traffic ... Continue Reading
Recently Jay Rosen published a fascinating article on his PressThink blog that focuses on politics and how the parties have learned to exploit an “electoral blind spot”. As Rosen puts it: The blind spot is the point at which voters stop paying attention because the costs of figuring out what’s really going on are too high. It’s a fascinating article, and I really love this idea of “costs of figuring something out”. The article is about politics and the press, but I think the idea applies... Continue Reading
You may have seen these little codes around. They're in newspapers, on storefronts and products. They're called Quick Response (QR) Codes and they're meant to used with your smartphone. They could be a very big deal in the future. This video is one of our most requested titles and explains how QR codes make the real world clickable. This video, like most in our library, is available with voice-overs in 8 languages. The languages are: English French German Spanish Portuguese Dutch Italian ... Continue Reading
Today we’re publishing a new video: BitTorrent Explained by Common Craft Watch the video. Chances are, even if you’re one of the millions who use BitTorrent every day, you don’t really know how it works. That’s part of the magic that makes it so popular - it just works. It helps you download files from the Internet faster than any other method. This video explains the moving parts that work together to deliver the file to your computer. Those of you who tune-in to the Common Craft blog... Continue Reading
BitTorrent, which offers a faster way to download files from the Internet, has had a serious explanation problem. It’s one of the most used and least understood products on the Web. After working with BitTorrent on a video, it’s easy to see why this is the case - the inner-workings of BitTorrent are complex. It exists in a world that defies comparison. Millions of users know it works exceptionally well, but explaining why and how it works is another story. This video was a challenge and we... Continue Reading
This video captures the raw footage from the shooting of "Computer Hardware in Plain English. Video shoots like this usually take 4-6 hours. Music: Thanks to Deff Syndicate for licensing the song "Hip-Hop-1" with a Creative Commons Attribution license.
This is a story about something that many of us are faced with â€“ the dominance of the PC and the appeal of the Mac. Iâ€™ve worked on a project at a local Fortune 50 company on-and-off for over a year. When the project started, we all had PCs. We didnâ€™t have a hard time getting onto the company Intranet, using VPN, sharing docs, etc. It worked pretty smoothly. Along the way, the team morphed and a Mac user came on. He struggled with integration, downloading multiple tools and using virtual... Continue Reading