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The Extraordinaries save the world January 23, 2010

Posted by friedgreenbananafish in Apps, Journalism.
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It’s a bird!

It’s a plane!

It’s… an iPhone?!

The Extraordinaries are the new superheroes on the block, and they want you to join their gallant crusade.  They describe themselves as  “a new type of corporation that uses the power of business to solve social problems.”

Their special superhero power is microtasking, or  simple tasks that someone else can do for you remotely.

And they’re using it to change the world.

The next time you’re waiting in line, bored at work, or any other time of day you decide to play with your phone, you can use those spare minutes to:

* Help map safe places for children to play

*Turn in animal abusers and illegal breeders to authorities

*Build a  database of defibrillator locations around the world

And many other missions, including their brand new Haiti Earthquake Support Center.  A matching application similar to playing Where’s Waldo, users are given photos of missing people and asked to look for them in photos taken during disaster relief efforts.

Also, you can help tag images in categories like:  gender, age, alive, etc.  And for those without an iPhone, the application is also available online at The Extraordinaries’ website.

So the next time you pull up solitaire, consider instead using your spare time to help people find their missing loved ones.



1. friedgreenbananafish - January 28, 2010

The Extraordinairies “Haiti Earthquake Support Center” has now come to an end.


In total, there were 24 matches good enough for the site to contact family members. However, the real problem was reaching those family members. Language barriers and technical difficulties lead to a lower response rate the The Extraordinaries had hoped for, although they are continuing their efforts.

To see the results, visit the following link and click on the blue magnifying glass icons to see the matched photos.


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