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IDEA #44 – Everyone’s An Expert

Everyone is an expert on something — typically. We all have things we are obsessed passionate about. For example, I’m passionate about web technology, web services, web start-ups, and music.

If you’re a programmer, you may be an expert on HTML, DHTML, JavaScript, and AJAX — but not Java, C#, or Perl.

Rapleaf and The Gorb exist to provide user reputations — ditto on eBay and 30boxes‘ has a “truthiness” rating (a la Colbert).

It’d be great to have a profile that stated what you were an expert in, a novice, etc. People in various online communities could add to your rating. Similar to how Google’s PageRank system works in that the more links from reputable sources, the higher your PageRank is — this system could work similar. If 5,000 people declared me as an expert — that might not count as much as 5 people that had 5,000 people declare each of them as an expert on the subject that those 5 are declaring me as an expert on.

Update: I’m thinking this for everything — whether you’re an expert in not cooking in general, but niche’s like “Italian Cooking”, NASCAR statistics, Big Ten College Football, Current Political Issues (Democrat views), BMX Bike Building, etc.

  • http://techstbooks.wordpress.com Colin Dowling

    Interesting idea. I imagine the fields of design and web-development would be very “competitive” as all the programmers I know are VERY proud of their expertise and would savor the chance to be uplifted by their peers.

  • http://blog.blendah.com Blendah Tom

    That would be really interesting if it was tied into Google’s Custom Search Engine’s and CoOp program. What you are talking about has an extremely long tail!

  • http://astartupaday.wordpress.com Kevin

    I used to work for a “Big 5” consulting firm and we had something like this to find experts across your 100,000+ collegues. It’s definitely a cool idea. Plus, I’ve always thought online reputation systems are genius – people who are ranked highest tend to be the most vocal advocates, so you get very high-profile influencers championing your company!

  • http://www.vestedventures.com Steve Poland

    I’m thinking this for everything — whether you’re an expert in not cooking in general, but niche’s like “Italian Cooking”, NASCAR statistics, Big Ten College Football, Current Political Issues (Democrat views), BMX Bike Building, etc.

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  • http://ideaisqueen.com Timothy Chen

    It’s a good idea,

    I got a similar concept before, but I focused more on how to use everyone’s expertise to help each other. if ranked profiles of experts are available on the Internet, human resources can be better distributed, and monetized.

    Say, you are an expert on the field of music, you can help people outside the US find out classic albums during a certain period, and they will pay you some fees for your service!

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  • http://yedda.com/people/9512186217351/ Yaniv Golan

    This is pretty much what we’re trying to do at Yedda (http://yedda.com).

    Once you sign up, you indicate what are your topics of interest and knowledge, and how much you’d like to engage (how many questions and how often).

    Yedda will reach out to you when there are interesting questions that match your profile, and invite you to answer them.

    Your answers are then ranked by the readers of the question based on their helpfulness.

    Check it out, I’d love to hear what you think of it, and whether it matches your vision.

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  • http://www.chadkeck.com Chad Keck

    I think http://www.namesake.com has covered this idea for the most part.

  • Clay

    stackoverflow.com sort of does this for programmers.

  • http://stevepoland.com/about Steve Poland

    UPDATE: klout.com is trying to measure your clout online in skills, skills.to is tagging you with skills, kevin rose / digg’s http://www.wefollow.com was tagging of skills by yourself [but seems unmaintained anymore].