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Amazon's Mechanical Turk: The First Three Weeks

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Joined: 2003-06-09

Things have been even busier than usual here at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle.

On the evening of Wednesday, November 2nd, we announced that Amazon's Mechanical Turk was ready for beta testing.

Momentum for most beta tests builds quietly at first. A few users and developers put a toe or two into the water, give it a try, and then start to spread the word via blog posts, newsletters, and private emails.

After a while some sort of critical mass is achieved, and information about the new product is seemingly to be found everywhere that you look. The servers are humming along, the bloggers are talking, and there's a real sense of action and excitement. For some products, getting to this point can take weeks or even months of concerted effort.