A Crowdsourcing Control Center, Built for Developers

Hitblocks helps you outsource microtasks in a few lines of code.

Hitblocks helps developers:

Build

Build

Building digital interfaces and setting up servers to crowdsource microtasks takes up more time than you have. We get you started faster and help you focus on the details of the work to be done.

Measure

Measure

See things at a glance. Our dashboard has you covered for what you need to know to get results across your crowdsourcing sources.

Optimize

Optimize

Easily set up experiments and optimize hitblocks to get better results.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hitblock?

A hitblock (Human Intelligence Task Block) is a modular template for posting and receiving crowdsourced microtasks online. Hitblocks act as a central hub to send and receive answers from the crowd. They contain instructions on where to post microtasks, how much to charge, and where to send the results.

Hitblocks become an API you can use to easily abstract and control complicated sequences of microtasks, the order of which can be switched according to their outputs, like an ITTT (If This Then That) decision tree for crowdsourcing answers.

Hitblocks can then be logged and measured to give you an overview of how to maximize your results across various crowdsourcing platforms such as Amazon Mechanical Turk.

What is a microtask?

A microtask is a piece of work that can be done digitally and in parallel by large numbers of people online. An example would be labelling a set of images from a database.

Services such as Amazon Mechanical Turk are marketplaces that help workers to complete these pieces of work through your digital interface.

Hitblocks are there to help you build, measure and optimize this process of working with the crowd by automating the distribution, collection and measurement of this digital workforce.

What are some alternatives to hitblocks?

Hitblocks is there as a meta layer to using other crowdsourcing services. As an alternative to hitblocks you could directly use a crowdsourcing service yourself. Crowdflower, ScaleAPI, and Amazon Mechanical Turk are all available for a direct integration and have our full seal of approval. You could even integrate with a service yourself and use hitblocks simply as an analytics platform for your microtasks by posting a few lines of javascript linked to your webform.

How much does Hitblocks cost?

Hitblocks are pay per use if posting through our service, they cost 30% of the cost per worker. We have plans to introduce a monthly subscription for higher volume individuals that won't have to pay per task posted. The current model is there to minimize the cost to people trying out the service in lower volumes.

How can I pay for Hitblocks?

Hitblocks are paid for with credits. These credits can be purchased on the site with a credit card handled by Stripe's payments. If you run out of credits your hitblocks will continue to collect information but will not post additional tasks until enough balance has been added.

What data does a hitblock collect?

Hitblocks are there to help give you insight into your crowdsourcing operation, we are not there to collect any data other than that relating to crowdsourcing. Hitblocks will only collect the data that you choose to send back, which we have recommendations on to get access to various features.

What is the expected performance/availability

Hitblocks is still in an open beta so will not have any serious production guarantees. We are still growing and will update with goals for uptime and reliability. For now it is the best we can do with all available resources.

What support does Hitblocks provide?

Hitblocks is a small team and we will field support questions as best we can but there are not guarantees for enterprise level service.

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