I've posted a few times before about what I sometimes refer to as Research 2.0: the leveraging of online social networks (as opposed to traditional research tools) to find stuff out. Instances of research 2.0 are most prominent on some of the lists I'm on when/where folks email the list looking for articles they could easily find in an online database.
I suppose Research 2.1 adds a level of specialized labor to "just" research.
I've deleted it now (such haste!), but a funny email came through this morning addressed to all or nearly all of the UIUC English faculty. In once succinct paragraph, the message asked for assistance editing some graduate application materials. This student, who shall remain nameless, thought it was a good idea to solicit twenty or thirty of us for help with some proofreading. This is strange for many reasons, most of them obvious.
Of course, if we'd all responded with suggestions, said nameless student would have been swamped.