Blogging and Wikkis

As David Collin said,  blogging is set to become the biggest pastime in the US.  8 million say they have online diarys and 32 millon say they read them.

Wikkis are communally created web pages while blogs are personal based web pages  So says the Pew Internet and American Life Project.  Also read ,"We the Media", by Dan Gilmor, a bible for those who believe the online medium will change journalism for the better.

Should we as ACS types write about the ACS in blogs and Wikkis?

5 comments

  1. Maybe the term is used more loosely, but i thought a wiki was specifically an entry in the publicly-composed encyclopedia http://www.wikipedia.org. The thing about Wikipedia is that anyone can edit the encyclopedia entries: the ones i’ve seen seem quite accurate and unbiased, but if there was a Wikipedia entry on the ACS, people who didn’t like the ACS for whatever reason could go into it and allege that we were a corrupt organization, etc.

    Since Wikipedia’s topics include a lot of pop culture and tech-y topics, though, it might be good to create a wiki about something new and innovative we were doing. If there isn’t already a wiki about C-Tools, for example, someone could make one.

    i don’t know what Wikipedia’s policies are about keeping or deleting entries, but i find Wikipedia especially useful for things with a short shelf life that might not make it into conventional encyclopedias. For example, if i read the word “Cittaslow” in an article about Italy, i could use Wikipedia to find out what it is.

  2. A wikkis allows a group of people to collaborate in bring information to a specific site.
    Search for wikkis on Google and you will see a different definition than yours above.
    I think the whole topic is still so new that no one is sure of a correct meaning as there are none yet.

  3. i’m pretty sure we’re talking about the same thing, although i prefer the one-k spelling and you the two-k. Here’s a definition:

    “A Wiki or wiki….is a website (or other hypertext document collection) that allows a user to add content, as on an Internet forum, but also allows that content to be edited by anyone.

    The term Wiki can also refer to the collaborative software used to create such a site….”

    My point about ACS is still the same – good to start a wiki for new innovations, not so good to start one about the whole organization because of the possibility of negative, or off-topic, additions. Of course, anyone could start a wiki/wikki about ACS: it wouldn’t have to be us who started it.

  4. A wikki entry about the C-Tools? Excellent Idea.

  5. See the lead story in today’s Wired News: Wikipedia Faces Growing Pains
    http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,66210,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1

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