All posts for “wiki”
Yaay! We have a page on Wikipedia. Now what? As you may know, Wikipedia pages tend to evolve over time as users contribute new information and we're excited to see the Common Craft page evolve. But first we're hoping to build on a solid foundation - and we need your help. The information that's there is a good start, but it can be better. As the owners, it's not kosher for us to edit the page, so we'll be adding suggestions to the "talk" section over time (a few are there now). If a... Continue Reading
My Dad has a saying about trying to get boys to do work. "One boy is worth one boy, two boys is worth half-a-boy and three boys is worth no boys at all."When I look at Wikipedia with my plain English glasses, I think the same is true about experts. Look at it this way...Let's say you're trying to learn about digestion. You can likely find an expert who can sit with you and make digestion very easy to understand. Now, lets say you're talking to two experts. Something changes - the experts are... Continue Reading
Did you know that in a recent survey by Harris Interactive that only 16% of the online public know what a wiki is? For some, this will seem surprising. Others will say "what's a wiki?" I had coffee today with my friend Kevin Flaherty of Wet Paint, the Seattle-based wiki company. He told me that they were perplexed that "wiki" was deemed one the 10 most annoying words on the web, so they ask Harris Interactive to do the survey comparing "wiki" to the terms social network, blog and online... Continue Reading
Just after posting our first video on RSS , I learned a few valuable lessons: 1. Video is inaccessible for the hearing impaired 2. Video is not easy to translate into other languages 3. There is a new site that addresses both of these issues called DotSub . DotSub makes it easy for me to transcribe the spoken words into text subtitles. Then, once the subtitles exist, it enables DotSub members to voluntarily translate the text into other languages and post the video to their blogs. This makes... Continue Reading
Last night I got a chance to hang out with a majority of the folks from SocialText at Nancy White's House. Among other things, I learned about a resource by Chris Dent called Purple Numbers that I'd never heard about before. In my words, it takes blog-style permalinks to the granular level. Using Purple Numbers, you can have permalinks to a specific paragraph of a weblog entry as opposed to one link for the whole thing. For instance, I can link you to a paragraph where Chris describes the... Continue Reading
Dina Mehta, who lives in Mumbai India, helped set up a great weblog to support relief efforts in the region after the earthquake/tsunami. Since setting up the site, she's wondering if it would have been better to use a wiki instead of a blog. Because its a community that is open, a community of people wanting to pitch in and make a difference as we watch the horror unfurling in this part of the world. We know the magic of community in coming together for a cause. Perhaps a wiki might have... Continue Reading
My wife and I have been making an effort to move away from the TV. The winter weather in Seattle makes it easy to sit in front of the tube and eat Cheetos all day- which we both agree is a bad, bad thing. Weâ€™re finding that without TV we focus more on computers in the house and getting more things done via wireless Internet connections. I think weâ€™ll have a laptop with a wireless Internet connection in our immediate vicinity from now on. This sets us up for an experiment using wikis in... Continue Reading
I'm getting more and more fascinated with wikis. I still have some issues and I don't think they are the answer to all our prayers, but damn they are fascinating to me. Perhaps most fascinating are the impressions and objections people have about wikis and how "the wiki way" seems to account for many of them. In my mind the wiki keepers work like an invisible hand to move the wiki forward even in the midst of what can seem like chaos to the outsider. Of course, the poster child is Wikipedia... Continue Reading
Last night my wife Sachiko and I were talking about a trip we're thinking of taking in the next couple of years. As we talked over the evening, it became a brainstroming session on all the things we needed to remember, manage, discuss, archive, etc. After a little while, I said "Hey, what if we had an online place to keep all this information?" Sachiko's first words were, "We could use a wiki!" All I could think was- I love this girl.
I really like it when Howard talks about the future. It speaks to me on such a real level. In this interview, he (among many other things) talks about how the choices we make as technology users (links in weblogs, ratings on Amazon, articles in Wikipedia) make for really useful ways to filter and find information without the intent to do so- and how this is disruptive to businesses. Google is based on the emergent choices of people who link. Nobody is really thinking, "I'm now contributing... Continue Reading
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