Blogs Are So Last Year

from Forbes: The next big thing, according to Web junkies, is the “wiki.” What are wikis? They are Web sites that are open for editing by anyone with a browser, without any fancy applications or programming skills necessary. Think a reference Web site on the history of Vietnam is biased? Scrub it clean. Think a documented procedure on your company’s Web site is out of date and needlessly inefficient? Rewrite it.
Think of it as an evolution. In the early days of the Web, there were bulletin boards like Usenet. Then, during the boom, Web sites like Geocities (now owned by Yahoo), gave people the ability to create communities of templated personal Web pages. Post-Internet bubble, Web logs offered “bloggers” more customizable personal Web journals and the ability to invite controlled collaboration. Wikis are the next generation: Web spaces that are totally collaborative.
Wikis are being brought to you by the same type of programmers who created Linux, the open-source operating system now competing in the corporate server market with Microsoft’s Windows Server and Sun’s Solaris. Wikis’ idealistic developers believe that these “open to all” Web sites could eventually be a solution to much of what ails the Internet

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About David Burn

Native Nebraskan seeking the perfect pale ale in the Pacific Northwest. Copywriter and brand strategist at Bonehook. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp.

  • http://www.sh2.com Shawn

    Granted, there is always a segment of the workforce who fears decentralization, but the real problem is simply most people do not know enough about technology, nor do they want to.
    Blogs, Wikis, and “the next big thing” are still technology based. The internet when it first became a visual medium (circa early 90′s) was a nearly impossible sell when I was hired to start the interactive department at our former agency.
    Need an example that people still don’t want to ‘deal’ with the technology aspect of it? 1 out of 4 home computers (and some even estimate higher) is a virus-riddled zombie spam box.
    Why? because people want the convenience of the technology, but only if it is dumbed down to make it usable by intuition.