What’s a Wiki?

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Published on February 10, 2008

Have you heard of Ed Yourdon? He’s a veteran of internet marketing Web 1.0 technology and now guru of the hot new Web 2.o movement. On a side note, I just attended SoCon08 conference in the Atlanta Area about Web 2.0. But the keynote speaker, Chris Heuer, said that we should replace references to Web 2.0 with either social networking or social media.

Back in September, Mr. Yourdon was featured at the annual signature event for Atlanta Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN). You can get a recap of his talk in the October Atlanta SPIN newsletter.

Anyway, I attended the first part. At one point during his talk on Web 2.0, he asked who had wiki’s at work. Truthfully 80-90% of the room raised their hand. Yourdon assumed the rest knew about wikis, but weren’t participating. So, on he went. And there I was – feeling left out and antiquated. Having been an entrepreneur for a few years, I was a bit out of touch with what corporations are doing these days.

I had to leave early. Not only did I leave, but I left with a dilemma. I was acutely aware that I needed to know what a wiki was, but still not knowing. But being smarter and more intuitive than I sometimes think I am, I began to piece together what I did hear.

Wikipedia I assume is wiki and I did comprehend that it is an unorganized, publicly updated writings. Decided to impress my “over 60” friend (James) with my new found knowledge. He of course was skeptical. But he actually pulled up Wikipedia and found that it was updateable.

I always thought that Wikipedia was the authority. Can I trust it?

Sandra Noble

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  2. Humph. Someone has to force me to read this post. It’s too big and boring. Brevity is the sister of talent, remember that.

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