Wikis for Web 2.0

Dion Hinchcliffe’s Web 2.0 Blog has an interesting post on “Ten Ways To Take Advantage of Web 2.0”. It’s full of great advice, but I find point 2 particularly interesting:

The read/write Web is about making users co-creators of content on a massive scale. Armed with foreknowledge of the effectiveness of the Wisdom of Crowds, you can take advantage of the fact that none of us is as smart as all of us. Wiki sites turn this editable dial all the way to the right for example, and let every page be editable by anyone who is allowed. Far too many sites don’t take advantage of the fact that you can give people an ownership stake, and get them immersed in working on improving what you offer, all just by letting them have the ability to change an appropriate level of content.

I’ve been writing here about wikis since I started this weblog back in early 2002, and it’s fascinating to see them getting tagged as Web 2.0!

I’m certainly no rabid purist on this, distraught that a 10 year old technology is getting caught up in some newfangled hype. As far as I’m concerned, the more things that promote the usefulness of wikis the better.

And it’s great to see that Joel finally gets it too!

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