If you’ve only ever heard the term “wiki” in regards to Wikipedia, you’re missing out. There are thousands of them online with some very specialized content—just look at the list at WikiIndex, a wiki about wikis. For example, the Wikimedia Foundation that keeps Wikipedia going also supports a dictionary called Wiktionary, a quote collection called Wikiquote, and a free news source called Wikinews, among others. Specialized wikis cover Star Trek (Memory Alpha), Star Wars (Wookieepedia), Muppets, music lyrics , how-to instructions, and every other thing you can think of.
But wikis don’t have to be limited to giant websites full of user-generated content. Many companies use a wiki to facilitate tech support, for example. It’s like a user discussion forum, but better written (in theory) and better organized. In fact, you personally can put a wiki to work very easily, either for use by a group, you alone, or the entire Internet. The number of tools for creating a wiki almost rival the number of wikis already created. Many have blossomed from old-school wiki software into full-blown corporate collaboration tools (like PBWorks) or into user-content driven sites (check out Wetpaint).
We’ll show you some of the tools you can use to create a wiki that’s strictly personal and only accessible by you, or a collaborative wiki you either host on your own site or someone else’s, open to contributions from all.
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+Commentary: Now I know exactly what you are thinking. Or at least I think you do, because in my mind was a big: “Why bother?” This article helped spark a few ideas as to how it can help.
Why would anyone want to create a wiki, for themselves, their business, or put themselves through the trouble? Why not just create an employee manual, or some internal document, or leave it to HR Department? Oh, that’s right — another one of the hats you wear. So why would you a solo entrepreneur need one? To my mind the same reason you need a business plan. In fact the first entries can be turning that into a wiki.
The consequences of doing so will, of course, be just another thing to have to maintain. With a high rate of abandonment. That is a big con, I won’t lie. However
Yet this is a free open-source software that can be installed with considerable ease. Populating it, editing it, learning another set of skills is a stiff learning curve. In this age where we are looking for productivity hacks and trying to leverage readily available things into that big idea.
My thoughts on employing this strategically go a bit beyond even what this author has in mind. They are great for “organizations” and they seem to have a certain small business model, heavily reliant on old paradigms of the office & email. There was a spark however on how this can be used creatively to enhance even the life of an artist, writer, or even small-business mom/pop style
For me it holds the promise of three buzzword concepts. Big Data, Internet of Things, & Quantified Self movements. Will definitely flesh these ideas out later into a more distinct framework. The key will be to research ways it can help, not hinder, the process.