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· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · November
· · · · 05 (2 entries)

Blogs and Wikis · Lots of peo­ple, both here at Sun and out there in rest of the world, like to talk about “blogs-and-wikis” like it’s one word or they’re one thing; I was re­view­ing the text of an up­com­ing book about the space to­day, and it as­sert­ed that “Obviously, the two are converging.” Huh? Grant­ed that they’re both about peo­ple plac­ing con­tent on the Web for oth­er peo­ple, but in their es­sen­tial na­ture, it seems like they couldn’t be more dif­fer­en­t. A wi­ki is a col­lab­o­ra­tive con­struc­tion en­gine, with refac­tor­ing and edit-in-place be­ing the dom­i­nant forms of ac­tiv­i­ty, and many equal voic­es singing in a cho­rus. A blog is more like a con­tent faucet, a source with one voice, al­ways grow­ing at one end; while up­dates to ex­ist­ing con­tent are OK, the dom­i­nant ac­tiv­i­ty is pour­ing new text and pic­tures and what­ev­er in. I sup­pose you can ap­ply syn­di­ca­tion tech­nol­o­gy to both, but I don’t see that much sim­i­lar­i­ty or con­ver­gence. At a deep lev­el, I don’t think blogs are re­al­ly a new thing in the world; but wikis are.
 
Technorati Revised · Check out Dave’s sum­ma­ry. My fa­vorite add-on is the fast key­word search, but there are lots of oth­er good­ies there too.
 
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