Hooked on Wikis
By pkasper on Apr 12, 2007
I admit it. I'm a little obsessed with wikis right now. I think it's because they are so easy to use and it's a very easy way for a group of people to work together on something. I've really enjoyed using wikis on some of my team projects at Sun, and I think the teams have really benefited by them.
Since I knew I was going to start using wikis more at Sun, I wanted to start experimenting with starting and moderating a non-work wiki to help get my feet wet. So, I set up a wiki for one of my favorite games at savagepedia.wikispaces.com.
I choose wikispaces for three main reasons: 1) it's a very simple, "no frills" wiki, 2) it has some great notification and backup features, and 3) it's free. The simplicity of the wiki is the most important thing...lowering the barriers of participation is always good and you will have a more active community because of it.
Adam Frey, the co-founder of wikispaces, talks about using wikis in education in a podcast by Sue Walters. Because of its simplicity, wikispaces is used by over 25,000 teachers and students in grades K-12 all around the world.
Anyway, next time I'll provide some thoughts on what I've learned with the savagepedia web site.