wiki news

June 11, 2007 at 7:16 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, over at the Library 2.0 In 15 Minutes A Day wiki, things are moving right along.  The front page of the site has had over 11,000 page loads as of today (that seems pretty good, I think?).  170 people have tagged the site in del.icio.us – i should probably look for it in other social bookmarking sites.  Boy am I behind the times.  I haven’t looked to see if any individual pages in the wiki have been tagged, but most of the main pages have been loaded around 200-300 times.  Hopefully that means that people are making use of them.

Every once in a while someone logs in and makes an addition to the wiki, and as far as i can tell it’s almost always to add a random link to some site or list of sites.  Just this morning i logged in to the site and someone had erased half the front page and replaced it with a list of several hundred sites that sell ringtones.  My guess is that adding these chunks of links to higher traffic wikis is a way for people to add value to their sites in search engines, by virtue of being linked to.

The fact that most revisions to the wiki are either made by me or spammers makes me wonder if a wiki was the best choice for the project.  I’m doing a separate project along similar lines that deals with some really practical methods of making social networking tools work for a library – how to make del.icio.us, blogs, RSS and widgets work together to make an easy-to-use social network that librarians and staff can make use of from any computer, basically.  For that project, I’ve started a blog, and I use the pages feature to outline what to do in each different program to build the network.  It’s a little clunky compared to the wiki, but i’m not ready to let others work on it, and i don’t want spammers spamming it, so it might be the better choice.  you can see it at: http://socialnetworkstrategies.wordpress.com/ 

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1 Comment

  1. Susan said,

    Stoopid spammers. Yeah, that’s the problem with wikis, unless you have a functional way to limit access permissions, they tend to make themselves at home. It’s a bummer to clean up after them…

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