When I visualize a positive future for the world, it’s networked, interconnected, creative, and emergent.Â It’s collaborative and aware of its history.Â It looks like a wiki.
Like podcasting has, wikis (beyond Wikipedia) may still prove to be a technology that saw a burst of nerdly excitement, then a long period of obscurity, and then a break into the mainstream.Â I’m hoping so.
The first wiki was created by Ward Cunningham in Portland, Oregon in 1995.Â It’s still up online!Â Cunningham has now been working on something called Federated Wiki, a very cool project that celebrated its 7th birthday this week. Wikipedia was launched in 2001 and in an era of rapidly increasing information warfare, there are few communities as experienced and prepared to help as the community of Wikipedia. Google, Facebook, and all of us should give it a lot more money.
One year ago this Summer, I was reading that first wiki, WikiWikiWeb, and thought – I want a wiki of my own!Â And so my private, personal, mobile-responsive wiki was born.Â (I use PMWiki software unloaded to my web host account.) It’s now my second-most visited site on the web (after Twitter) and I adore it so much! I put all my notes from reading in there, my notes from meetings, personal brainstorms, lots of things. I LOVE MY WIKI! I usually edit and read it on my phone. I love my “all recent pages” page, I love my “randomized list of 3 other pages” page.