A wiki is a collaborative web site workspace that multiple people may edit together, share files and documents and collaborate all while using a simple web browser.
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Oct. 25, 2008

Putting Facebook & Twitter (and Wikis) to Work

By Steven Mollman - For CNN

"Wikis, online pages that any user can edit, surged in popularity among consumers thanks partly to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Not long after businesses hopped aboard with tools geared for them.

One of those, PBwiki, has seen the number of individual business wikis created with it jump to well over 40,000, up from less than 20,000 a year ago and only about 5,000 two years ago.

A Los Angeles design firm called The Groop, which uses PBwiki for creative collaboration among teams and clients, claims to have realized $1 million in annual productivity gains with it."


Scroll down below and check out the YouTube video: "Wikis in Plain English"

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MCC Mattel Recall group project wiki:


YouTube: "Wikis in Plain English" (3:52)



Also check out the PBWiki Manual


Wikis using Wetpaint

Wetpaint powers websites that tap the power of collaborative thinking. The heart of the Wetpaint advantage is its ability to allow anyone — especially those without technical skill — to create and contribute to websites written for and by those who share a passion or interest. To do this, Wetpaint combines the best aspects of wikis, blogs, forums and social networks so anyone can click and type on the web.


YouTube: "Wetpaint in Plain English" (2:34)




Wikis using Google Sites

Google Sites, a new offering from Google, makes creating a team site as easy as editing a document. Use Google Sites to centralize all types of information — from videos to presentations — and share your site with just a few people, your entire organization, or the world.


YouTube: "Google Sites: Simple, secure group web sites" (2:54)




Google Picassa - photo management system on your computer and online (5:03)






An Open Source Wiki-Spreadsheet The wikiCalc program lets you make web pages with more than just paragraphs of prose. It combines the ease of authoring and multi-person editing of a wiki with the familiar visual formatting and calculating metaphor of a spreadsheet. Written in Perl and released under the GPL 2.0 license, it can easily be setup to run on almost any server as a web application or on a personal computer to publish by FTP.


Using a wiki isn’t just about learning new software — it’s also about learning a completely new way of approaching common problems. In order to make wikis work for your team, a culture shift may be needed. Explaining how wikis work is important, but equally so is making sure that people know what the wiki is for and that they have permission to write and re-write as needed. There can be a hesitancy to participate without a clear green light to do so in situations where documentation was previously done in a different way (or not at all).