Posts Tagged ‘Wikipedia’

ComputerWorld — Wiki: Silly name, useful technology

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Computer World:

March 12, 2009 (Network World) First appearing in 1995, the “wiki” approach to creating interactive and collaborative Web pages quickly became the star format for social networks, but too often business also-rans. Part of the problem comes from top-down managers uncomfortable with underlings making changes without authorization, and from stories of update wars on the most famous wiki, Wikipedia, the encyclopedia written by users. But successful corporate wikis abound, including SamePage from eTouch Systems.

Wiki is the Hawaiian word for fast, and wiki wiki is nonsensical, like saying “fast fast” or “run run.” The word sounds cute and friendly, another strike against the technology being accepted in the board room.