What is a Wiki and how do you use it anyway?

With the incredible surge of social media, there are a ton of new products, terms, widgets, and tools floating around. It’s a tremendous mess to try and sort through all of these products, but if you’re able, they can be extremely helpful.

One tool that we are initiating as an online aid to our facilitators is the wiki. According to wikipedia (the most well-known public wiki today), a wiki is “a type of computer software that allows users to easily create, edit and link web pages. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites, power community websites, and are increasingly being installed by businesses to provide affordable and effective Intranets or for use in knowledge management.”

Don’t be shrugged off by the ‘computer software’ claim though. There are many online hosts for wikis, including wetpaint and pbwiki, that are free and require no technical knowledge whatsoever.

Inc. Technology this week has a great article about wikis that explains how and why people are adopting them for businesses. You can access it here.

In the meantime, has anyone already used a wiki? Have you found it beneficial?

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