Wiki Visions

May 16, 2009

by — Posted in Technology

I may not have been working much on my blog over the last couple months, but one thing I have been working is my own personal wiki.  It’s not publicly editable so don’t bother trying. One thing I have found that it is useful for is an memory augmentation technique.  I can keep notes or lists to myself in it that I can easily go back to.

I’ve gotten so used to wiki editing and syntax that I am now incorporating a stand alone wiki into my normal work flow.   Now some of you do know that I run the Stars of Intrepid wiki to keep the memory of the people that played a great game in a great time period alive.   I saw uses for a wiki in this scenario long ago, and it’s gone OK.   It would be great if there was a greater participation, but it is what it is.   A moment trapped in time.  There are modifications occasionally, but it’s far from a vibrant community.

The best thing about a personal wiki is you are not dismayed when people are not contributing.  It’s all you.   It can be incomplete.   It can be riddled with problems.  It mirrors your mind, thought process, and line of thinking.   It is more of what you are.   Whenever I need to write something the wiki is now a well of information I can go back to, at least htat is part of the intent.

One of the major things I wanted the wiki for (at first) was to keep a list of all of my online profiles and accounts.   This makes a central repository that I can call upon to remember if I signed up for such and such a service.   The other thing it’s been useful is to map the flow information that I use for crossposting data across the internet.

When someone asks a question of how information is distributed I can give a very specific answer of the path it takes.   Others can look for themselves how I might produce a video in youtube and have it show up on vimeo.  If you haven’t tried keeping a wiki for your own information, I suggest that you do try it.  It is a different animal from a blog and is used completely differently.   It’s like comparing a book to an encyclopedia, both present information but in a completely different manner.

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