First I ran across an article about social networking in the Boston Globe today (here) which looks at Spoke, LinkedIn, Ryze, ecademy and Tribe Networks and the benefits of online networking vs. f2f networking. It seems like the most popular usage for these sites these days is for job searching. I use it primarily to find new people to bounce off new ideas. It’s an ok article…
“But the e-mails that make him laugh out loud come from concerned newcomers who have just discovered they have total freedom to edit just about any Wikipedia entry at the click of a button. Oh my God, they write, you’ve got a major security flaw!”
. There are other great passages, including this one
“An Encyclopaedia Britannica editor once compared Wikipedia to a public toilet seat because you don’t know who used it last.”
It also has some other interesting tidbits – like an MIT study that found that an obscenity gets removed in an average of 1.7min…or that it contains 500,000 English articles compared to 65,000 in the 2005 edition of Britannica.
I am still amazed about how many people have not yet heard about Wikipedia.