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DokuWiki is an amazing, simple and customizable Wiki system

DokuWiki is one of those "I can't believe we've never covered it!" tools. It's not new; it's not cutting-edge. It's solid, and tested, and it's been around for years, and it is one of the best Wiki systems on the planet, in my opinion. DokuWiki is great for content sites where you have one editor and the rest of the world just reads the wiki; it's also great for collaborative wikis, and there was...

Wikia gets into the lyrics business, acquires LyricWiki

Most people have heard of Wikipedia, but Wikia (co-founded by Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales) is a little bit less well-known. It's a collection of fan-based wikis where people can obsessively catalog info about sports teams, bands, movies, and all kinds of other pop culture material. The latest addition to Wikia is song lyrics, now that the company has purchased LyricWiki. In the process of snapping...

Google integrates Picasa, Google Docs, calendars, etc with Google Sites

For ages people have been wondering when Google was going to roll out the mythical "GDrive" that would allow users to upload files to a Google server and access them from a single place. Well, that still hasn't quite happened yet, because you can't exactly add Google as a shared network drive (without using third party software) and backup your files. But Google rolled out a new feature this...

Wikipedia to color-code unreliable information

Wikipedia recently announced plans for a new feature that will color-code every word of every entry according to its reliability. Go ahead and make the obvious joke ("Aren't they all unreliable?" Ha. Ha.), but the way they're going about it actually sounds pretty smart. The optional color-coding feature is called "WikiTrust," and it codes each word according to how long it's been on the page and...

The Kids Open Dictionary Builder: Do they define better than they punctuate?

Lower your geek radar detector. You got me. I am a tech blogger. I also have a degree in library science. Guilty as charged, just put me on a cell block with wireless and a supply of graphic novels. I am a librarian who is really okay with wikis. Would I accept every entry in one as gospel? No, but questioning is good in print, too. I believe wikis are, by and large, a decent starting point for...

Google Sites expands: Anybody can create wiki-like pages

A few months ago, Google launched Google Sites, a hosted wiki product built on JotSpot technology. But until this week, Google Sites was only available to Google Apps users, which basically meant you needed to have your own domain name to set up a wiki. Now Google is opening Google Sites up to everyone. If you've been living in a cave for the past few years, a wiki is basically a page that's...

Google relaunches Jotspot as Google Sites

Nearly a year and a half after acquiring Jotspot, Google has finally opened the hosted-wiki service back up to the public. Now branded as Google Sites and packaged as part of Google Apps, the service aims to help users create group collaboration tools that can be easily edited and changed. From within Google Apps, administrators can control which users can access a specific site and what, if any...

Checkser: a wiki for checklists

Checkser is niche application of the wiki concept: users create/edit checklists for topics ranging from "What to look for when buying a home" to "Things to do before leaving for a vacation." The checklists are useable (you can click checkboxes to mark items), and editable anonymously or with an OpenID signature. While editing a checklist, you can drag/drop list items in whatever order you choose....

Twitter Pack Project: Find Twitter-ers by topic, location

If you're new to the whole Twitter scene, and your friends have yet to climb on the bandwagon, your Twitter page might be looking awful lonely. You might have no one to stalk, er, follow-and no one is following you. Enter the Twitter Pack Project, a wiki where the community recommends fellow Twitter-ers by topic of interest or geographical area. The Twitter Pack Project has lists of all shapes...

Google puts Wikipedia in the crosshairs with Knol

If we were Jimmy Wales, we'd have bought a bullet proof vest long ago. Google has just set Jimmy up the bomb; Announcing 'Knol', a human powered index of knowledge which seeks to rival Wikipedia in accountability, and thus accuracy. Knol will focus on credit for authors who "own" pages within the system. Write a bad page, lose your reputation. Write a better page than one which currently...

Office 2.0 Conference for next gen workers

As the shift towards online applications grows strong, so do the conferences and events that promote working online. The Office 2.0 conference is just around the corner in San Francisco, September 5-7th 2007. The event is aimed at the discovery of future online productivity and collaboration efforts brings together leaders and visionaries in the field to discuss innovative online services, and...

JotSpot = Google Wiki? and the launch of Google Presentations

The word on the web is that Google could be transforming JotSpot into a Google Wiki. Google acquired the WYSIWYG wiki website creator last October, and there have been numerous discussions about what they could be doing with it. From making it into the GDrive storage location for storing and sharing spreadsheets, calendars, files and photos, to integrating it into Google Apps as a business wiki....

Simple HTML to Wiki Converter

With the help of the html2wiki converter you can easily convert any HTML webpage, Google doc, or blog post into the correct Wiki compatible markup. This is especially useful for those of you who don't use wikis regularly and are frustrated with having to learn a whole new markup language just to get your document to look right on Wikipedia or your office Intranet. This WikiConverter will fetch a...

Color coding Wikipedia entries based on author reputations

You can't trust everything you read on Wikipedia. Of course, the same is true of the newspaper or pretty much anything else you read. But since pretty much anyone can edit Wikipedia entries, readers really have to take entries with a grain of salt. Computer engineering associate professor Luca de Alfaro at the University of California, Santa Cruz has developed a tool that help you relax your...

8apps takes social networking to the next level

Social networking sites have become an increasingly popular way for people to connect professionally but, once you've added someone to your contact list, what then? 8apps is one of the first sites we've seen that answers that question. It goes beyond just connecting people and actually gives them tools to develop whatever brainstorms happen to come up once they get to know each other. Like other...