For Weblogs & Wikis, we had to read up on working on Wikis. To be honest, this will probably be the hardest thing for me in the class. The reason is because unlike blogging and Twitter; I, like my classmate Ivory Hilliard, I have never dipped my toes in a Wiki.
Not Picture Perfect Yet
The thing I have learned about working with the class wiki is that the pictures will be the hardest part for me. I attempted to insert a picture into the wiki page I did on Bemidji State University and the wiki page on me. I think that this is due to the fact that I have worked with blog posts enough to know how blog posts and pictures work.
I Googled how to put a picture in a Wiki and Wikipedia has a page on it. That page seems slightly helpful, but not really. And of course, looking at other pages on the class wiki isn’t as helpful as I would like.
Markup is for Magazines, Markdown is for Wikis
I believe that apart of the issue for the picture issue is that I don’t understand the markdown process. Markdown just being the style in which we write on the pages. I am use to HTML to an extent since I use to work on the BSU Student Senate website last year.
Bringing in Levinson on Wikis
Something I can see the upside about Wikis and Wikipedia is that they bring in sources on information on a topic much quicker than having to do several Google searches. All though Levinson refers to Tim Russert’s death – who ever that is – in this book, I will use the example Whitney Houston’s Death.
Whitney Houston’s Death
Yesterday at 12:45 PM, my cell phone received this tweet from one of the people I’m following:
I did not see this tweet nearly four plus hours later since I was busy doing an interview process for the BSU Res Life department. In over a day, Houston’s Wikipedia page grew from a short paragraph on here death to this:
The nice thing about Wikipedia is that the footnotes that each page has – or should have – is that they bring the reader to the website that the info is taken from.
Newspaper or Encyclopedia? Both? Neither?
Levinson asks what Wikipedia is? To be honest, I view Wikipedia to be the jumping off point of research. The reason why is because Wikipedia is updated fast, but it does give the resources that the writer of the page(s) used.
Now, the nice thing about Wikis – and according to class, Wikipedia is a wiki – is that they, like blogs, can focus on a particular subject matter. Wikipedia is marketed as an online encyclopedia and it basically is. But the nice thing about wikis on particular subject matters is that you have people working on the same information to get it right.