The Long Tail of information sharing

The Long Tail of information sharing. Even on Wikipedia, fewer than 2% have contributed over 100 articles. Over 85% have contributed fewer than 5 articles. A Wiki inside an organisation is unlikely to reach critical mass, left to itself.

  1. Arun says:

    But I imagine, many in the 85% probably contributed stuff that the prolific guys never thought of. For instance, I know one guy who put up something on Ananth Pai (Tinkle, Amar Chitra Katha), and i doubt he probably ever added anything else. But you are right about wiki in an organization. Do you know an organization where a wiki has been used effectively?

  2. S Anand says:

    No, not offhand. We were planning to recommend it at one of our clients’, but I’m not going to do that any more.

  3. sathish says:

    if the organization strength is large – runs into many thousands or lakhs – I think the required critical mass might be acheived.. for smaller companies and small teams too, it might make sense – since, every one is liable to participate – especially product documentation – it would be easier make/correct and change.

  4. Arun says:

    Ah, ok.

  5. S Anand says:

    A colleague just reported that his current client is successfully using a Wiki. So may it’s not impossible after all…

  6. Madhu says:

    wiki is all about scale i think. The sergery brin special lecture at UCB is a case in point. You can access this at google videos