From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
A wiki is a medium which can be edited by anyone with access to it, and provides an easy method for linking from one page to another. Wikis are typically collaborative websites , though there are now also single-user implementations. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work".
Michael Blowhard on wikis
- "Although you can use a wiki tool to build a fairly-conventional website, wikis generally seem to function best when they're used to create databases of interlinked entries. Personality may play a role here. It seems to me that blogs lend themselves to people who thrive on taking note of the passing scene -- snapshooters -- while wikis are better-suited to people who want what they say to retain its meaning and significance for somewhat longer than a firefly-flash. I often think of Friedrich von Blowhard as a born wiki-head, for example; John Emerson is another brainiac who owes it to himself to have a wrestle with wiki-making. Two guys with interesting, encyclopedic minds who have actually gone ahead and created sites that are essentially personal wikis -- Wikipedias of their own heads -- are Zompist and Jahsonic." --Michael Blowhard via Website-Making Tools for Non-Geeks