Civilising Wikipedia

Last month, Wikipedia celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the founding of its English-language website, an online encyclopedia that can be edited by anyone. Today, Wikipedia has more than 55 million articles available in over 300 languages, in addition to the original English. It says that 1.7 billion unique visitors come to its websites every month. For many people, it’s the first stop on the Internet when you want the answer to “What is…?”, “Who is…?”, “Where is…?”, “When is/was…?”, etc. ‘Edited…

FIR 196: Speak up, Twitter

The June 2020 episode of The Hobson and Holtz Report features Neville and Shel discussing… Their appearance on Joe Jaffe’s broadcast show A report on the all-virtual IABC World Conference Twitter’s move to let users record and tweet audio (but only on iOS for now) Three new blockchain developments of interest to communicators Flipboard’s new Storyboard feature A user email that prompted Merriam-Webster to update a dictionary definition How Wikipedia became a battleground for racial justice Facebook’s news tab and…

IABC raises more awareness of PR and Wikipedia

Yesterday, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) published its latest edition of CW Bulletin, the monthly online supplement to CW, the association’s printed monthly magazine for members. Each edition of CW Bulletin presents articles, case studies and additional resources on timely topics in communication. The September edition is no different, with its focus on the issue of Wikipedia and public relations: […] the complexity of connecting with this online collaborative community poses challenges. The debate about whether, and to…

What if Wikipedia was a bit prettier and more usable?

Imaginative, well thought out ideas – they definitely make Wikipedia prettier – which I’m interpreting as meaning far easier to understand the structure and navigate it to the things that interest you. I’d argue that usability would be improved, too (I wonder what Jakob Nielsen would make of it?). Huge kudos to Lithuanian agency New! who is behind it. They’re open for discussion on their ideas – only an email address on the site, though – and it will be…

The journey begins: guidance from the CIPR on PR and Wikipedia published

It’s taken quite a while but it’s finally here – Wikipedia Best Practice Guidance for Public Relations Professionals: version 1 of a document that sets out a formal picture on how the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) believes public relations practitioners should behave when it comes to content on Wikipedia. The most controversial view clearly stated in the guidance – the concept of which has been in the doc since its earliest public incarnation as a draft made available…

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