Web 2.0 Applications



Pattern 1: Harnessing Collective Intelligence

Pattern 1: Harnessing Collective Intelligence is about Web 2.0 and how users add data, and therefore value to your web page or application, both implicit and explicit.
The kind of data the user can add can be:

  • Content
  • Comment
  • Chat
  • Upload
  • Share
  • Recommendations
  • Links
  • Aggregate
  • Filter
  • Search
  • Online interaction

Wikipedia, which is a free online encyclopaedia, is a good example of a site that is “harnessing collective intelligence”. Wikipedia relies on the users contribution only, and the users can even contribute to how the page is developed. Everyone can add and change articles, and because of this Wikipedia has had a reputation of not been trustworthy. How can you know that the article you are reading is not vandalised or that someone hasn’t edited the article to make them self look better? There have been episodes of companies editing their respective articles, so how do you know that the information is objective? In my opinion you have to read Wikipedia the same way as you would with every other web pages, in a critical manner. Does the article seem objective or not? Does the information seem trustworthy? In the end of the day all you can do is to trust that Wikipedia’s editors find mistakes quickly and correct them, which I believe they do for the most part. And you can’t really know whether the information in a book is correct either.

What is Wikipedia’s future like? They keep growing and growing, and there are more than 91,000 active contributors  working on more than 15,000,000 articles in more than 270 languages. As Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales said: “It stopped being just a website a long time ago. For many of us, most of us, Wikipedia has become an indispensable part of our daily lives”.  And a quote from a Wikipedia fan: “A shining example of the Internet’s awesome potential.” — Timothy Keesey. This doesn’t sound like an application that will die out any time soon. An idea of what Wikipedia could do to improve is to use video. They have an advantage with being digital instead of paper, why not use it?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:About
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Support_Wikipedia/en
http://games.slashdot.org/games/07/08/21/0212249.shtml
http://tim.oreilly.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html?page=1

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