WikiWikiWeb to Wikipedia

WikiWikiWeb is the first ever wiki or the user editable website. It was launched by Ward Cunningham on March 25, 1995. It is mentioned as the place where people started their blog journey or wiki journey. The idea came up about by the solving a simple problem i.e. to to exchange the concepts and ideas among the programmer, and initial software and website (www.c2.com) was launched. The site is frequently referred to by its users as simply “Wiki”, and a convention established among users of the early network of wiki sites that followed was that using the word with a capitalized W referred exclusively to the original site.

Cunningham says his goals were to link together people’s experiences to create a new literature to document programming patterns, and to harness people’s natural desire to talk and tell stories with a technology that would feel comfortable to those not used to “authoring”.

Ward Cunningham and co-author Bo Leuf, in their book The Wiki Way: Quick Collaboration on the Web, described the essence of the Wiki concept as follows:

  • A wiki invites all users — not just experts — to edit any page or to create new pages within the wiki Web site, using only a standard “plain-vanilla” Web browser without any extra add-ons.
  • Wiki promotes meaningful topic associations between different pages by making page link creation intuitively easy and showing whether an intended target page exists or not.
  • A wiki is not a carefully crafted site created by experts and professional writers, and designed for casual visitors. Instead, it seeks to involve the typical visitor/user in an ongoing process of creation and collaboration that constantly changes the website landscape.

Over the time wiki has been characterised as follows:

  1. Editing the pages.
  2. Navigation
  3. Linking and creating pages
  4. Searching

Wikipedia became the most famous wiki site, entering the top ten most popular websites in 2007. And on March 15, 2007, the word wiki was listed in the online Oxford English Dictionary.