The McMommy Chronicles discovers WikiAnswers.

This is just way too cool. Check out this process, as described by The McMommy Chronicles blogger, as to how she discovered (and got addicted to) WikiAnswers:

“I found something today called WikiAnswers. I found it because someone came to my blog by googling “Kate Gosselin’s sister blog” And it got me wondering…kate gosselin has a sister and she blogs?? So when I googled it, it brought me to Wiki Answers. Holy Addictive-ness! You should see all the questions people ask about kate gosselin! If you don’t believe me, click here to see for yourself. You can even find out if Kate has ever been in jail. You CAN!” (source)

You just gotta love the inner workings of the wonderful interwebs. I wonder what McMommy is working on over at WikiAnswers right now… Let’s hope she’s having a wonderful WikiExperience!

How well do you know New York City?

I know… it’s been a while. For the past two weeks I’ve been visiting my hometown, a little place called New York City. Not familiar with it? Here are some New York City Q&A to get you started.

And, of course, it is WikiAnswers Wednesday so I will continue to share the NYC love and post relevant quickie questions. And believe me on the answers, I was just there.

What is there to do in Manhattan?

Absolutely nothing. It’s one of the lamest cities I’ve ever known.

What are the five boroughs of NYC?

The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and… what’s the fifth one again? Gracie Mansion? Times Square? Long Island?

Where is Brooklyn?

Brooklyn is a state of mind.

How far is New Jersey from NYC?

Not far enough.

Call for teachers: the WikiAnswers classroom project.

 

In recent years the potential for computers and the internet as educational tools has grown tremendously. When I was an elementary school student, ‘computer class’ meant going once a week to play Lemonade Stand in a stuffy closet with a bunch of dusty Apple II’s and Commodores.

Twenty-plus years later, students in middle school and high school are not only computer savvy, but also benefit greatly from education using alternative tools on the internet.

I’ve begun a hunt for teachers who prefer alternative methods of learning to try out an idea brewing: a WikiAnswers classroom project, where a class can work on asking and answering questions on WikiAnswers in a topic they are studying for class (there are currently 3,073 categories and counting!). The teacher might want to seed the questions and have students work together to answer them, or the students might want to quiz each other; the possibilities are vast and I’d be happy to work with teachers to figure out ways to use WikiAnswers as an educational tool.

In fact, if there is a category you’d like to try with your students that doesn’t yet exist on WikiAnswers, we’d be happy to add it! Most categories have a Supervisor dedicated to growing them and protecting them from vandals, and would be happy to work with you.

Leave a comment if this idea appeals to you and your class.

Oh! The places you’ll go…

GraduationCongratulations to all the graduates out there! That’s a pretty awesome achievement. What are your plans now? Have you mapped out the next 5 years of your life? Ten?

No? Why not!?

I kid. I kid. I will tell you that I’m incredibly jealous of you at this moment. You’re young and ambitious. You’re still optimistic and haven’t become jaded by the industry. You’ve got fresh ideas and your whole life ahead of you. Not that I’m THAT much older than you but seriously, 9 years makes a lot of difference.

I remember my graduation from UNC (GO HEELS!) like it was yesterday. Those Carolina blue robes and all that sunshine…

*sigh*

In honor of your big day, I wanted to highlight one of the best commencement speeches ever given. It’s not from MY graduation, but I’ve heard people talk about it and I feel like everyone needs some good advice from time to time. The quote is from Jerry Zucker…he talks about the art of making mistakes.

If you’re going to fail, fail big. If you don’t, you’re never going to make a difference. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Ask yourself one question: If I didn’t have to do it perfectly, what would I try? For many of you, the biggest obstacle to getting there will be a fear that you have carried with your since childhood — the fear of humiliation, of embarrassment, of ridicule. That is SO stupid!

Jerry Zucker
University of Wisconsin
May 17, 2003

So that’s it, guys. Get out there and fail a little. It’ll help you succeed.

Speaking of succeeding…have you decided yet what you’ll do with the rest of your life? Still no!? Ugh. Fine. So in the meantime, go and ask or answer questions about Job Training and Career Qualifications!

In computer terms what is a nibble?

There are all kinds of weird computer slang out there. Trying to decode it is like trying to hold a RAM by the horns while avoiding its bytes.

Here’s this week’s WikiAnswers Wednesday:

In computer terms what is a nibble?

In computer terms, a nibble is what I take when I’m eating chocolate chip cookies around the keyboard and my husband yells at me. Actually, those are more like big girl bites multiplied by hungry monster.

‘Facing Tomorrow’ with a top Googler and a Facebook friend.

A few of us from the Answers Corp crew are attending the Presidential Conference: Facing Tomorrow taking place in Jerusalem, Israel, hosted by its president, Shimon Peres. Fancy, right? We’ll be brushing shoulders with world leaders, politicians, authors, celebrities and technology geeks. The latter is where we fit in, of course.

Many of the speeches and panel discussions are covering technology, new media and the future of this booming global business. We are looking forward to learning as well as sharing – in true WikiAnswers spirit.

Personally, I wouldn’t mind chatting up Mark Zuckerberg or Sergey Brin, who are both attending… If we get the chance, we could recruit those two brains for answering some Technology questions

Answers.com in ze bag.

Startup Schwag

Check this out: Startup Schwag is a blog/subscription to receive all kinds of schwag from all kinds of start ups. Every month a new package is delivered to you, chock full of t-shirts. stickers, etc. Here’s the deal in their words:

Startup Schwag™ is a web2.0 startup schwag tshirt of the month club. It’s based on a simple, wonderful idea recently abandoned by RubyRed Labs in San Francisco: Valley Schwag. They shipped Silicon Valley schwag to subscribers every month. In April 2007, they stopped shwagging.

The April edition bag o’ schwag included Answers.com t-shirts! I’d love to know how many folks are now walking around with Answers.com: I’ve got all the answers t-shirts.

Answers.com t-shirt

Got something to prove? Get your own t-shirt here.

Word to your mother…

Mothers DayIt’s almost Mother’s Day. Word.

I like Mother’s Day because I feel like mothers are those people we all take for granted. We all have one…some of us have lost one…some of us feel like we’re stuck with one. But we all came from a mother.

Let’s all take a moment and give thanks to the woman who gave birth to us. Here…I’ll start.

Thanks, Gloria. Thanks for giving birth to me! Since we live on different continents, am I still obligated to buy you a gift??

What are other people wondering? Well, someone asked “What can you give your wife on Mother’s Day if you are broke?” Luckily, folks came to the asker’s rescue. Picnics. Homemade cards. You know the drill.

And then someone else, maybe a little bitter, asked “If you don’t like your stepmother very much what should you give her for Mother’s Day?

Other folks are still waiting for answers. Can you help any of them out?

Word to your mother, people. Word. Go ask and answer questions about Mother’s Day now.

Who is who you are?

Feeling introspective. To be or not to be? I think therefore I am… E=MC2. Or something. Roll out the WikiAnswers Wednesday question:

Who is who you are?

You are you; you is you? I am me. One has oneself as their own. You have you, me has me. You has me. You has me at hello. Can I has you? I can has cheezburger?

That’s proves what I already thought: Introspection is for people with too much time on their hands. Good day.

Why librarians are important.

Elisabeth at Web 2.0 newbie diary lends her opinion on librarians participating on Q&A sites like WikiAnswers:

“I think it is very important that libraries get involved in answering questions, so that people remember that this is what we do. The difference in quality between the librarian’s answers and other answers was interesting.”

The WikiAnswers folks couldn’t agree more, as commented by Ksmail, one of WikiAnswers’ top Supervisors. WikiAnswers has become a top destination for the librarians participating in the Slam the Boards project. We hope librarians continue to contribute their knowledge and expertise to the fastest growing wiki Q&A site!