Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard it all: social media, social networks… but have we been paying attention to social knowledge?
As Formentin points out:
“Whereas Social Media is amorphous (the basic “unit” is simply whatever I choose to write) and Social Networking is egocentric (the “unit” is, well, me), Social Knowledge is informative (the “unit” is an article or an answer). It’s a framework where anyone – not exclusively experts- can educate other people by sharing what they know.” (source)
Ok, I can dig. And WikiAnswers fits right in there with its wiki Q&A model: education by and for the masses. Or, to paraphrase from Abe:
“…And those answers of the people, by the people, for the people.“