Daily Archives: May 6, 2007

Wikipedia is still Web 1.0

How many websites are there that takes any url and convert that into a tag cloud and give it back to you? ZoomClouds.com and TagCloud.com offer converting an RSS feed into a tag cloud. TagMyCloud.com converts plain text you paste in a textbox into a tag cloud. TagCrowd.com also converts plain text, but allows either pasting text or uploading a file. However, at present ToCloud.com is the only one offering converting any webpage into a tag cloud.

So, tocloud.com was listed on Wikipedia under http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tag_Cloud under external links. Within the brief time it was on Wikipedia, several users visited the website and even built their own tag clouds and put them on their web pages. Check some of these users. However, one moderator removed the link with a comment “non-notable and advertisement”.

I don’t have any problem with moderating. But I do have objection to the type of moderation. First and foremost, wikipeida itself lives off of donations. So, what’s wrong for a service provider to generate revenue in whatever legal way possible (placing ads in this case), as long as there is some service that the end users are interested in? If the public doesn’t donate, what would happen to Wikipedia? Sure some bigwig corporations will run the show, but with some ulterior motives.

The second issue I have with the moderator’s comment is “non-notable”. IMHO, the comment sounds like Wikipedia is modeled towards “rich get richer” scheme. I mean, if Wikipedia wants to link only the notable links, what happens to all the people who are interested in building their own tag clouds? Just because any of the sites mentioned above are not popular doesn’t mean that the “Tag Cloud” concept is limited to the services provided by just del.icio.us and flickr. Is it? And who is a single moderator to be able to decide what is notable and what is not? This is where Wikipedia should grow into a Web 2.0 model. Let everyone vote whether an external link should belong in an article or not. Those that get lesser votes will go down and the rest will bubble up.

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