Classification of social software
Social network software is developing for different use, a compare of their application fields is very difficult. I would like here to proposal a weighting – model so called “Two dimensional collected Information model“, which defines how the Information is collected. So mit one could use this definition to classified the software.
Model: Two dimensional collected Information
A collected Information has two dimensions:
Quantity-dimension – horizontal dimension – shows how many people involve in the collection process of information. For example a wiki is a collection process very strong in horizontal. Many people send information about a theme e.g. about “the hai”. The information come from a collective process, it must not be exactly, some time it could be a humbug
Quality-dimension – vertical dimension – shows how it is intensive and detailed by collection or production of information for a special theme . Here are important chronological details or an intensive reports. For example a publication about “the hai” from a scientist. The information comes from an intensive preprocess and it could be reviewed vor the publication. The author has responsibility of their text, therefore it has more quality. Blog is for example strong in the vertical dimension.
The classification here is not exact, but we could try to use it, to position the technology of different social software. The picture below shows my first classification of different social software after the two dimensional collected information
Fig.1: Social Software are classified after two dimensional collected Information
We could say:
Website of a company could have high quality content about company’s products, e.g. a handbook, but they could not bring more then what their owner want. The quantity is limit because of company’s capacity and policy.
Blog of a person or of a group brings high quality of information but they could not handle on many themes or many information sources.
Chat is more a communication between of two persons, the information is low in quality because it is limited on the interest of the persons
Forum is a better form of chat, what brings more information in quantity and quality. But it is mixed with some unqualified information.
Wiki brings a lot of information from many persons, but the quality should be average and the information should be reviewed
On the picture, we could indicate the potential of Bliki, it could be reach to an optimal point: high quality information and high quantity
The development of Bliki
But Bliki is not well-known, even it has developed since 2003, because Bliki development has focused only on the technical realization .
Bliki is an information system, which is a convergent of two technologies, one brings high quality information (blog) and the other quantity of informations with their wiki- authors.
So we should give more intension on the use and on the collect process information with bliki.
Base on this idea, Bliki could be a new tool for knowledge management and for computer added training.
The Anh Vuong, June 14 2008
From Wiki to Bliki
© 2008, Dr.-Ing.The Anh Vuong, Bielefeld, Germany .
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