Vote: Is Wikipedia credible enough for Google News?

While reading the latest ReadWriteWeb article “Google News May Add Wikipedia as a Source”, the question of news integrity crossed my mind. After conducting some research, I came up with the following rationalizations:

  1. The “too many eyes” theory: When a service is constantly being monitored by many concerned parties, excellence in performance is a must! The more the number of eyes watching, the better the content; this applies to Wikipedia.Try visiting Wikipedia, choosing any topic and editing its content to something useless like “bla, bla, bla!”, wait for a few minutes and then recheck. You will find that the useless content has been removed and replaced with the original content by one of the readers. This is a great example of data integrity on Wikipedia.

    "Too Many Eyes" By: Ken Sotrch

    "Too Many Eyes" By: Ken Sotrch

  2. The “reliable news sources” assumption: Why do we always assume that NYT is more reliable that Techcruch, for example? Is it the reputation of credibility that NYT has built throughout the years? And if so, is that enough to believe everything the NYT publishes or broadcasts? I think not. On the same grounds, why trust NYT more than Wikipedia as a news source, and so on?
  3. The “big whales make mistakes too” reality: Yes it’s a fact – very important news sources such as Britannica also have a certain percentage of errors in the content they offer and the studies they release to the public and since “no one is perfect”, Wikipedia included, that is absolutely natural.

To conclude, I believe in Wikipedia since it essentially gathers the knowledge and brain power of thousands, nay millions, of people out there into a collaborative space which could, in no way, be as biased or commercial as many other news sources. Therefore, in the debate of whether or not Wikipedia should be a source in Google News, I vote: “Yes”!

How about you, what’s your vote? Do you think Wikipedia is credible enough for Google News?

10 Social Media Campaigns that Rock! Learn How to do the Same!

What defines an exemplary social media campaign? What are the elements necessary to capture consumers’ attention and bring about interest and participation in any given social media campaign? What are the best recent social media campaigns online? How can we measure the success of a social media campaign?

A Brief Intro

It is definite that things in life are never just black or white; they usually come in different colors and shades which naturally applies to everything we do, see, touch, feel and so on.

Recently, one of the main focuses of companies with online presence and dedicated communities is creating and designing original, top-of-the-line, creative and motivating campaigns using social media.

Here is where the colors come in play! If we assume that colors are the intensity of a social media campaign’s success, brighter colors being most accomplished and so on, it can be quite difficult to determine which campaign was executed perfectly! Yet, after conducting some research, I have been able to highlight 10 brands that were able to pass the test with flying colors!

10 Social Media Campaigns that Rock:

1. “Give Me My Chuck” campaign – using social media to pressure the NBC to continue to broadcast the third season of Chuck!
[ See this campaign’s Social Media by Example review on Thoughtpick ]

Save Chuck Campaign

Save Chuck Campaign

2. Sea World’s Whale social media campaign – a unique integrated campaign that “serves as a bit of a reminder about some of the clever social media marketing that can be done beyond the typical diet of Facebook Pages, Twitter and YouTube.”
See this campaign’s Social Media by Example review on Thoughtpick ]

Mixx: Your Nappy Downtime is Affecting Our Waking Hours!

Mixx downtime got us thinking about how such incidents effect large sites, and any business can use this time to their advantage, or simply minimize the damage caused.

25 Social Media Jokes and Comics… Episode (1)

A collection of 25 funny jokes and caricatures related to social media, from Facebook to Twitter. Enjoy!

69% of Web News is Google, Twitter, iPhone, Yahoo and Microsoft!

Is Microsoft, Twitter, iPhone, Yahoo and Google news the only hot topics in the world? If 69% of news is dedicated to those 5 giants, how will start ups ever be seen or heard? Are news resources being fair with new, creative start ups with original ideas and well-executed implementation?

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You’re not a writer? Try Tumblelogs!

You’re not a writer? Try Tumblelogs!

Example Tumblelog (http://project.ioni.st/)

Many of us dream to have the ability to express ourselves fully and openly to the world surrounding us. Many often opt to, maybe one day, become great writers, and have the ability to write about what we feel, what we learn, the things we see, our experiences, the sensations we go through and the […]

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Google@Omgili Debate: Which Side Are You On?

Google@Omgili Debate: Which Side Are You On?

Google Omgili in action!

Google@Omgili is a new mashup. But, will it bring about change or is it just another Web 2.0 tool that will waste our time? We will start by offer you a list of pros and cons, and we urge you to join the discussion and let us know your opinion and if you think Google@Omgili is worth while.

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Top 7 Crimes Best Bloggers Commit!

Top 7 Crimes Best Bloggers Commit!

Crimes a Blogger can commit :) ... Thanks to "Call thedoctor" of Flickr

Here is a one stop read of the top 7 mistakes that bloggers and site owners fall into after creating original and unique pages...

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What Would A Stumbler Thumb Up?

What Would A Stumbler Thumb Up?

Etsy: Buy/Sell Everything Handmade

What are the hottest topics floating around the world wide web? What are the basis on which users of Digg. Reddit, Stumble Upon, Mixx and other social bookmarking sites pick their favorite blogs posts, pages and sites? How could you create something that will stand out amongst a crowded virtual world of endless knowledge and […]

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Interview140 with Skashliwal the Writer

Interview140 with Skashliwal the Writer

Thoughtpick's twitter interviews...

Interview140 is a series of Twitter interviews in 140 characters combining our expertise in web marketing and social media with the experience of active, hand-picked Twitter users about different topics of interest to the whole Twitter community.

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