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Too much e-mail? Then, set up a wiki server. January 31, 2006

Posted by Matsu in Management, Technology.
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Last night I received the February 2006 edition of Inc Magazine. A teaser on the cover caught my eye. It said, “E-Mail overloaded? Time to get a wiki.” It pointed the curious reader to page 41 where an article titled “The end of e-mail” actually states that if you get too much e-mail, you may want to switch to a wiki server.

Now, I will be the first to admit that there is tremendous value in collaborative software, like a wiki server or SubEthaEdit. In fact, this past year I have gained a much greater appreciation for collaborative software tools as I have seen them used very effectively in meetings, both virtual (online) and in person. But, is a wiki really an equivalent replacement for e-mail? No, it’s not. But, it turns out that’s not what the article is suggesting.

The article suggests that if you are using e-mail to allow several people to create or edit a common document, then you should switch that work away from e-mail and onto a wiki server. Now, that makes a lot more sense to me. In fact, according to the Gartner Group, wikis will be installed on no less then half of all corporate networks by the year 2009.

My advice? Use e-mail to communicate and a wiki to collaborate.

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