social software lorea bidegain   Two phenomena have become especially important on the Internet in recent months, making the web more participative: b-logs and wiki pages. It’s curious that these two resources were created last century, but have developed and gained strength little by little, multiplying their users year by year until becoming the phenomena that they are today. The principal characteristics of b-log and wiki isn’t their technological complexity, it’s the possibility they give users to participate. And they also make things easy for nontechi users. Any user can create and transform contents in an intuitive way, with both b-logs and wiki. Communication is not one-directional, it’s multi directional and comes from the most diverse origins. wiki

Wiki pages can be edited. In other words, you can change the contents of a page on made with wiki technology while you seeing it. And to do so, you don’t need to know how to use HTML or other languages. All you have to do is to learn how to use a few simple labels in order to format the text and, more importantly, to create links to pages on the same website or to pages on other websites. All the changes are saved and you can always, at any moment, recover an older version of the site. So wiki pages are open documents, which offer users the possibility of participating, correcting, updating or broadcasting as if the work were done by several people together in the same part of a town. Thanks to all these advantages, some projects developed with wiki technology have been highly successful, for example Wikipedia. What’s more, wiki technology continually adapts itself tp new sectors (business, education...) as it is an excellent tool for being able to work in teams.
Wikipedia is the best-known, most famous example of wiki technology, created in spring 2001 by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non profit making organisation. Thanks to users’ participation, it is the largest encyclopedia on the Internet (a million and a half articles in 92 languages) and one of the 50 most visited websites.
Wikimedia has other interesting projects. Wiktionary (a dictionary and theosaurus), Wikibooks (textobooks and libros de bolsillo), Wikiquote (proverbs), Wikimedia Commons (a freeaccess resource with images, music, audiovisual material and texts.


B-logs are something like the daily newspapers of the Internet. They are tools for publishing texts on the Internet. These texts are then ordered chronologically, the most recent texts appearing at the top. They are normally written by a single author and are about specific subjects, although there are also texts by several authors or without specific subjects. Readers can make contributions to the texts, so this stiumlates users’ participation, sometimes making them real forums. As with wiki, any user can manage a blog without having technical knowledge. This has made blogs successful and well-known rapidly. Most of them are personal, but there are also more and more in the business world. As well as text b-logs, there are also photo, video, audio and web-novel b-logs. The latter is a vey curious case, new technologies allowing the creation of a new literary genre. The novels are written chapter by chapter and these are published very frequently. Authors use the first person singular is a rather hyper-realist style, breaking the frontiers between the leading characters. Normally you can write to the author-character and influence the development of the story.

Alianzo is a company recently created in Barakaldo by José Antonio de la Moral, the creator of CyberEuskadi. Alianzo creates and manages social websites and blogs. These tools also help with shared work, the creation and transmission of knowledge between people who are in distant places of work. Alianzo works with social software and the animation networks created with this type of technology. In the business world this type of programs make collaboration and the transmission of knowledge easier.