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Evaluating Web Content

Blogs and Wikis

How to tell them apart

Before addressing how to evaluate content on blogs and wikis, letís consider how to tell them apart. At times, it can be difficult to determine if you are viewing a blog or a wiki.

To determine which is which, consider the following:

Blogs

A blog is a Web-based journal entry platform that can accept reader comments. Entries are usually presented in reverse chronological order.

Examples: AltSearchEngines, Instapundit.com, TechCrunch

To evaluate the content on a blog, look for these clues:

Wikis

A wiki is a publishing platform on which many people can contribute new content and revise existing content. The content benefits from the collective knowledge base and the dynamic nature of the contributions.

Examples: Wikipedia, wikiHow, Wikimedia Commons

To evaluate the content on a wiki, look for these clues:

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