Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Practicum 7 - Kasi
Although Wikia is not a social networking site in itself, it does allow users to construct a public profile and list connections with other users by tagging their friends’ usernames into their home page. Related to my last practicum post, many of these users seemed to know each other in their real lives offline, and the Glee wiki seemed to be a way to maintain connections with established friend groups for some users. I think a natural next step for the site would be allowing users to “friend” others, and having a separate box on their profile listing these connections. The sense of an already established community may have deterred my desire to participate because I felt like an outsider most of the time. The wiki was extremely structured by the administrators, and they were more argumentative and critical than other users.