Time for another poll!

There was a time before the internet.  Thankfully that time is now over (for the global elite anyway).

I was reading an article praising Wikipedia in the Economist and encountered the following thought provoking comment by the reader No Mist:

is there any alternative to WP ? as such WP is the single most valuable human creation on planet. it is indispensable … so much so that internet loses 90% of its importance if ever WP vanishes from the cyberworld.

And this from Lear21:

The hidden success of Wikipedia is the most underreported story of this decade. Forget Facebook, myspace, ebay and amazon. It is Wikipedia which enables mankind to use the internet in a noble manner.

I suggest that Mr. Jimmy Wales should be a candidate for either the Literature or Noble Peace Prize.

This got me thinking.  While I definitely use gmail, google and facebook very often, these are services/resources that are more easily replaceable (despite their inferiority, the Yahoo! and bing search engines seem capable of doing a lot of the same basic searches that Google does, etc).  As No Mist and Lear21 suggest, Wikipedia really does seem like a noble and incredible human achievement.

Anyway, this brings us to the second Kabcity Poll:

I have decided to ignore the thorny path of defining words like “better”, “greater than”, or “more important than” by using “>”.  Please vote!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kb
    Feb 09, 2011 @ 17:06:27

    I am confused. Are you trying to say that Wikipedia > Google + Facebook? Or that Wikipedia > Google AND Wikipedia > Facebook? I think it’s the latter but would appreciate clarity…

    kb

    PS. I miss discussing this shit in the cubicles when we were meant to be working.

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  2. Kabs
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 00:13:03

    kb – I have decided to leave that for the reader to decide. I also thought that it was possible to vote for multiple choices in this poll, but it seems I was wrong.

    Reply

  3. Rach
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 03:58:05

    WP is definitely > Facebook/Google when it comes to inspiring Thumper’s former pod-musings. And that’s got to stand for something.

    PS: Love the use of info graphics in this post, Kabir.

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  4. Kabs
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 17:41:30

    Oh man you have no idea how much time I spent creating that “info graphic”. Paint must be the most underrated free software around. I hope this blog will trace my climb to info graphic designer extraordinaire.

    Reply

  5. SLE
    Feb 27, 2011 @ 16:11:16

    Check out quora.com.
    It’s pretty good.

    Reply

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