An Introduction to Blogs and Wikis in the Business World

CIO has an interesting article providing a good explanation of blogs and wikis and why you should care about them in the business world. From the article, blogs and wikis are an

Indispensable business collaboration tools and a powerful means of communicating with customers, partners and employees, wikis and blogs have been compared to e-mail in terms of their potential impact on the enterprise.

While the article provides an excellent introduction, isn’t it a little bit late? Blogs came about (at least the way we know them now) around 2001 and really became popular around 2004. The first wiki was up and running in 1995 and by the early 2000s were being increasingly adopted in the enterprise as collaborative software.

It would seem to me that an article of this type should have been written between 3 and 5 years ago, when the popularity of blogs and wikis were first beginning to blossom. By now, the concepts are pretty well entrenched in the online world, both the public and private sectors. Personal and corporate blogs spring up all of the time thanks to sites like Blogger, and the success of Wikipedia has helped wikis appear in more and more places as well.