Last week I had an interesting conversation with Noam Cohen from the NYT about Wikipedia vs. The Small Screen.
Some Internet specialists argue that Wikipedia should adjust to a mobile world by harnessing “micro-contributions” like those on Twitter and Facebook. For example, they suggest creating a “like” button similar to Facebook’s that would allow a reader to flag errors in Wikipedia articles, or to suggest those that need to be updated. Quickly adding photographs to a Wikipedia article from an editor with a smartphone is another possibility.
Specifically, we talked about an app that could ask: “you’re by a historic monument that we lack a picture of, would you like to take a photo?” Our devices permit us to make many contributions to twitter, Facebook, and Google, imagine what we could do for Wikipedia!