My inbox chimed with a very interesting notification today. Apparently, maymay.net has made it into AbousUs.org’s database. For thsoe of you who have never heard of AboutUs, don’t worry, neither did I until today.
AboutUs claims to be
a wiki whose goal is to create a free and valuable Internet resource containing information both about websites and other related data. The site was pre-populated with information about many different websites and thousands of updates are now being made by people each day.
This strikes me as an interesting (and vague) concept, not because of its novelty (after all, Yahoo! did very much the same thing before even Google got into the information harvesting frenzy) but because of its methodology. The site bears an obvious resemblance to Wikipedia in more ways that one. It runs the same software (MediaWiki), is a wiki, and openly calls for help from the global community to keep its information accurate and growing.
But really, how meta can we usefully get, right? How long do you think it’ll take before a web site proclaiming to be a valuable resource for information on web site directories pops up?