Today the How To Wiki launched on WIRED, a collection of guides for how to Live, Work and Play better. Powered by Socialtext, licensed under Creative Commons, I have to say it is one of the better wiki implementations for a media brand -- and perhaps how things may be.
Seeded with last year's and this month's issue of How To Guides from WIRED Magazine, it begins with the style and culture of WIRED. But how it goes from there is a page that hasn't been edited yet.
It does differ in content and form from my other favorite how to guide wiki, wikiHow. How To guides, FYI, are also a very common use case behind the firewall for company wiki intranets (the biggest part of the Apple intranet, for example).
Some of my favorite Howtos so far:
- Get Off a Government Watch List
- Land a Fat Raise
- Rock at Guitar Hero
- Bake a Wii Cake
- Turn Your Flickr Crush Into Real Romance
- Find Tiny Dinosaur Bones
- Disable Your Passport's RFID Chip
- Make Your Own Viral Hit
This is a very ambitious project, bold for a media organization (remember Wikitorial?). I'm proud of the teams that drove this and look forward to something that could be a really fun community.