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CollegeWikis.com is the leading group messaging and information platform for students by students. Since its launch last year, CollegeWikis has become the group messaging platform of choice for over 50,000 students in more than 200 colleges, with over 600,000 topics.
On CollegeWikis, students can join groups for their school, courses, dorms, and more; then send and follow group messages to peers. Those messages then become wiki-editable pages on the site, providing information that is always accurate and searchable by others.
The original idea for the site came from Founder Joe DiPasquale’s experience in business school. He told us: “We had an email list for our class year, through which hundreds of messages were sent per week. But students faced two problems: the absence of group lists that we really wanted, like for our dorm or courses; and all the great content sent out over the list was soon buried in peopleâ€™s email inboxes. CollegeWikis not only provides these groups but also captures their content.”
|Launch Date||July 26, 2007|
|Tags||information, messaging, groups, mail, wiki, college, collegewikis, university, question, answers, social, students|
CollegeWikis.com is a site full of wikis for specific colleges. The site, which is built off of the MediaWiki framework, allows users to ask questions to a specific group (students in a certain dorm, class year, course, etc) of students at their school. When a question is asked, it’s e-mailed out through the wiki to other registered students in the group. If someone in the group knows the answer, they can reply to the question directly from their e-mail client. When the question is replied to, the answer is automatically posted to the wiki. This makes the answer easy to find for future users with the same question.
If the answer changes in the future, anyone can go into the wiki and correct it. If you already know everything about your college, you can skip the e-mail lists entirely and post your knowledge directly to the site.
To become a registered CollegeWikis user, students must have a valid .edu e-mail address from their school. Some of the CollegeWikis have active user bases around them (5% of Harvard undergrads have registered; 10% of Stanford undergrads; 14% of Tufts undergrads), while others don’t. For those that do, the students using them have turned their wikis into great resources. On the other hand, some other schools’ wikis look almost untouched. It will be interesting to see if they remain that way or if it’s simply a sign of the site being young.