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Multi-user games, wikipedia, e-bay, Amazon, Internet Movie Database. They all involve — in different ways — the co-creation of value between a platform provider and a social network enabled by that platform. Which raises issues of trust and authority.
From a Guardian article on Wikipedia:
To its fans, it is a fantastic research resource – albeit one that you should use with caution; and an incredible example of what can be achieved by collaboration and cooperation over the internet. To its detractors – mostly those from the traditional world of encyclopedias and librarianship, it is barely worthy of the label “encyclopedia”. [Guardian Unlimited | Online | Simon Waldman on Wikipedia’s success]