Deep Throat and the power of Wikis.

The power of collaborative development on Wikipedia is amazing – Mark Felt declared he was Deep Throat only on May the 31st, and I just happened, entirely by coincidence, to be reading about the Watergate scandal on Wikipedia, when I came across this:

“Decades of speculation ended on May 31, 2005 when the No. 2 official at the FBI in the early 1970s, W. Mark Felt, revealed that he was Deep Throat.”

An ordinary website would have taken a few days to update this page, ’cause it’s a bunch of guys in charge of a lot of information. With a wiki, there’s one person who ‘owns’ the page – that is, takes responsibility for keeping the page up-to-date (of course, anyone with a wikipedia account can edit it). The moment he/she read about the news item about Deep Throat, the page was updated.