I have created this Voki. I found directions for it in the sandbox wiki. I need to go back to that wiki to post there, but I needed to send this Voki somewhere, and it wouldn't post on the wiki. I didn't want to waste it! Children in China are......... never mind, that's not true anymore. Children in China are soon to be academically outperforming the children I teach. OK, the link doesn't work. I have tried to get this thing going for about 40 mins. Now I am stopping. I also can't get rid of th link, so don't click on it. It takes you to a page that says that there isn't a page. It was a nice Voki, a husky dog that talks.
On to the assigned posting - I think that as with mash-ups, people often don't even know that they are looking at a wiki. Many of the ones that I sampled looked like simple web pages. I guess that's one of the hallmarks of a wiki - their simplicity. As Chad F. Boeninger says in his chapter for the class text Library 2.0 and Beyond, Wikis find uses as communication tools, as collaborative process tools, and as research guides for library patrons. Although I found the initial idea of working with a wiki to be intimidating, it is a very easy way to clearly communicate with people that I don't talk to but need to work with.
Beoninger, C. F. (2007). The wonderful world of wikis: applications for libraries. In N. Courtney's Library 2.0 and Beyond. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.