Why Wikipedia Should Be Your New LinkedIn
"They be lying through they teeth; hope you slip up off your path; I don't switch up - I just laugh, put my kicks up on they desk" Lupe Fiasco, "The Show Goes On"
NEW YORK ( MainStreet)There's a slew of articles online about how to use LinkedIn and other social media to build your resume. I utilize all those social media platforms for business and professional purposes as well, but I'm not really on a level where LinkedIn, for example, is of much use to me for a real resume. LinkedIn is my backup resume...my boring social resume...
By comparison, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, et al, have become marketing avenues for me to drive traffic to my blogs around the web. All of these platforms have strengths and weaknesses and are quite useful for different functions. I wouldn't consider any of them to be a true representation of who I am and what I'm really capable of accomplishing in a professional capacity, though. Anytime I send a cover letter and resume out to a company, I don't lead with any of my social media profiles - I link to my Wikipedia page .
People tend to forget that a lot of people use the internet for information. There are so many resources available, yet it's the open-sourced and non-profit Wikipedia that rules the realm of encyclopedic knowledge. Everyone tells you not to use Wikipedia, and that it's not a valid source. Somehow, despite these limitations, Wikipedia happens to be the top search result for nearly every legitimate search term in every search engine. So if Wikipedia is such a highly trafficked site and anyone can edit it, it only makes sense to add yourself to the mix, right?
Here's the kicker: anybody can edit Wikipedia, but whereas social media relies and rates you on who you know, Wiki-editors are only focused on what you know (as well as how well you can document and prove it). It's true that anybody can edit Wikipedia, and in our heads, that equates to complete anarchy. Since the anarchy is confined to the digital realm, a process of survival of the fittest took place in which the nerdiest and strictest grammar tyrants established a regime. You're more than welcome to edit whatever you want on Wikipedia, but it's not as easy as you think.
How I Created My Wikipedia Page
Wikipedia isn't LinkedIn; a 14-year old can't just hop on and create a work profile. I started off by building a profile. From there, I started researching topics I knew a lot about. I read through Wikipedia articles, correcting factual and grammatical errors to build up some wikirep and learn the editing format. Once I had everything down, I got to work building my page. The first time I tried, I had only been mentioned by name in the news twice. My page was marked for deletion within hours. After a week, I had gone through the full dispute resolution process and learned some valuable lessons. I put my Wiki on hold for nearly a year.