Angus Bankes, CTO of Moreover, recently introduced me to Jeremy Ruston, the creator of TiddlyWiki. I honestly did not really get it at first, but I have been using TiddlyWiki since last weekend and have really grown to like it. According to Jeremy, who I spoke to this week, Tiddlywiki is a reusable, non-linear, personal web notebook. On the TiddlyWiki site, Jeremy goes on to say:
As I've said before increasingly the web is becoming my platform and the browser is my gateway to rich services. I have a public blog which you are reading here, a private blog where I bookmark some items and make notes to myself, a couple of wikis which we use internally at Dawntreader or with portfolio companies to work on specific projects, and now a TiddlyWiki which I use to organize my personal thoughts, put ToDoLists together, record call notes, etc. Instead of having all of my notes in a notebook or in Outlook or Word, I now have a searchable, taggable personal notebook accessible through any web browser. I can link to files in my hard drive, websites, etc. It is open source and there is an increasingly strong community building new plugins and macros to add to your TiddlyWiki. The great thing is that it is a selfcontained file with no server side installation meaning I can carry it with me, email it, put it on a USB drive, or even upload it to a fileshare internally or on the web. I am still grokking this but needless to say I suggest that you save a copy of it and start using it. I am currently using Johnny LeRoys TigglyTagWiki version which you can find here. As for how big or active the community is, Jeremy says it is hard to tell but his site is getting 25k unique visitors a month and growing. On Technorati there are 1271 posts with Tiddlywiki mentioned. For an even clearer explanation of TiddlyWiki, I suggest going to Euicho.com. Euicho does a good job of breaking it down to its elements, comparing and contrasting it to Wikis, and outlining the limitless possibilities:
- It works great as a documentation manager for products, software, etc.
- Do you have a desktop full of tiny .txt file reminders and notes? It can store little bits of information, reminders, and notes like that with ease.
- It makes a great FAQ page.
- Turn it into a todo list, with items as tiddlers.
- Some use it as a blog.
- Some use it as a website.
- Make it your own personal dictionary/encyclopedia.
What I love most about Tiddlywiki is that it is quite easy to use but incredibly flexible.