The User Manual 2.$

Here is an interesting interview between Robert Scoble and Aaron Fulkerson of Midtouch on how MindTouch’s technical communication software is changing how people work together at big companies.

“We started seeing more and more of our customers—Intuit and Microsoft, Intel and Autodesk and Mozilla – launching these documentation communities where they have a body of content for user manuals,” explains Fulkerson. “Just imagine taking ten DVDs of video and text and putting it on the internet for the first time. What does that do for your search engine optimization? And then building a community around that where [customers] can contribute to it. They’re registering with the site, they’re sharing information with you about how you can improve this or that—of course it’s helping lead generation.”

“Enterprise wikis and documentation communities may sound like rather different applications, but Fulkerson asserts that they’re actually the same use case—they’re just applied to two different things. “One is internal around enterprise systems, the other one is external more around social media sites. But they’re both delivering collaboration and social capabilities in a web-based environment that’s connecting systems together.”

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3 Replies to “The User Manual 2.$”

  1. Hi, guys. Thanks for the review and meitnon of complete guides. However i need to correct you in one statement above. The google wave book was published non-traditionally as well. It was published using Mediawiki and was the proof of concept for basing our decision to go with MindTouch to create our total publishing platform. Mediawiki has it’s shortcomings but I wouldn’t exactly characterize it as traditional when it comes to book publishing.

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