Is it me or does looking at the articles section of a Zimbio Wikizines look like an awesome blog (and a communal blog at that) eg. Justin Timberlake/Articles just click on the Table of Contents to access other features or the front page to see all features within the one page.
Previously the front page was a startpage type display, whereas now they have gone for the magazine type of display, hence the new name wikizines.
I know what Zimbio offered (communal topic portals) was a great idea and they pulled it off better than others (Wetpaint being the closest), but now the presentation is amazing, I’m in favour of wikizines, love the name!! Check out the Zimbio company wikizine, I love companies that use their own product effectively.
What other blogging platforms offer not just communal blogging, but also sections for: pictures, video’s, link rolls (sets of links), feed rolls (sets of feeds displaynig latest content), search rolls (set of keyword searchers) trackers (displays content from blog, news and image searches), notes, forum, about, audit history, badges, widgets (via Grazr), and all the feeds and OPML you can poke a stick at…I guess your blog (well zine actually) is in a generic network, but still this is feature packed.
NOTE: I’d like to see the feed roll as a mini public RSS reader, and the search roll is kind of similar to the tracker in concept.
Also note on the front page they have active Writers, this kind of reminds me of CommonGate, roam around contributing to various blogs (wikizines) and collate it all in a user space.
I also like how a topic eg. Technology is almost a wikizine in itself; featured writer, news, new (video’s, pictures, comments, wikizines).
Bloggers can join and get their content automatically included into wikizines where seen fit.
Zimbio also has private groups, not bad for a communal community of practice page.