A Fly Story

By the time our professor introduced to us the basics and advantages of making your own Wikipedia site, I already have a rough idea on how it would work and, yes, the convenience it brings to its users. I have already seen the same experience of Mass collaboration and passing of messages online via Wikipedia on a different medium, however. The same set of primary features of Wikipedia is just the same as the one I tried to use before. I’m talking about the humble PADFLY.

What is it?

Padfly just like Wikipedia also allows its user to make their own account or page, edit on other people’s page, which are also availabe for public consumption. It has the face similar to your notepad and easy-to-see buttons, which makes using and creating padfly pages so much easier and less complicated, everyone can do it.

Want more? Let’s create our own padfly page.

  1. Log on to http://padfly.com to get started. If you see a blank screen with an icon of a fly then you’re on the right site. pad1
  2. Think of a name for your page. You can be as creative as you want to be (supremalicious) or just be formal so that everyone can easily locate your page. Remember, though, that your name may not be always unique and there will always be a chance that common names or words may already be taken. What you can do is to add digits or combination of other names. pad2
  3. You are now ready to use your page. Type in anything you want, a message, notes, or for whatever purposes you intend to use your padfly page.   paddapt_picnik
  4. Click on the save button. Just like Wikipedia, padfly doesn’t automatically saves your contents; so, don’t forget to click the save button.  padwuu
  5. To know if there are other posts or people have replied to your page, you can just simply click on the “view” button next to your page name. pad4_picnik
  6. Congratulations! You now have your padfly page. Easy, huh? padfinal

What is good about padfly?

Padfly as compared to Wikipedia is so much easier to use. The features and tools in it don’t look as intimidating as it may on Wikipedia.

What are the limitations of padfly?

  • There are no added features for padfly. The page as you see it will remain the same as you progress. You cannot format, organize, and personalize its content.
  • Just like Wikipedia, it can be edited, erased, and be seen by anyone who would just type in your name on the username box. So, if someone came across your page, and for some reason they didn’t like it, they can just easily erase all the contents. There’s really no assurance on the security of your content.
  • Padfly’s face is not very appealing and not engaging.
  • It’s not interactive and you cannot embed or insert videos and photos in it.

Why still use padfly?

Padfly may not satisfy some of your needs or wants, but it still has the convenience of being more user-friendly. Companies who may not really need the special feautures of Wikipedia, but want an online repository for sharing of information within their organization may try to look on the uses of padfly.

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11 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    aLps said,

    I hate padfly because it is ugly.

    Padfly would be the perfect wiki-notepad if it looks like Web 2.0 and not that 90s boring look. 🙂

    • 2

      irishprecious said,

      i know it’s not really appealing, but like what i said it’s easier to use. i think, people who want to try first if they are up for the technology of using wikipedia can start or practice through padfly; although, wikipedia is not as hard as it may seem to be. oh well, it’s for everyone’s choice. and i actually know one team from a company that uses padfly, and they’re okay with it since they don’t really need the other tools wikipedia can offer. i actually got the idea from one of them.;b we use it to chat! haha

  2. 3

    barrycade said,

    try wetpaint.com; the name doesn’t sound very credible, but at least the overall look is modern enough to be web 2.0-worthy, with the same, maybe even better, functionalities. 🙂

  3. 5

    Dominique Anne said,

    this is the first time I heard of padfly or even wetpaint hehe! (ay nabanggit nga pala sa class yung wetpaint). Still, thanks for the info about padfly. I’ll check it out some other time, and wetpaint as well

  4. 7

    jay r said,

    This padfly thing is quite unique, coming from the tongue of someone who only uses the internet to play games aside from goofing around with tagged and facebook and friendster and some other pron sites that I could get my hands on. But the sad part is that if somebody could revise your work by simply erasing your files… Let me guess, I’ll try it once I get to know how it works…

    • 8

      irishprecious said,

      yeah that’s one of those things that isn’t good about padfly. there are other available online tools, which you can also use that have better features. you may want to try them, too.

      tnx for dropping by, sir. 🙂

  5. 9

    jayem elvinia said,

    We use padfly in my previous work, it really helps us to work and have a meeting at the same time. Very convenient and easy to use.

    • 10

      irishprecious said,

      yeah i know. and i also know that you don’t just use padfly to have conduct your online meeting while attending to your job, but you use it to chat as well. very useful, indeed!;b

      • 11

        jayem elvinia said,

        If we don’t get caught! :p It also allows our supervisor to give updates to us even if she is not in the office.


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