Austin, Texas (PRWEB) May 10, 2013
Histowiki.com launched its Benghazi Timeline of events, and how it was covered by the press, today. The timeline includes links to not only key news stories that influenced the ongoing investigation, but also links to of the editorial and opinion columns of varied public figures and influencers.
From the beginning, there has been a particular focus on what happened, and when. HistoWiki.com's Jay Turner says it's for such stories that his site was created. "I dare anyone to grab a huge story and follow it thoroughly for months after initial buzz has died down. Paying critical attention to WHEN something occurs, makes all the difference in critically understanding the story", Turner said. "I've found it immensely enlightening to observe how a story evolves, and the fulcrums that can create rather interesting pivots from accepted naratives. For this reason, all HistoWiki.com posts are Timelines about events, people, concepts, and even impactful products, like the upcoming Google Glass."
HistoWiki.com also has a novel inducement for people who help "crowdsource" a timeline. Visitors can log in, and suggest additions to any timeline. Any visitor whose relevant data point is accepted by editors, or the timeline's curator, will have his or her social media profile, be it Twitter or any other, highlighted on the page as a contributor for their internet sleuthing efforts.
"I believe this reward method helps build transparency, and an open and somewhat more accountable forum for the debate of every data point's relevance. In the broader picture, I feel it's another way of getting participation in, and protection of, the right to Free Speech. Use it or lose it."
HistoWiki's timelines all contain multimedia sources, even Tweets from crucial influencers, to help fulfill the goal of each timeline being the most complete and crowdsourced record of an event's history.
HistoWiki.com is currently in closed Beta, but will soon be opening its membership to other passionate and inquisitive curators to host their own timelines there.