A Palo Alto, California-based company with a distributed team including people who are active in wiki and weblog and other internet community and business.
It was just used at the RSS Winterfest http://www.socialtext.net/rss-winterfest/ if you want to see some of its latest features in a rare publically accessible site.
At the same time, you should see their [Social Software Alliance].
They also have a [archived] mailing list
It's probably just a bad habit.
Any wiki can be public or private at the discretion of the host. --AdinaLevin
An interesting reference to this company, taken from a Gartner report dated 2004-09-23, titled "Apply the Knowledge Gained From Building a 'Wiki'". I found the article to be focused more on the generic aspects of collabotation (all be it using a wiki) rather than on any specifics related to Wikis. -- HansWobbe
Open-source products dominate the wiki software product market. There are more than 200 wiki-related products under development at SourceForge?.net (http://sourceforge.net), although only a dozen or so are popular among users and developers. Wikis will not remain the exclusive preserve of open-source software -- the commercialization of wiki products has begun. Two examples are Socialtext's Workspace and Atlassian Software Systems' Confluence. A growing number of hosted solutions target small and midsize businesses. Vendors such as IBM and Microsoft probably will integrate wiki-like functionality into their e-workplace suites. As wikis' suitability and value in other contexts are better understood, wiki-style collaboration probably will be supported in Web content management, team collaboration and smart enterprise suite products.
["Championing a Wiki World"] article in Business Week 2004-10-19 describes "Socialtext, Ross Mayfield's Web-collaboration outfit"
According to [Ross Mayfield's blog], Social text goes opensource next week (as of July 20th 2006).
Yes, it was released 2006-07-23. It doesn't look easy to install however...