THE STATE OF WIKIPEDIA
In 2001 Wikipedia launched with a novel idea; a freely editable encyclopedia. It’s growth has since been incredible, with millions of articles created on an incredible variety of subjects. Wikipedia articles are frequently the 1st result in a
Google search on a subject. From the Hawaiian word meaning "quick" WIKI + PEDIA From Encylopedia.
HOW DID WIKIPEDIA — GET STARTED?
- Internet pioneer Rick Gates discusses creating an "internet-based encyclopedia", that anyone could edit, calling it Interpedia. It never left the planning stages.
- Ward Cunningham launches the landmark first user-editable website, which he used to allow programmers to exchange ideas freely.
- Wikipedia.com and Wikipedia.org a formally opened to the public. Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales are cited a founders.
- China blocks access to the Chinese language Wikipedia on the 15 year anniversary of the Tianamen Square Massacre.
- Jimmy Wales announces a non-profit that will help manage and administrate Wikipedia and it’s related projects, he calls it the Wikimedia Foundation.
- Wikipedia hits the milestone of (1) MILLION articles written.
WIKIPEDIA USES AN OPEN EDITING MODEL SO THAT ANY USER CAN EDIT ANY ARTICLE.
96.6% OF WIKIPEDIA PAGES RANKIN GOOGLE’S TOP 10 SEARCH RESULTS
NUMBER OF WIKIPEDIA ARTICLES
THERE ARE CURRENTLY 3,640,350 ARTICLES IN THE ENGLISH WIKIPEDIA
50% OF WOMEN & 56% OF MEN LOOK FOR INFORMATION ON WIKIPEDIA
WHAT SUBJECTS ARE MOST WRITTEN ABOUT?
- 30% CULTURE AND THE ARTS
- 15% BIOGRAPHIES AND PERSONS
- 14% GEOGRAPHY AND PLACES
- 12% SOCIETY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
- 11% HISTORY AND EVENTS
- 9% NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
- 4% TECHNOLOGY AND THE APPLIED SCIENCES
- 2% RELIGIONS AND BELIEF SYSTEMS
- 2% HEALTH
- 1% MATH AND LOGIC
- 1% THOUGHT AND PHILOSOPHY
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