Wikipedia

  • Facebook Is Now the Fourth Largest Site In The World

    Facebook Is Now the Fourth Largest Site In The World

    The global rise of Facebook is nothing less than astounding. In the month of June alone it gained 24 million unique visitors worldwide, compared to the month before, for a total of 340 million unique visitors worldwide. It is now the fourth largest site in the world, trailing only Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo sites, according to comScore (see table below). Facebook itself only… Read More

  • Well-played, Mr. Wales. Well-played.

    Well-played, Mr. Wales. Well-played.

    Just got this email. It’s a bit presumptuous considering the common expectation is that you don’t author your own Wikipedia entry. Basically Jimmy is asking me to become a fan of his Facebook page but does Jimmy really need fans? And does he have to launch such a personal appeal? He’s a heck of a guy, I’m sure, but what’s in it for me? Read More

  • NYTimes and Wikipedia Save Reporter's Life By NOT Reporting On His Capture

    NYTimes and Wikipedia Save Reporter's Life By NOT Reporting On His Capture

    Earlier last week, New York Times reporter David Rohde escaped from a Taliban prison. He had been a Taliban hostage for the last seven months, but the general public had absolutely no clue. In a joint effort by The New York Times and Wikipedia, the story was kept quiet until his daring escape. In November 2008, Rohde was captured and held hostage by the Taliban, along with a local reporter… Read More

  • Top CEOs Leave Social Media To The Plebs

    Top CEOs Leave Social Media To The Plebs

    It’s ‘official’; big shot CEOs are social media slackers. The hot news comes straight from ÜBERCEO, who says it conducted research on the topic for the past few weeks and has found that there’s little chance you’ll ever get to exchange pokes and tweets with Fortune 100 CEOs for the time being. Here’s the ‘miserable level of engagement’ ÜBERCEO… Read More

  • Navify Is An Interface For Viewing Wikipedia With Photo Galleries, Videos And Comments

    Navify Is An Interface For Viewing Wikipedia With Photo Galleries, Videos And Comments

    Have you ever been annoyed by the fact that Wikipedia has a wealth of textual information but no videos and hardly any pictures? Take the Wikipedia article for Sony’s Rolly, for example, where the device is depicted as “an egg-shaped digital robotic music player.” If you have never seen a Rolly before, this cryptic description won’t help much. After reading about it… Read More

  • The French Come Calling For Wikipedia (Orange Strikes Mobile Deal)

    The French Come Calling For Wikipedia (Orange Strikes Mobile Deal)

    France Telecom’s Orange, one of the biggest mobile phone operators in Europe, has partnered with Wikimedia to provide Wikipedia content through co-branded channels on Orange’s mobile phones and web sites. Through a revenue-sharing arrangement, the non-profit Wikimedia foundation will get a cut of some of the advertising dollars (or Euros) generated by its content. Orange will… Read More

  • WikiPock Will Put An Entire Copy Of Wikipedia In Your Pocket For $10

    WikiPock Will Put An Entire Copy Of Wikipedia In Your Pocket For $10

    Would you pay $10 for an entire offline copy of Wikipedia, the crowdsourced encyclopedia of information that you can get on the Web for free? WikiPock, a Paris-based startup, has compressed the entire English language version of Wikipedia to under 4 gigabytes (not including images), and is selling it for mobile phones. The other language versions are smaller (it also comes in German… Read More

  • Print Your Favorite Wikipedia Articles As Books, Courtesy Of PediaPress

    Print Your Favorite Wikipedia Articles As Books, Courtesy Of PediaPress

    Did you know that you can assemble your own wiki pages from Wikipedia and print them out in book form? You can, for a while now, thanks to a partnership between Wikimedia Foundation and a German startup called PediaPress. Last week, the wiki-to-print feature was activated for six more languages besides German but as of yesterday the functionality is also being tested on the regular English… Read More

  • Medpedia's Health Platform Could Be Just What The Doctor Ordered

    Medpedia's Health Platform Could Be Just What The Doctor Ordered

    Medpedia Project, an initiative we wrote about during its private beta launch, has unveiled a public version of its trustworthy, fully transparent technology platform for the worldwide health community. Combining social networking with Web 2.0 health information, Medpedia’s website offers consumers a Wikipedia for health information, a LinkedIn network for health professionals, and a… Read More

  • Why Google Knol Is No Wikipedia

    Why Google Knol Is No Wikipedia

    This is only one data point. But at least the Wikipedia entry on TechCrunch doesn’t state that we sell corn and oat cereal, and it wasn’t written by someone whose bio simply reads “Troll“. Other than that, it’s pretty accurate.. So much for units of knowledge. Update: Googler Matt Cutts weighs in on the discussion of Knol’s quality, saying that the service… Read More

  • Wikipedia finally (and officially) joins the mobile cloud

    Wikipedia finally (and officially) joins the mobile cloud

    Wikipedia, one of the greatest collaborative volunteer collective knowledge projects of all time and one of the most visited sites on the web, has finally released a mobile-formatted site – mobile.wikipedia.org.  Although it may have already existed in some unofficial capacity, the mobile site is now officially available. The official mobile Wikipedia offers text-only results in… Read More

  • German Politician Blocks Local Wikipedia

    German Politician Blocks Local Wikipedia

    This is the image that comes up when people try to access Wikipedia.de, which used to be forwarded to Wikipedia.org. It reads: The county court of Luebeck (North Germany) has issued an order in the name of Lutz Heilmann, Member of Parliament (left party/post-communist) that the German Wikipedia (Wikimedia e.V.) must not allow linking its domain wikipedia.de to the Web site wikipedia.org, as… Read More

  • Employee fired for updating Wikipedia

    Employee fired for updating Wikipedia

    A bit more Wikipedia news simply because it’s interesting, sad, and startling. When Tim Russert collapsed last week and was eventually pronounced dead – an absolute tragedy – NBC news held on reporting the news until Russerts family could be notified. It was a noble act, all said. However, a “junior-level” employee – read someone who knows how to use the… Read More

  • Parents blame kids' failing test scores on Wikipedia

    Parents blame kids' failing test scores on Wikipedia

    Dumb kids in Scotland are failing tests not because they’re dumb, or because they haven’t properly prepared, but because Wikipedia is evil and mean and “littered with inaccuracies.” Shucks, and I thought Wikipedia was to be trusted 100 percent of the time. Right, so the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, which just sounds like a fun group, hated on Wikipedia the other… Read More

  • Blodget Says Facebook Is Only Worth $9 Billion, Hypothetically Speaking

    Blodget Says Facebook Is Only Worth $9 Billion, Hypothetically Speaking

    Putting a value on private companies is hard enough for insiders and venture capitalists who have full access to the company’s financial statements. When outsiders try to do it, even well-informed ones, it is nothing more than a guessing game. But it is nonetheless perhaps one of Silicon Valley’s favorite parlor activities. Today, Henry Blodget & Co. at Silicon Alley Insider… Read More

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Now Free For Bloggers

    Encyclopedia Britannica often is used in case studies as a definitive example of how new technology can disrupt a business. Everything was great for the nearly 250 year old privately held company until the Internet came around and a Category Five hurricaned on their parade. According to Comscore, for every page viewed on Brittanica.com, 184 pages are viewed on Wikipedia (3.8 billion v. 21… Read More

  • The Truth According to Wikipedia

    Dutch filmmaker IJsbrand van Veelen stirred a lot of controversy last week at the Next Web conference when he premiered the documentary above, The Truth About Wikipedia. It has now been posted to YouTube and is worth watching when you have a spare 45 minutes. The film pits Andrew Keen, the disapproving author of The Culture of the Amateur, and Bob McHenry, former editor-in-chief of the… Read More

  • Gmail April Fools Not Very Funny. On the Upside, They Started A Wikipedia War

    Gmail April Fools Not Very Funny. On the Upside, They Started A Wikipedia War

    Right on schedule: Google is releasing their April Fools jokes onto us as the calendars hit April 1 on the east coast (here’s last year’s efforts). Google Australia got a head start earlier today with the very funny Future Search. Gmail’s effort this year isn’t in my opinion as funny. Gmail Custom Time lets users send emails with a custom date in the past, putting it in… Read More

  • 10 Millionth Article Written on Wikipedia

    10 Millionth Article Written on Wikipedia

    The ten millionth article has been written on Wikipedia – a Hungarian biography of of 16th century painter Nicholas Hilliard (English version here). Those ten million articles have been written across 250 different languages, Wikipedia says. English is still the most popular language on Wikipedia, with 2.3 million articles (they reached 2 million English articles in September 2007). Read More

  • $3 Million Donation For The Sum Of All Human Knowledge

    $3 Million Donation For The Sum Of All Human Knowledge

    The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization which operates Wikipedia, announced a $3 million donation from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation today. The donation will be paid ratably over three years. Last year the foundation had total income of $2.7 million and expenses of about $2.1 million (see financials here). This year revenue should be significantly higher. In addition to this… Read More