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Wikipedia's Wales: We're Becoming A News Publisher

Wikipedia's Wales: We're Becoming A News Publisher | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Wikipedia Foundation’s commercial spinoff Wikia is getting into the news reporting business, Founder Jimmy Wales said during a keynote conversation at SXSW Interactive here this morning.

Wales said ad-supported Wikia, which is now the world’s “16th most popular website,” has recruited 700 volunteers to report on its Fandom hub, which covers games, movies and TV content and experiences.

“Instead of just being an encyclopedia, we’re becoming a news source,” Wales said of Wikia’s new focus vs. Wikipedia’s encyclopedic approach to publishing....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

it's intriguing that Wikipedia could become the next Buzzfeed or something comparable. But really, they could hugely use a redesign for better user-friendliness and UX. as it stands now, I appreciate the information, but I spend as little time on the site as I can because the UX is so terrible. 

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The top-viewed Wikipedia page for every day of 2014

The top-viewed Wikipedia page for every day of 2014 | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Wikipedia is the internet’s first stop for fast familiarization. Quartz has analyzed English-language Wikipedia data from 2014 to find out how the things people want to learn about change day to day. The interactive graphic below shows the top-viewed page for every day of last year.Some top pages: Cher, Cremation, Daft Punk, Amazon.com, Denial, Impossible colors, Brown v. Board of Education.Scroll down to view the results for the whole year. Click or tap on a square for more info. The darker colors indicate more pageviews...

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Wikipedia gives us a fascinating, fun look into the unpredictability of human culture, and the internet. My favorite? PowerTap on February 20th at 974,000-plus page views.

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Julian Assange: 'I am – like all hackers – a little bit autistic'

Julian Assange: 'I am – like all hackers – a little bit autistic' | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
When I started hacking you were just one layer above the bare metal. You were typing into this wonderful emptiness, waiting to be populated with minds.

 

The thrill of getting into top-secret websites quickly became addictive for Julian Assange. Here he describes all-night hacking sessions, a cat-and-mouse game with a computer administrator and the arrival of the police...

 

Riveting reading

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This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of

This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
The internet is an information landfill. Somewhere in it—buried under piles of opinion, speculation, and misinformation—is virtually all of human knowledge.
 
The story of the SEP shows that it is possible to create a less trashy internet.
 
But sorting through the trash is difficult work. Even when you have something you think is valuable, it often turns out to be a cheap knock-off.


The story of how the SEP is run, and how it came to be, shows that it is possible to create a less trashy internet—or at least a less trashy corner of it. A place where actual knowledge is sorted into a neat, separate pile instead of being thrown into the landfill. Where the world can go to learn everything that we know to be true. Something that would make humans a lot smarter than the internet we have today....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Delightful and thoughtful reading about an alternative to Wikipedia. highly recommended. 10/10

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ramon gutierrez sanchez's curator insight, December 18, 2015 11:44 AM

Delightful and thoughtful reading about an alternative to Wikipedia. highly recommended. 10/10

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Who Killed Wikipedia?

Who Killed Wikipedia? | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

A hardened corps of volunteer editors is the only force protecting Wikipedia. They might also be killing it.

Wikipedia is the sixth most popular website in the world. It’s the quickest way to get the lowdown on the Battle of Nashville, find out exactly how old Ruth Bader Ginsburg is, or discover who invented Hot Pockets. You can find more authoritative specialized resources online—from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy to IMDb— but nothing is as comprehensive. The English-language edition, the largest of Wikipedia’s 287 language editions, now includes more than 4.5 million entries, and 11 other editions have more than a million each.

Few of the tens of millions of readers who rely on Wikipedia give much thought to where its content comes from or why the site, which is crowdsourced and open (at least in theory) for anyone to edit, doesn’t degenerate into gibberish and graffiti. Like Google or running water, it is simply there. Yet its very existence is something of a miracle. Despite its ocean of content, this vital piece of informational infrastructure is the work of a surprisingly small community of volunteers. Only about 3,000 editors contribute more than 100 changes a month to the English-language Wikipedia, down from a high of more than 4,700 in early 2007. Without any central direction or outside recognition, these dedicated amateurs create, refine, and maintain millions of content pages....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

The wonder and potential woe of Wikipedia.

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Marco Favero's curator insight, November 17, 2014 3:24 PM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

Leonard Waks's curator insight, November 17, 2014 4:33 PM

The take-away: the top editors do not trust the newbies, and are likely to eliminate any new edit in a matter of seconds. New and more obscure rules emerge. The once flexible giant is getting arthritic. 

Moumita Dasgupta's curator insight, November 18, 2014 12:19 AM

Wikipedia Killed??????????