Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia and is the sixth-most visited website in the world. It is a primary source that people turn to for information, especially for college and university students, it may help them to develop competent research skills. Thousands of editors and writers voluntarily work for Wikipedia and keep a check on every content. However, there some flaws in its coverage that might be bigger over time.
Read on and discover some surprising facts about Wikipedia:
1. It was supposed to be written by professionals
Wikipedia was an outgrowth of a project named Nupedia. It was an internet encyclopedia developed by internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales and Philosopher Larry Sanger. It was made to be free encyclopedia articles that are written by experts. The process was so slow that hardly 24 articles were ready after a year, and then Sanger suggested evolving Nupedia into an online community that anyone could contribute to without editorial oversight. Wikipedia launched on Jan’ 15 2001 and took the entire world by storm. By the end of the year 2016, there were around 40 million articles written in 293 languages by different people all around the world.
2. Wikipedia does not cover everything
Yes, you read that correct! No everything is covered on Wikipedia. A study shows that 15.6% of the biographies are about females on Wikipedia. Tom Simonite at the MIT stated that Wikipedia entries on Pokémon and female porn stars are comprehensive, but its pages on the paces of sub-Saharan Africa and female novelists are vogue.
3. Companies use Wikipedia in their marketing strategy
Google gives an advantage to Wikipedia pages to appear in the top five spots in the search results. Companies are using Wikipedia to help boost their search engine results. As of being, a high-authority site and accurate links to their websites on Wikipedia pages can help enhance their status on the web. It also helps to give a company a sense of integrity and authenticity. Taken these benefits into consideration, companies have started seeking Wikipedia editors for hire, to develop their own Wikipedia pages that help to make their Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies stronger.
4. Wikipedia is more authentic than you might think
People usually turn to Wikipedia as the reliable source of information but sometimes teachers don’t recommend Wikipedia for sources because of their open policy and that anyone can change or edit their page. However, some stats and research studies find that Wikipedia is the more authentic and credible source that you might have ever thought of. One 2014 study showed that the drug information on Wikipedia was 99.7% accurate compared to the textbook information. Another 2005 study dig into one Wikipedia articles on different topics found Wikipedia was about as accurate as Encyclopedia Britannica, whose content is all written by Wikipedia page creator .