Wikipedia Look At You Now!


Do you remember the doubt, uncertainty, ‘it will never take off’, ‘how do we know the content is good’, ‘Wikipedia is dodgy and students should avoid using it at all costs’ that was around when Wikipedia was first launched Jan 15th 2001? The whole concept that anyone could contribute anything and it still be quality information was revolutionary.

It now describes itself as the “multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project”, and as a resource (a good one in my opinion) it’s well an truly here. Take a look at this:

The percentage of all American adults who use Wikipedia to look for information has increased from 25% in February 2007 to 42% in May 2010. This translates to 53% of adult internet users who use Wikipedia

Education level continues to be the strongest predictor of Wikipedia use. The collaborative encyclopedia is most popular among internet users with at least a college degree, 69% of whom use the site.

Those are some nice stats on Wikipedia from PEW

Happy Birthday Wikipedia!