Wikipedia Remains The #1 News Site

Wikipedia Remains The #1 News SiteDespite its well documented problems with vandalism and inaccuracies, the Wikipedia has scooped up another 20 million unique monthly visitors in the past year, making it the number one top online news and information website.

According to Nielsen/NetRatings, the online encyclopedia registered 46.8 million unique visitors in May – up a hefty 72 percent from June 2006.

Their figures have kept Wikipedia sitting pretty at the top of the news and information category for every single month this year, coasting ahead of its nearest rival the Weather Channel by an increasing margin, reaching an extra 10 million more visitors in May.

Wikipedia Remains The #1 News SiteThe site is operated by the nonprofit group Wikimedia Foundation Inc, with millions of users contributing content which is checked for accuracy by their vast team of editors and administrators.

Sometimes, major spats can erupt as rival factions demand that their version of events is seen as the ‘official’ one, while some articles can receive what appears to be an inordinate amount of updating,edits and attention from Wikipedia’s admins. See: Brit fumes over Wikipedia, lava lamps and Wikipedia: battleground of the new millennium.

Although Wikimedia’s open-access format means that it can suffer from pesky vandals, mistakes and malicious misinformation, its openness means that breaking major news stories can appear ahead of rivals by receiving almost real time updates.

“It’s the seminal collaborative online resource,” said Nielsen BuzzMetrics Marketing VP Max Kalehoff, adding, “It’s like a living amoeba. It’s constantly growing.”


One thought on “Wikipedia Remains The #1 News Site”

  1. But how accurate is the information that Wikipedia supplies? A set of nerds who think that they know everything but where there is no authoritative reference. i.e to a qualified and highly experienced/respected authority (with 50 years on his or her back at least) et al leaves the information totally open to abuse. This is the greatest danger for the world-at-large, accepting what Wikipedia says without question and where if history is rewritten, future generations will just not know right from wrong. A terrible state of affairs for all future generations to come. The same thing will probably equate to the equivalent of Google. I would steer completely away, for the ramification for the future generations are grave to say the very least.
    Dr. David Hill Chief Executive
    World Innovation Foundation Charity
    Bern, Switzerland Registration no.CH- – 11th July 2005, in the Canton of Bern

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