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Monday, March 6, 2006

1 Million Articles on Wikipedia

Posted by @ 7:59 pm

I’ve been a huge fan of wikipedia for quite some time now – this site is simply a great place to find definitions, background information and weird and wonderful snippets of information on a vast variety of topics.

What is so special about wikipedia? It’s an online encyclopedia in nine languages that is compiled collaboratively by volunteers. That means that anyone can contribute, edit or update any of the articles contained in wikipedia. While wikipedia is sometimes criticized for being inaccurate or unscientific and it’s probably wise to verify information through a second source if accuracy is critical for you, I’ve found great information there, both for work and private purposes.

Last week, wikipedia announced that the 1,000,000th English language article was posted. The article, about a suburban train station in Glasgow, Scotland, is probably only of interest for a select group of people, but check out their articles on Google, Yahoo!, or Online Marketing for some background reading. And keep an eye on wikipedia as a prototype of popular and evolving community website!

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