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Wikipedia – user generated encyclopedia


I know its been around for a while (Jan 2000), but for those newly joining the online community revolution, Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia. Its claim to fame? Its entirely contributed to and edited by users. And while there have been some naughtys that tried to pull a swifty or two, in the main, the users correct and clarify inaccuracies.

Wikipedia was created in January 2000, by founders Jimmy Wales, Larry Sanger, and some enthusiastic collaborators. Three years later, as of December 2004, there were 13,000 active contributors working on over 1,800,000 articles in more than 100 languages. As of today, there are 766,976 articles in English; every day hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world make tens of thousands of edits and create thousands of new articles to enhance the amount of knowledge held by the Wikipedia encyclopedia. Visitors do not need any special qualifications to contribute, and people of all ages help to write Wikipedia articles.

Pretty coolgroovyneato huh? They’ve got a few other projects too – dictionary and thesaurus, directory of species, free books and textbooks, quotes, library, media repository, free content news source and and a paper edition. yay!

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

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