At the beginning of the 21st century, an unparalleled website for accessing information, called Wikipedia, came into being, the world’s largest repository of information.
Wikipedia was officially launched on January 15, 2001 as a free and voluntary service-enabled encyclopedia, and it is interesting to note that just 2 days earlier, Jimmy Wells and Larry Singer bought his domain name.
But as vast as it has become in the last 20 years or so, and as large a repository of information as it has become, there is hardly a place in the world that is not accessed and used.
Here are some interesting facts about Wikipedia:
- Wikipedia has more than 55 million articles in more than 300 languages, including Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi and Pashto.
- More than 280,000 editors contribute to Wikipedia every month.
- More than 1.5 billion devices access Wikipedia every month.
- Wikipedia is one of the 10 most visited websites in the world, but is the only website run by a non-profit organization.
- Because it is not a for-profit organization, its costs are borne by ordinary people. About 7 million people contributed to Wikipedia last year.
- Who do you think wrote the first article on Wikipedia? Surprisingly, he is not a world-renowned figure of today or the past, but Thomas Reid, an 18th century Scottish philosopher.
- How effective is Wikipedia? This can be gauged from the fact that changes in the subjects of different tourist destinations and cities also affect the tourism there. According to a study conducted in Italy, if the trend of writing about a tourist destination on Wikipedia is positive, then the rate of tourist stay there increases by 9%.
- In 2017, Paolo Nespoli, an astronaut, recorded his voice during his stay on the International Space Station so that it could be included in the Wikipedia article written on him. This was a milestone for Wikipedia as it was the first time content from space was included on Wikipedia.
- Every year, Wikipedia users hold the world’s largest photo contest, Wiki Loves Monuments. Since 2010, more than 60,000 participants from more than 40 countries have participated in the competition, which has featured more than 1.7 million photos.
- The complete history of each Wikipedia article is available in the View history or ‘History’ tab in Urdu, in which you can see how each article was written step by step, when, when and who, who and how much. Contributed
- Volunteers do everything on Wikipedia, not just articles and photos, but also rules, regulations and guidelines for writing and submitting them.
- There are more than 1.9 edits per second on Wikipedia, which means that if you take five minutes to read an article, there will be 570 edits on Wikipedia in that time.