27 Interesting Facts about Wikipedia
Wikipedia is a multilingual online encyclopedia created and maintained as an open collaboration project by a community of volunteer editors using a wiki-based editing system. It is the largest and most popular general reference work on the World Wide Web and is one of the most popular websites ranked by Alexa as of October 2019. It features exclusively free content and no commercial ads and is owned and supported by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization funded primarily through donations. Do you think you know everything there is to know about Wikipedia? Think again! Check out these 27 interesting facts about Wikipedia, you may have never heard.
FACT#1. Wikipedia was started in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger.
FACT#2. It is not known what was the first Wikipedia article, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales confirmed that the first article of his website has been lost somewhere on the site. However, he certainly accepted this thing and he himself edited this article and it was titled Hello World. Click to read the first article of Wikipedia.
FACT#3. The term “wiki” comes from the Hawaiian phrase, “wiki wiki” which means “super fast.”
FACT#4. English Wikipedia has the largest number of websites, around more than 46 lakh articles. Click to go to en.wikipedia.org
FACT#5. There are more than 7 thousand new articles daily published on Wikipedia.
FACT#6. Hindi Wikipedia came into existence in July 2003 and it has crossed 134288 pages and 505256 members in Hindi Wikipedia (2018). Go to Hindi Wikipedia hi.wikipedia.org
FACT#7. According to Alexa. Wikipedia is the ninth most popular website in the world, which is used more than Twitter. Click to view Alexa Rank
FACT#8. Wikipedia’s first logo was created by 17-year-old user Paul Stansifer. It was selected in 2003 from Design Competition.
FACT#9. According to the current data, 17.6 crore articles on Wikipedia have been edited one billion times.
FACT#10. Every month more than 50 million users use Wikipedia. And read it more than 2 times a month.
FACT#11. The most readable page on Wikipedia is by Apple founder Steve Jobs. This page had been read by more than 74 lakh users on 6 October 2011. Click to read this article
FACT#12. 50 per cent of user traffic on Wikipedia comes through Google.
FACT#13. “Sex” is the most popular article on Wikipedia, which is available in every language and is the most Interesting Fact about Wikipedia.
FACT#14. The Wikipedia page of former US President George W. Bush was the most edited. It has been edited 46 thousand times.
FACT#15. The Wikipedia page about India has been edited 22,271 times. This is the fifteenth most edited page.
FACT#16. In 2006, the man who edited the article on Wikipedia for the first time was named in Time magazine.
FACT#17. Wikipedia has a birthday committee, wishing those Wikipedians a happy birthday, whose name is recorded on the List of Wikimedians by birthday page.
FACT#18. No advertisements are shown on Wikipedia to earn money but you can donate money to Wikipedia. excellent work
FACT#19. Wikipedia is running on the basis of “No Loss No Profit“. It takes donations to operate the website.
FACT#20. Wikipedia has a total of 1,15,000 active editors and 27 million registered editors.
FACT#21. Wikipedia’s theme song is named “Hotel Wikipedia“. It launched in the year 2004.
FACT#22. If you find English on “Wikipedia” very difficult, then click on the option of Simple English on the left.
FACT#23. There is a big contradiction in the number of people visiting Wikipedia. Males constitute around 90% of the total number of visitors to this website and females are only around 9%.
FACT#24. Around 285 languages are available on this website. There are also some languages available on this website that are not available on the Internet.
FACT#25. A website “Conceravapedia” accused Wikipedia that all its articles had been stolen and information wrong, but nothing happened to them, Wikipedia is still used today as it was before.
FACT#26. Another special thing is that Wikipedia has its own competition with Wikipedia, here it is difficult to find out which are the latest articles.
FACT#27. Wikipedia is about to launch a contest, which is the question of what will be the last article written on Wikipedia.
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