Jimmy Wales Articles

Google Gives $2 Million To Wikimedia Foundation

Courtesy of Google, the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation has received a significant gift.  Google donated $2 million to the organization, which is responsible for keeping Wikipedia up and running.

Mitch Kapor, who’s on the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation, announced the contribution late yesterday on Twitter.  Jimmy Wales followed up soon after with a tweet of his own soon after.

Wikipedia Shatters Fundraising Record for Single Day
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Wikipedia had a record-shattering day this week. On Tuesday afternoon, the Wikimedia Foundation posted a personal appeal from its founder, Jimmy Wales. In that, Wales said:

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization I created in 2003 to operate, grow, nurture, and protect Wikipedia. For ten million US dollars a year and with a staff of fewer than 35 people, it runs the fifth most-read website in the entire world. I’m asking for your help so we can continue our work.

Wikipedia Founder Slams Wikipedia Art
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Some controversy stirred up earlier this week after the Electronic Frontier Foundation stepped in on behalf of the creators of Wikipediaart.org, a site dedicated to a Wikipedia-related art project. The EFF was responding to demands by a lawyer for the Wikimedia Foundation, the parent company of Wikipedia, that the artists turn over control of the domain.

Wikipedia Founder Talks Consumer-Generated Content for Branding
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WebProNews recently spoke with Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia for a few minutes, and discussed the past, present, and future of user-generated content as a marketing medium, not to mention several other topics. What kinds of brands do you think work the best for marketing with consumer-generated content? Share your thoughts with us.

Jimmy Wales Talks Consumer-Generated Content At ad:tech
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ad:tech San Francisco kicked off today, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales was present to give the opening keynote presentation.  His speech was called "Wikipedia, Wikia, and the Future of Consumer Generated Content," and it nicely complemented an introduction by Drew Ianni on the state of the overall industry.

Wikia Search Takes Leave Of Abscence

Jimmy Wales announced a few days ago, the closure of Wikia Search due to the ongoing economic recession. Wikia Search was designed with the primary purpose to allow users determine the rankings of sites and pages for all other users.

Wales summed up the decision like this,

Wikia Search Out Of Options
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So much for Wikia Search.  Other Wikia properties will live on, but this one service, which represented a foray into the field of user-generated search, will close today according to Jimmy Wales himself. 

Wikipedia Founder Has the Answers
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Have you heard of Wikianswers? No, not Wiki Answers, Wikianswers. Yes it’s a little confusing, but I’m not just babbling incoherently. Wikianswers is a recently (re)launched site from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

Don’t Get Too Attached To Editing Wikipedia
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It’s about to get harder to edit a Wikipedia entry. That is unless those who oppose the concept can come up with a better idea.

Who among us hasn’t encountered some false information on the site at one time or another. The goal here is to make Wikipedia, which is one of the most popular sites on the web, a more reliable place for obtaining accurate information. That can’t be a bad thing from the average user’s perspective.

Britannica Goes 2.0, Prez Slams Wikipedia/Google
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Encyclopedia Britannica is finally giving in to user-generated crowd wisdom—to an extent but not without some harsh fightin’ words aimed toward Google and Wikipedia.
Britannica Goes 2.0, Prez Slams Wikipedia/Google

Wikipedia Passes Fundraising Goal
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If this recession thing gets really bad, maybe the government can just call in Jimmy Wales.  Wales, Wikipedia’s founder, seems to have been instrumental in helping the online encyclopedia hit a fundraising goal, and Wikipedia should be set for at least six months as a result.

Jimbo Wales Channels Sly and the Family Stone

For what it’s worth, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales sees the growth of Internet usage in the Middle East as a boon to the world’s exposure to "ordinary people" of the region. Such exposure, he said, would soften the region’s image abroad.

Sex, Lies, And Wikipedia
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Before we get into this (and this is a guiltily delicious journey you may or may not decide to take), please consider what level of perfection you expect your Web icons—even the ones who refer to themselves as "spiritual leader"—to be on. While you’re doing that, pretend he’s not a Web icon, and decide what is forgivable in a regular (mortal) man.

Search Wikia Debuts To Mild Reviews

The ambitious project by Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales, dubbed a Google challenger in search, elicited a tepid response from reviewers.

More from Scoble on the Facebook Situation

I’m getting dozens of emails asking for my script. See, there’s a ton of people who WANT to be deleted from Facebook.

So far Facebook has been denying them, saying it’s impossible to delete everything you’ve ever done from Facebook. Well, if you go over to Rodney Rumford’s blog you can see that’s totally hogwash. Facebook CAN totally delete you from Facebook IF IT WANTS!

Wikia Schmikia: Try Out These Sites

Jimmy Wales and Wikia Search may be getting all the press this week, but there are resources out there you may not know.

Jimmy Wales Unveils Facebook?

It seems like a sitcom gag in which a character, out of time and ideas, tries to promote an old product as a new one by scratching off a single letter.  Instead, we’ve got Jimmy Wales, and the old/new product is none other than Facebook.

Wikipedia Gets Grub
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You may not have heard of Grub, but the Web crawler company was just acquired by Wikia.  And now Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and co-founder of Wikia, thinks he may “change the balance of power from the search companies back to the publishers.”

Wikipedia To Make Experts Walk The Walk
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Amid embarrassment over an academic fraud, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has announced that anyone claiming professional expertise in a subject would be required to provide proof of those credentials.

Jimmy Wales Wants To Go Tabloid

His Wikia company launched three new projects where people can collaborate on topics in a community of like-minded, active users.