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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.

Wikipedia’s Five-Year Growth Figure Almost 8,000 Percent
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New stats show that Wikipedia isn’t growing nearly as fast as it used to.  The number of unique U.S. visitors to the site increased by an amazing 7,900 (or so) percent over the last five years, however, and Wikipedia seems to owe search engines for its continuing popularity.

Powerset Follows Hype With Debut

After a lot of blog buzz, Powerset finally launched its search engine with the initial aim at pulling information out of Wikipedia more effectively.

Wikipedia Sued For Libel
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A literary agent is suing the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikipedia contributors for negative comments, but Wikimedia says it’s not liable for user-generated content.

Barbara Bauer filed a lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court alleging that the Wikimedia Foundation is liable for postings that called her one of the "Dumbest of the twenty worst" agents, who has "no documented sales at all."

Healthy-Looking Baidu Pushes Wikipedia Alternative
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Yahoo this, Microsoft that – it’s enough to make you move to China.  Or at least look at China-centric news, in which Baidu is generating headlines for both succeeding financially and pushing its own version of Wikipedia.

Wikipedia Defers To Google
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UPDATE 4/9/08: Seems there was some confusion sparked by this piece, which is, at best, a muddled, meandering, word-labyrinth posing as an unconventional, smart-alecky essay on web journalism/blogging. That’s okay, any reader would find himself in good company lost amid my verbose effluvia. For crying out loud, I used a word like "bildungsroman" and made references not just to Roman mythology but also to an obscure Persian king 3,500 years dead.

Wikimedia Foundation Takes In $500,000 Gift

If you’ve been worried about the survival of everyone’s favorite online encyclopedia, fear not – the Wikimedia Foundation recently received a $500,000 donation.

Post-Wikipedia Hotspots
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The act of visiting Wikipedia isn’t too shocking at this point.  We all do it.  But an interesting new Hitwise report looks at where the average American goes next.

Music Fans Look To Wikipedia For Band Information
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When searching for information about an artist online the first three results users see are the artist’s official Web site, Wikipedia entry and MySpace page.

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.

Save The Internet

The fine folks over at SaveTheInternet.com are at it again.

Thanks to Rep. Ed Markey the Net Neutrality issue is back on the table.

Wikipedia Entry Names Steve Ballmer As Some Guy’s Dad
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How much do you trust Wikipedia?  Because, for whatever it’s worth, Steve Ballmer briefly became "Rob Dunbar’s Dad" on the user-edited encyclopedia.Wikipedia Entry Names Steve Ballmer As Some Guy's Dad

Wikipedia Sparks Controversy Over Muhammad

According to the International Herald Tribune, the depiction of Prophet Muhammad in Wikipedia’s article on the subject has triggered an online petition.

comScore’s US Consumer Activity Analysis
comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), today released its monthly analysis of U.S. consumer activity at top online properties for December 2007 from the comScore Media Metrix service.

Yahoo!

Google & Wikipedia Banned in School Again

So another college professor has banned Wikipedia (and Google). Oh, woe is me. The world is ending. Oh, the stifling of creative thought at institutions of higher learning these days. Censorship! Censorship!

Whatever.

The Macworld Keynote Is Leaking
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Fake Steve Jobs says that something in the air is the Woz’s SBDs. Ha, ha. Everybody loves a good fart joke. But depending on whether the supposed Macworld keynote leak on Wikipedia was the real deal, a promotional buzzworthy plant, or a fake, the Real Steve Jobs might not find it all that amusing.

UK Professor Takes On University Of Google
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Students taking classes with University of Brighton media studies professor Tara Brabazon will have to give up a couple of things: Google and Wikipedia.

Nofollow and Wikis

There is no such thing as a free link.  No matter what the person who is selling you it tells you.  And the web will always adapt to make it so.  Even if its hard work.

Barry Schwartz posted Get A Free Link From Wired today on an SEO blog, noting that:

Google Changes Algorithm?
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The ball dropped for the 100th time in Times Square, so I suppose that makes it official.  It’s a new year, 2008 to be exact.  So what does this mean for the search engines? Simple, change the way it used to work, right?

 

 

2008 Could Be a Bad year for Content Quality

The web levels the playing field, allowing individuals to compete with larger corporations, largely through the smaller players making dirt public and launching viral marketing campaigns around issues. Because there is a publisher publishing every opinion and angle, it is easy to discount just about everything, especially attempts for new market participants to become remarkable.

Blogs Beat The Times In Rankings

Once upon a time, two people made a bet over which of these two would rank higher for the top five news stories in 2007: blogs or the New York Times.