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Wikipedia Banned By Dutch Ministry Of Justice

Due to a block put in place by the Dutch Ministry of Justice, 30,000 people can’t use Wikipedia at work.  Yet, while it’s a bit startling to hear the development phrased like that, the move may not be entirely unreasonable.

Does Open License Mean Open Season?

The unattributed verbatim appearance of a Wikipedia article in a book from a major publisher sparked accusations of plagiarism, and raises more serious issues of ethics as well as the perils of publishing under open licenses.

Wikipedia War Over the Social Media Agency

Over the past week I’ve literally been in a “Wikipedia War” over an article that I had submitted about the evolving definition and role of the Social Media Agency.

Live Search Club Turning into PR Disaster

It looks like the Windows Live Search Club, the puzzle game promotion that seemed so successful for Microsoft at first, is quickly turning into a PR disaster for the company.

The Club, which had searchers play puzzle games in order to win prizes, originally gave Microsoft a huge boost in search engine market share, a gain which has slowly dissapeared entirely in the last few months. Even worse, though, is the anger the Club’s fans are now turning towards the company.

Google Nearly Ready With In-Game Advertising

You don’t need to worry about pixies hawking Diet Pepsi or having to watch action heroes put on Axe deodorant.  Google intends to address ads in video games in a different way, and according to new reports, it intends to do so starting this month.

Wikimedia Attracts Over 14,000 Donors
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By all accounts, Radiohead’s name-your-own-price album was downloaded millions of times.  No one’s sure how much people paid, however.  And although the Wikimedia Foundation has apparently received over 14,000 donations, the dollar value of those gifts remains unknown.

Protests Grow Over Wikipedia Deletions

Do you know anything about webcomics?  If not, don’t expect to learn a lot through Wikipedia – many articles on the subject have been deleted, causing an uproar that may affect the site’s fundraising efforts.

College Students Work On Wikipedia

The typical college professor warns students to steer clear of Wikipedia – even the use of that term is likely to result in red ink and a lowered grade.  But one professor actually created a project that revolved around the site.

Penalties of Spamming Wikipedia
Spam Wikipedia, and you will end up in one of the most dreaded places in the World Wide Web. Imagine a place where your site appears in the ‘Spammer Blacklist’ and Yahoo! And Google give you the cold shoulder.

Anonymous Users Contribute Best Wikipedia Posts?

If you come across an anonymous user on Wikipedia, he or she may be a vandal.  But according to new data, there’s also a good chance that the person is one of the site’s most valuable contributors.

SMX Rewind

So much covered, seen and happened in just two days. From FaceBook to Wikipedia and everything about social media in between. Finally, we wind up and take a dekko at all that we and everyone else from the SEM community have covered:

SMX: Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers & Answer Sharing
Web users rely on community-contributed-content sites such as Wikipedia and Yahoo Answers. These sites enable you to communicate directly with an engaged audience. But contribute to the conversation with care. Too much spin and you’re credibility will be shot-and your brand damaged. You’ll come away from this session knowing how these influential sites work and how to participate constructively.

Moderator: Danny Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief, Search Engine Land

Wikipedia Activity Declining

With over two million articles to its name, the English-language edition of Wikipedia is far from dead.  But new statistics indicate that it may be hurt, as participation has dropped in almost every way possible.

Wikimedia Will Move To San Francisco

At this point, Mountain View, California more or less is Google.  Everyone knows Microsoft’s based in Redmond, and Yahoo’s associated with Sunnyvale.  Now, shaking things up, Wikimedia will move from St. Petersburg, Florida to San Francisco.

Google Becoming Wikipedia Without the Talk Page
In a recent post about paid links, Danny Sullivan wrote about how Google’s army of engineers are going to start hand editing PageRank scores if they think you are selling links, which is a move that wreaks of desperation.

Yahoo oneSearch Finds Answers And Wikipedia

Yahoo oneSearch has gotten a whole lot smarter – the mobile service is integrating content from both Yahoo Answers and Wikipedia.  Frequent travelers will be happy to hear that airline information is getting added, as well.

UC Berkeley Tightens Ties With YouTube

In September of 2006, UC Berkeley became the first university to have its own page on the Google Video site.  Now, a little over a year has passed, and the college is becoming the first to release videos of entire course lectures through YouTube.

Wikipedia To Test Editing Restrictions
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Some people love Wikipedia, some people hate it, and pretty much everybody knows better than to cite it as a source.  A new editing system aims to make the online encyclopedia a bit more reliable, however.

Online Shopping Grows 30%
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Online shopping continues to grow and 39 percent of adults reported making a purchase online at least monthly, versus 30 percent in 2005, a 30 percent increase over two years, according to a new study from icrossing, "How America Searches: Online Retail."

On Wikipedia, Bush More Popular Than Jesus

You may have heard already that Wikipedia hit a milestone recently with its two-millionth English article, which was, ironically, about a Spanish TV show called El Hormiguero. As interesting as that is, it’s also interesting to note that George W. Bush is officially more popular than Jesus.

Facebook Packs Its Bags For Britain
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Facebook’s big, but in the UK, Bebo’s bigger – according to Hitwise, this social networking site has about 1.5 times the market share of its American competitor.  Facebook would, of course, like to change this, and to that end, it’s opening an office in London.

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