Category Archives: Observations

Wikipedia Mobile Traffic

Red line: Wikimedia Traffic Analysis Report – Browsers + Archive Blue line: Page Views for Wikimedia, All Projects, All Platforms, Normalized If asked to define ‘Wikipedia mobile traffic’ you might answer ‘Wikipedia page requests originating from mobile devices’ or perhaps … Continue reading

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770+ pages, all main

No wiki without a Main Page. No Wikimedia without 770+ Main Pages. Main Page of the month:

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New editors are joining English Wikipedia in droves?

After deliberation I decided to publish this story as one article despite its length, for clarity sake. *Dec 7th: I changed the exclamation mark into a question mark. See also remark at end of this blog on how to interpret … Continue reading

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Wikipedia’s Growth Animated

For Wikimania 2009 I updated this animation, which I had first published in March 2008. Thanks to Hans Rosling for inspiration. I chose to use newest technology for implementation (html 5, canvas object, javascript only). Hence the animation runs only … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson

On June 25, only moments after rumours of the death of Michael Jackson had begun to spread, Wikipedia began to feel the impact of a shock wave of curiosity. According to Wikinews hoaxes started to spread, internet sites suffered from … Continue reading

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H1N1 Flu or New Flu or …

    Click images for original size. Articles: EN: English / ES:Spanish / DE: German / PL: Polish /JA: Japanese / FR: French / PT : Portuguese / IT : Italian / NL : Dutch / RU : Russian Raw … Continue reading

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Wikimedia’s almost perfect memory

Many editors and readers of Wikimedia projects (and other Mediawiki wikis) may know that for every article the full history of prior revisions is available online, for static linking, edit comparisons and browsing. Even most of these better informed people … Continue reading

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Quantifying volunteer contribution

Here is an interesting albeit hypothetical question: “If all volunteer work done by the Wikimedia community had been done instead by a commercial company, how much would that have cost? Of course there is no definitive answer to this, given … Continue reading

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Pretty much none whatsoever

Han-Teng Liao recently inquired about the effects of the unblocking of the Chinese Wikipedia on the traffic volume directed to zh.wikipedia.org. He may be as amazed as I am that the effect in terms of number of page requests has … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin

Ever heard of Sarah Palin? I bet you know a few things about her. I bet you did not one week ago. When senator John McCain announced she would be his running mate for the presidential election she was unknown … Continue reading

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