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The Longest Now

New Hitwise Data (generated for WP)
Thursday March 02nd 2006, 10:12 pm
Filed under: metrics

New traffic data from Hitwise (.doc)
suggests that by their standards, Wikipedia is also in the top 20 orgs
with popular websites; though some, such as Yahoo, MSN, Google and
Myspace, have more than one site ahead of it.  Thanks to Hitwise  for sharing their results for the millionth article press release.

I hope that some of these leisure sites will start to integrate more
useful content with their portals, and not remain paeans to the id; it
is heartwarming to see useful content providers (such as pure search
engines, and news portals) near the tops of the list. 

Wikipedia fields 11% of education-related traffic, and 0.17%
of all traffic they measured, with getting 1/3 of
that.  I asked for details on their methodology and sample size;
they claim 25 million users, but I don’t know their distribution,
geographically or otherwise.  They also show a pretty flat age
distribution from 18 through 44, and an even split along gender lines.

That 11% of Education-related traffic figure is a little scary to me.

I’m a big fan of Wikipedia and what it has done for the web, but it seems like we’ve become to reliant on it. Kids these days view it as an 100% trustworthy source of information. Even though, the founder of Wikipedia doesn’t even think you should be using the site if you’re looking for the hard facts.

According to a recent report, on average a wikipedia article contains 4 major errors (same as Encylopedia Britannica). Seriously, they should leave the lies to these guys.

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