When you search for something on Google, typically speaking the first page of your search results are the best bet at finding the information that you want. Google places websites at the forefront based on various algorithms and criteria, but in case a website pops up that you’re unfamiliar with, Google is here to help.
When you search for something on Google, sometimes you might get a knowledge panel on the right which provides you with a brief blurb on the topic you’re searching, as well as a link to websites like Wikipedia. Now it looks like Facebook is attempting to do the same in a test that was discovered and shared by some users on Twitter.
One of the reasons why Wikipedia is so successful is that it relies largely on user contributions. This allowed the platform to grow and populate with all manner of articles and content. However, the problem is that sometimes certain articles might not be updated with the latest information or text, meaning that there might be times you come across a Wikipedia entry with outdated text.
One of the advantages Wikipedia has over your more traditional encyclopedias is that they are all user-submitted content. This means that anyone can add information to a Wikipedia entry which helps keep pages up to date with the latest information. The downside is that this can sometimes lead to misinformation or manipulation.
Wikipedia offers up articles in a variety of languages to cater to users around the world who do not necessarily speak English. However that progress has been somewhat slow due to the translation tool that the website uses, but that could change soon because Wikipedia has announced that they will be integrating Google Translate into their translation tool.
While Wikipedia is still generally not accepted for use in colleges and universities as citation, the platform does try to maintain its credibility by linking to actual sources in their articles. Now given how old some of these Wikipedia entries are, you might have discovered on more than one occasion that some of these source links are broken.
As we have seen in the case of developers and companies launching “Lite” versions of their apps designed for developing countries, this is an approach also taken by Wikipedia when they launched their Wikipedia Zero program. Unfortunately it looks like the program will be shutting down and phased out through 2018.
When you want to find out something on the internet, whether it be about a country, a person, technology, a company, a song, a movie, and so on, there’s a good chance you might default to Wikipedia for that information. It is so easily and widely available that we almost take it for granted.
Fake news is a growing problem, but thankfully we’re seeing social media platforms such as Facebook take active steps in trying to curb it. We’re also seeing efforts from the likes of Google, and even recently YouTube launched workshops in a bid to try and teach teens about how to identify fake news and how to do fact checking.
If you have no problems using your hands and your eyes, surfing websites is a breeze and you’ll be able to read and navigate it easily. However there are people out there living with disabilities that makes it hard to navigate websites, which is why Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology has recently announced that they are planning to develop a speech engine of their own.
Have you surfed the net on your phone and come across a word, place, or person you’re not familiar with? We’re sure most of us have, and what we tend to do then is to do another search to find out what it is about. However the good news is that if you’re an Android user, your search process has been made a lot faster.Wikipedia has recently updated its Android […]
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One of the great things about Wikipedia is that it is open to anyone to edit, thus making it a great resource for all kinds of information and for the information to be updated when things change (it also makes it unviable to be cited in college essays, unfortunately). However sometimes the edits might not necessarily be for the better as it could obscure the truth.This is what happened when […]
The folks over at Wikipedia are always in need of money in order to run their collection of servers, and university students ought to be the ones indebted to Wikipedia due to the repository of information in there which comes in useful where their research is concerned, although it should never be taken in the form of the gospel truth. Well, it is nice to know that Wikipedia has begun […]
How many of you guys have grown up with hard copies of encyclopedias, raise your hands! The drawback to physical copies is that not only will they eventually go out of date, but they can never be updated, which might explain why Wikipedia has managed to become as popular as it has today. Not only is the information in Wikipedia crowd sourced, but given its digital nature, it can be […]
Have you ever wondered just how much homework in the world has cited Wikipedia as its source? It would be criminal to rely on Wikipedia for everything in terms of research, but hey, I am quite sure that it has not stopped anyone from doing so, either. Well, here we are with word that Wikipedia has started off piloting a service which will send articles via SMS, and this particular […]
We’re sure many of you guys have come across Wikipedia entries which sound as though someone paid the author of the page to write something nice about a particular product, brand, or company. Given that Wikipedia is expected to be a neutral source of information, this is a little disturbing, and probably the reason why many schools discourage or disallow Wikipedia to be used as source material for reports. In […]
Wikipedia is launching a new "Nearby" feature which uses your location to present local information.
To say that Wikipedia is an extremely popular site is an understatement, considering how a network outage in the past resulted in many students floundering as to who they could cite in their assignments as “facts”. In fact, using Wikipedia as your only source of information is an unpardonable sin in academic circles, but this has not stopped the popularity of the site. Having said that, this veritable tome of […]
Almost all internet using folks have landed upon Wikipedia at some point in their lives. The online encyclopedia has become a vital part of the internet and is heavily relied upon by students, professionals and the average Joe and Jane from around the world. Wikipedia entries not only contain text, they also contain pictures. The Wikimedia Commons project works hard to collect photos and media files that are relevant to Wikipedia pages. They’ve now released […]