Imagine your cyber world without Wikipedia. Just take 2 minutes out of your busy schedule and imagine if Wikipedia vanishes tomorrow. No more instant references on Google, no more vouching on the validity of information based on Wikipedia, no more stating «… because Wiki says so.» Scared, are you?
Anyone who visits wikipedia. org can’t miss their message in bright yellow on the top of their page: «We are the small non-profit organization that runs the #5 website in the world. We have only 150 stuff but serve 450 million users, and have costs like any other top sites; servers, power, rent, programs, staff and legal help. Wikipedia is something special.
It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think and learn. To protect our independence, we will never run ads.
We take no government funds. We run on donations averaging about $30. If everyone reading this gave the price of a cup of coffee, our fund raiser will be done within an hour. If Wikipedia is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by making a tax-deductible donation. Please help us forget fundraising and get back to Wikipedia. Thank you.»
Personally, we do feel that Wikipedia is not going to shut down in the near future. But when we did a little research, the result was scary. World Book and Britannica, remember them? Or the time before Wikipedia, when you had to pay to subscribe to the information. Then came Wikipedia and made it all free and easy for you.
But the real question that one needs to ask is that, despite the easily available Wikipedia, how much of the content you seek is available at Wikipedia? Also, almost all the content on Wikipedia is not exclusive. There is also the ability to change the content with very little surety of the facts, which has been a turn-off to few academics.
Interestingly, there is another company formed by Jimmy Wales, called Wikia. The company announced the news of it growth of over $10. 8 million in Series C funding by Institutional Venture Partners along with the follow-on from the existing investors Amazon. com and Bessemer Ventures Partners. It will be imperative to note here that non-profit stand point isn’t the only thing Wales concerns himself with.
Let’s evaluate what could happen if the company Wikimedia Foundation goes away. It definitely doesn’t mean that Wikipedia will no longer be available on the internet.
It will mean Wikipedia will be dead, just like your old encyclopedia sitting on your bookshelves, outdated and cobweb piling on them. The existing file will still be readable; they are mirrored on and distributed across many servers. Though the knowledge will still be free and available, but it will lack new updates and information, thus making it unappealing and boring. Though people will still have the ability to alter and expand information available but not having a central organization and the momentum or the effort needed for the editorial involvement of Wikipedia, it seems very unlikely that it will be at all helpful in keeping on top of things.
Another very alarming thing that is going to happen is with that the SEO’s will have a free access to edit Wikipedia pages for their own benefit or their clients as Wikipedia yields a large amount of search result, let’s not forget the fact that Wikipedia hogs the limelight everywhere in Google search.
There are about 4. 1 million articles in Wikipedia in English only and most of them rank number one on Google. It is only conclusively to say that SEO will love to get a hands-on these articles and tweak it to meet their own dire needs. Wiki articles are used for SEO purpose at present as well. You need to add some content and for reference link the site url is given, this way promotion is done.
Another very important point that we ought to mention here is that at least 100 people around the globe make their living from Wikipedia.
They are either editing Wikipedia articles directly or helping companies become more attractive on the same platform. They are going to suffer as well.
Averting all these consequences is very easy if we just donate some amount to the cause. So, are you going to donate? Do you rely on Wikipedia as an information resource?