#192: A History of Wikipedia


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It is one of the most popular websites in the world and has the goal of being a comprehensive collection of all of the knowledge in the world.

In this episode, we'll learn about the history of this amazing website, why it succeeded where others failed, how it actually works, and its importance as a source of truth.

  • Some statistics about how big Wikipedia is
  • History of encyclopedias
  • Bomis.com and the dot-com-boom
  • The founding of Nupedia
  • Why Nupedia didn't work
  • Launching Wikipedia
  • Why (and how) Wikipedia was different
  • Wikipedia's early growth
  • Early criticisms of Wikipedia
  • Who pays for Wikipedia?
  • The surprising second and third most popular languages on Wikipedia
  • Automating article creation
  • Criticisms of Wikipedia's trustworthiness
  • Trump vs. Biden on Wikipedia
  • Influence of the contributors on what is published on Wikipedia
  • Why you should edit Wikipedia

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/history-of-wikipedia

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