Wikipedia, past and present
January 15th, 2011

Happy birthday, Wikipedia!

42% of Americans turn to Wikipedia for information, up from 25% in 2007

Wikipedia, the “multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project,” was created in 2001 and celebrates its tenth anniversary on January 15, 2011. The percentage of all American adults who use Wikipedia to look for information has increased from 25% in February 2007 to 42% in May 2010, a 17 percentage point increase. The proportion of adults who use the internet over that same time period grew at a more modest rate, from 71% to 79% of all adults.

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download the Pew Internet Report (pdf) on Wikipedia’s development.

A birthday message from Wikipedia Founder @jimmy_wales #WP10

source: @Pew_Internet tweets

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