Wikipedia Day – 15 January
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Today is the 20th birthday of Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a multilingual online encyclopedia, created and maintained by volunteer editors across the world. It is one of the world’s 15 most popular websites as ranked by Alexa (as of January 2021).
What is an encyclopedia?
An encyclopedia is a book or set of books that has facts about many different subjects or a single subject.
Wikipedia was launched on 15 January 2001, by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. It is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, an American non-profit organisation and runs on donations. Unlike many free websites, it has no advertisements.
It first started as an English-language encyclopedia but is now available in hundreds of languages. Overall, today, Wikipedia has more than 55 million articles and attracts 1.7 billion unique visitors per month.
When Wikipedia first started, it was criticised for having a lot of incorrect information. But, today, it has become very successful.
How are you celebrating Wikipedia Day?
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