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Wikipedia 289% Growth in One Year

According to research by Nielsen/Net Raitings, the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, is one of the hottest and fasted growing popular educational resources on the Internet, with growth of 289% for traffic over the past year.

Educational Reference Web Sites Spike 22 Percent in Year-Over-Year Growth, Led by Wikipedia and Yahoo! Education

Nielsen//NetRatings reported today that educational reference Web sites attracted nearly 46.4 million Web users to reach 31 percent of the active Internet universe in September 2005. This marks a 22 percent jump in the category from the previous year, which can be attributed mainly to the triple-digit growth of Wikipedia and Yahoo! Education.

“The growth of educational reference sites stem from the basic offerings of the Internet – free and quick access to information,? said Gerry Davidson, senior media analyst, Nielsen//NetRatings. “The ‘wiki’ phenomenon offers the added element of user interaction, which appeals to college-educated Web users’ sense of altruism by allowing them to add or correct online content.?

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  1. […] I reported last fall about Wikipedia’s 289 percent growth in the past year, and more about Wikipedia, often called the Blogger’s Dictionary and Encyclopedia. I know that Wikipedia had some bad PR this year, but it still remains an invaluable resource. […]

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