Capitalizes on Pent-up Interest in Wikipedia

On January 15, 2011 online free encyclopedia Wikipedia will celebrate its tenth anniversary. Although the fifth most visited website on the planet has remained staunchly averse to any commercialization, it’ll initially celebrate its anniversary like a large market place, with lots of corporations establishing or expanding visibility on Wikipedia through the first network of Wikipedia writers-for-hire,

As numerous people now make reference to Wikipedia for the information on corporation, in addition to services and products, rather than likely to corporate website overloaded with promotions and other “corporate propaganda”, having good visibility on Wikipedia is recognized as a must-have by most corporations. Yet Wikipedia always discouraged corporations from editing their very own listings and pledged to ban any Wikipedia editor who does offer services services. In December of 2010, openly challenged this insurance policy and offered its services to any or all entities which meet Wikipedia “Notability” criteria. By January, WikiExperts have obtained many requests from corporations found in the Usa and Europe.

The commercialization of Wikipedia also fueled the controversy within the overall technique of this informational giant.

At the conclusion of 2010, large images of Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales dominated every single page on Wikipedia, along with a obtain donations. Seen by 400 million unique visitors monthly, Mr. Wales was arguably the only most visible individual in the world, surpassing even top celebrities, politicians and religious leaders. While unquestionably effective for promoting Mr. Wales, is strategy best for Wikipedia? Alex Konanykhin, the founder of, believes that advertising revenues could provide incomparably better financing of Wikipedia, without having affected its neutrality.

“Would we have a far more easily-searchable Internet if, rather than relying on $23 billion of annual revenues, Google adorned every search page using its founders’ pictures and their personal attract donate?” asks Konanykhin. “The banner with Mr. Wales’ image was viewed roughly 3,000 times every second and was ridiculed Internet-wide. Would it not be preferable showing tasteful ads of advertisers like Rolex and Audi? Did Wikipedia users donate $16,000,000 to invest in Wikipedia??or a personal ego trip?”

Konanykhin explains that donations-only, no-commerce model restricts Wikipedia to relying exclusively on free volunteers, and losing possibilities to involve qualified experts who charge for their time. “Qualified contributors may and will be compensated for their time. History has repeatedly proven that free labor isn’t the best business design over time and on a sizable scale.” highlights Alex Konanykhin, who grew up within the Soviet Union until immigrating towards the USA in 1992 in the age of 25 and founding KMGi, a widely acclaimed online visibility company along with a parent company of

“In its almost 120 month history, the anonymous, volunteer-only community of Wikipedia has evolved to aid an adversarial relationship with subject-matter experts, organizations and companies. This severely limits the development potential of Wikipedia, regardless of how much money is raised.” says David Barberi, COO of WikiExperts.

For instance, Carl Hewitt, a professor emeritus from MIT, is among the many subject-matter experts which have been banned from Wikipedia. Hewitt wrote a paper on his experience, using the following summary: “Wikipedia’s business design is generating Website traffic for articles of the usual understanding and morality which are heavily censored by a commune of mostly anonymous Administrators to motivate financial contributions.”

Anonymity in submission regularly leads to libel and disinformation. One such case was the Wikipedia Biography of John Seigenthaler Sr., the first kind administrative assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy in early 1960s. Seigenthaler was falsely charged with involvement in the Kennedy assassinations by anonymous editors. The accusations stayed online for 132 days, and was spread to Wikipedia mirror’ sites through the Internet.


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