Germans were the earliest and busiest non-English Wikipedians

Series on Germany, post #4

While Germans have been laggards with many social media platforms, they adopted Wikipedia very early on. As many will know, Wikipedia was founded in 2001 and has since then become the 6th most popular website worldwide. Despite organizational issues and a flattening number of editors, Wikipedia is still one of the most impressive success stories on the (social) web.

In March 2001, the German Wikipedia was founded as the first non-English version of this crowdsourced encyclopedia. Since then it has seen steady and steep growth (see exhibit). Today, with just under 1 m articles, it is the largest non-English version of Wikipedia worldwide, its quality is considered high compared to other country versions.

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Exhibit 3: German Wikipedia, number of articles. Source: Wikipedia Germany

Exhibit: German Wikipedia, number of articles. Source: Wikipedia Germany

 

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