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.
See also related posts:
- Only China and the US have more active internet users than Germany (series on Germany, post #1)
- Germans were late to social media but caught up in 2007/2008 (series on Germany, post #2)
- Number of Germans actively managing a social network profile ranked 6 worldwide (series on Germany, post #3)