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Happy Birthday Wikipedia!

Birthday cake

Eight years ago today Jimmy Wales created Wikipedia.  It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. Wikipedia has become one of the senior sites on the web, growing from a top 1000 site shortly after its creation to the fourth most visited site on the web in the last few months.

And on its eighth birthday Wikipedia exists in 265 languages and well over 10million articles – with thousands and thousands of active editors.

This morning Jimmy conducted an interview on CBC Radio’s “Q” – a national morning show broadcast across Canada and on Sirius satellite radio.  The interview will be ported to podcast a bit later today.  Take a listen to hear the founder recount the history of one of the greatest projects on the web.

Congratulations to all the volunteers who have built Wikipedia from a grand idea to a truly grand project.  Here’s to many more years!

Jay Walsh, Head of Communications

5 Responses to “Happy Birthday Wikipedia!”

  1. Gregory Kohs says:

    I so tickled, Wikipedia, that you are an eight-year-old! I am really delighted that the Founder, especially, can solely enjoy his singular moment of pride in his “baby”.

  2. Billigflug says:

    Congratulations Wikipedia. You have created a really great page which supports my research every day. Everything I am searching for I search in Wikipedia. If I have a little bit time one day I will post an article, too. Maybe! If the article doesn’t exist yet. What are the odds!!!

  3. Nick Moreau says:

    http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/01/15/jimmy-wales.html

    The interview was turned into a story on CBC News Online.

  4. Muhammad Umar Manzoor says:

    Many Happy Returns of the Day WIKI
    Also Thanks! I am learning more and more from this which is helping me in my research work. When i need any information you are always on the top in helping me.
    Thanks again.
    God Bless to all at your back.

  5. Thanks Wikipedia! I have MVG(MOST VERY GOOD) in a lots och subjcet in School!