When Wikipedia began in 2001, desktop PCs were the dominant device for web access. However, a lot has changed in the last 10 years with the growth of the mobile web and the introduction of a new class of devices like digital music players, smartphones and tablets. As we are ready to step into 2012, we find that readers are consuming Wikipedia across a gamut of devices – desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, gaming devices and so on. In this blog post, we share insights about the devices on which readers consume Wikipedia content.
Posts by Ayush Khanna
In the recently conducted Wikipedia readers study, we asked respondents to rate the quality of Wikipedia articles on several aspects: trustworthiness, comprehensiveness, neutrality, variety, and ease of understanding. Although we already employ the Article Feedback Toolto assess the quality at an article level, we wanted to understand readers’ perception of quality on Wikipedia as a whole.
Search and Wikipedia
Search is central to the Wikipedia experience – both as a way of reaching the website as well as discovering content on Wikipedia. Several questions on the Readers Survey 2011 were aimed at understanding the search experiences across nations, languages, and devices. Here are some of the key insights about search from the study:
- a. About half of our readers specifically look for Wikipedia in search engine results
- b. Search is the most desired improvement to Wikipedia
- c. Readers speaking Portuguese and Arabic are much more desiring of better search
- d. Search on mobile platforms does not perform as well as desktops