Today (January 15th), Wikipedia is celebrating its 13th birthday!
2013 was a big year for Wikipedia. It was just in October 2011 that we were passing the 20 million article mark, now we’re well past 30 million active pages! And with 532 million users a month, the unique visitor count for Wikimedia projects is at an all-time high. Having just finished an amazing fundraising campaign – which brought us face-to-face with countless stories from supporters about the impact of Wikipedia – the Wikimedia Foundation and the entire community look forward to another year of working towards our vision of enabling every single human being to freely share in the sum of all knowledge.
Today we also celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of Wikivoyage. By now, the free, worldwide travel guide that anyone can edit is available in 16 languages.
Despite the many obstacles faced, the future and success of Wikipedia as a global encyclopedia still remains an exciting and encouraging vision that continues to grow. Here’s to another year which will hopefully see an even stronger and more vibrant Wikipedia for all! Happy birthday, Wikipedia!
Carlos Monterrey, Communications Associate for the Wikimedia Foundation