Wikipedia continues to grow, with the online encyclopedia recieving around 20 million more vistors per month, than it did 12 months ago.
As reported by Nielsen/ Netratings, Wikipedia had 46.8 million unique visitors in May 2007. This is a huge 72% increase compared to June 2006.
Research carried out ealier this year also found that 36% of online users in the US consult Wikipedia on a regular basis.
While Wikipedia is often criticised for the imprecision of its articles - “the truly remarkable thing about Wikipedia as a news site is that it works as well as it does.” (Why Wikipedia Works- Center for Citizen Media) It’s chaotic - but it just works!
This tremendous growth in the past year has made the open-access website the most popular news source online. The speed at which the news items are added, edited and expanded no doubt plays a part in its popularity.