According to officialwire.com, Wikipedia has crossed the threshold of 3 million article submissions.
Wikipedia, in my opinion, is a perfect example of a well formatted website that has proven to be successful amongst other popular web 2.0 websites despite its lack of glitz and glamour. The World Wide Web and Internet as we know it today was originally created for the transmission of information from one person to another. Wikipedia has stayed true to this origin, and has created a website that allows users to input information that is accessible to other Internet users.
Wikipedia is easy to navigate, and is offered in hundreds of different languages, making it one of the most accessible and informational sites on the web. It doesn’t need Web 2.0 looking logos, graphics, and layouts to be successful because that would be overkill for a site with the purpose of displaying information. I know critics accuse Wikipedia of not being accurate and they accuse it of having articles that are too influenced by today’s pop culture, but I’m not writing to discuss the accuracies of the Wiki system itself. I find that for me, it is much easier to go online, Google a topic, subject, or famous person, and then click on the top link because that organic link is usually Wikipedia’s entry for that search query.
Most of us from Generation Y don’t even own a volume of hardback encyclopedias because we have Wikipedia, and chances are we can find more information about the same topic on Wikipedia than we would in a volume of Encyclopedias. Wikipedia is here to stay, and it will keep growing with our society. The best next step for this Web 2.0 website would to get schools across America to actually approve of it as a reliable tool to use for essays and other important papers and projects.