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Friday, March 27, 2009

Wikirank Tells You What’s Popular On Wikipedia

Wikipedia has a vast database on various topics which anyone can edit. Many times we are interested in knowing what is being popular on Wikipedia. It was difficult till now, however Wikirank makes it easy to know what is popular there. Wikirank is a tool for exploring what's popular on Wikipedia, discovering comparisons between topics, and sharing them with the world.


Wikirank shows you what people are reading on Wikipedia. It’s based on the actual usage data from the Wikipedia servers, which the Wikimedia foundation makes available as a public service. Wikirank takes that data, processes it, and gives it back to you in a format that’s easy to use and share. Wikirank reveals emerging trends, and lets you embed relevant charts in blog posts and on social media sites.

There are three ways to track what’s happening on Wikirank, all available on front page. You can:

1. Compare Wikipedia topics.

At the top of the front page, you’ll see a comparison of two or more topics. From that section, you can view more detail on the featured topics, share the chart with others, or choose your own terms to compare.

2. Go where the action is.

In the second section, you’ll find the day’s “Biggest Movers” — Wikipedia topics with the most dramatic traffic shifts in the last twenty-four hours. Sometimes, these are relatively obscure topics that were simply featured on the Wikipedia main page. Sometimes topics suddenly become relevant, like when a celebrity dies, a news event takes off, or a seasonal holiday is coming up.

3. See what’s popular.

In the right column, you’ll find a list of the Wikipedia topics with the most visits over the last thirty days. They are updated nightly, and the little row of gray bars under each topic shows the traffic numbers over time.

“There are a bunch of reasons why I think Wikirank is cool, but my favorite is how it helps people find stories in the data. One of the great things about the web is how measuring tiny behaviors reveals patterns that tell stories. The data we get from Wikipedia is no different; as we started playing around with the numbers, we saw loads of interesting shapes emerge in the charts.” said Jeffrey Veen, founder of Wikirank.

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