Have you ever used the online free encyclopedia Wikipedia? graph of japanese statisticsAs a sort-of follow-up on my earlier post on Wikipedia’s dominance of Japanese search engines, here’s a survey from Research Plus and reported on by japan.internet.com into Wikipedia.


On the 13th of January 2009 300 members of the Research Plus monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.3% of the sample were male, 15.7% in their twenties, 37.0% in their thirties, 32.3% in their forties, 11.7% in their fifties, and 3.3% in their sixties.

It’s interesting to see that only a third of the Wikipedia users saw the request for donations as it was a very large banner, indicating a degree of ad blindness even higher than for contextual advertising.

Research results

Q1: Do you know the online free encyclopedia Wikipedia? (Sample size=300)

Yes (to SQ1) 77.7%
No 22.3%

Q1SQ1: Have you ever used Wikipedia? (Sample size=233)

Yes (to SQ2) 95.7%
No 4.3%

Putting the two together we get:

Q1+Q1SQ1: Have you ever used the online free encyclopedia Wikipedia? (Sample size=300)

Yes 74.3%
No 3.3%
Don’t know the site 22.3%

Q1SQ2: Did you notice during the second half of last year a banner message on Wikipedia asking for donations? (Sample size=223)

Yes 33.6%
No 66.4%

Of those 75 that noticed the solicitation, one person actually donated.


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