Majority of Japanese Wikipedia users visit several times a week

About how often do you use Wikipedia? graph of japanese statisticsIt’s a while since I’ve looked at a Wikipedia survey, and although the numbers haven’t changed significantly since the last time, this survey from goo Research and reported on by japan.internet.com into Wikipedia serves as a reminder that it’s still as popular as ever.

Demographics

Between the 24th and 26th of June 2010 1,097 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.9% of the sample were male, 17.0% in their teens, 18.1% in their twenties, 21.4% in their thirties, 16.0% in their forties, 15.4% in their fifties, and 12.0% aged sixty or older.

I’ve done some editing of Wikipedia myself; wearing a different hat on one of my other blogs I’ve made amendments to some of the Trusted Computing-related entries. However, being in favour of it, myself and a couple of other users are outnumbered by those wishing to retain the NPOV that Trusted Computing is the spawn of the devil[citation not needed].
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Over one in five Japanese might donate to Wikipedia

How often do you use Wikipedia? graph of japanese statisticsOnly one person has actually put their hand in their pocket, but a surprisingly large number of people would not be averse to sending some money to Wikipedia, according to this survey from iBridge Research Plus and reported on by japan.internet.com.

Demographics

On the 8th of February 2010 300 members of the iBridge monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.0% of the sample were male, 16.7% in their twenties, 26.0% in their thirties, 29.7% in their forties, 21.3% in their fifties, and 6.3% in their sixties.

I wouldn’t give Wikipedia a penny.
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Wikipedia usage rates in Japan

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.

Demographics

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.
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Under 7% of users have edited Wikipedia, 30% want to

Have you ever edited Wikipedia entries? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com recently reported on this survey conducted by goo Research, their seventh regular Wikipedia survey. Note that as with most reports on japan.internet.com they report the highlights, not the full survey.

Demographics

Between the 28th of April and the 1st of May 2008 1,085 members of the goo Research online monitor panel completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.0% of the sample were male, 16.3% in their teens, 18.1% in their twenties, 21.7% in their thirties, 16.2% in their forties, and 27.7% aged fifty or older.

Wikipedia is very good for simple facts – I used it just yesterday to look up English manga titles – but almost every time I examine an article on a subject I know something about it comes up lacking. Yes, yes, I can hear you all telling me to edit it myself, but I barely have time to write this blog, let alone try to keep up with my changes to make sure they get accepted. The latest I saw was a poorly-written complaint about their shops being expensive in the middle of an article about a major electronics company.

UPDATE: Thank you to one of my readers for edited Wikipedia to get rid of the whinge from the above-mentioned page!

I’ve also written a WordPress plugin for Wikipedia nofollow, that even after a year still regularly picks up a few backlinks.
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Wikipedia enhancing/polluting Japanese search results

Do you see Wikipedia articles in the search results? graph of japanese statisticsPlease feel free to select one of the two words in the headlines that fits your own personal bias. I’d love to see a Wikipedia-free Google, myself, or at least an option to exclude it from searches unless specifically asked for. However, I do know that my attitude towards Wikipedia is probably seen by many as elitist, but if you too are fed up with too much Wikipedia in your Google and you run a blog, please feel free to download my Wikipedia nofollow WordPress plugin. It works with Japanese Wikipedia too, but I’ve not noticed it being used on any Japanese sites.

The above serves as an introduction to a recent survey reported on by japan.internet.com and conducted by goo Research entitled the fourth regular survey into Wikipedia and Wiki that they carry out every month.

Demographics

Between the 30th of October and the 2nd of November 2007 1,098 members of the goo Research online monitor pool successfully completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.2% of the sample was male, 16.4% in their teens, 18.3% in their twenties, 21.5% in their thirties, 16.3% in their forties, and 27.5% aged fifty or older.

I found the gripes listed in Q1SQ2 rather interesting; missing from the list above is one of my biggest gripes, that being that articles get too messy and should be reworked to remove duplicated information or to consolidate information. Another big issue, the ever-present trivia section, also didn’t feature. I’m not sure why people get worried about getting a virus from Wikipedia as there’s not really any way for that to happen. I was also surprised that so few mentioned grammar as a problem.
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Most Japanese think Wikipedia needs specialist verification

Do you think the articles in Wikipedia need specialist verification? graph of japanese statisticsThe last time I looked at Wikipedia (just two days ago it was), it was wrong, and in addition the official building name is actually HEP FIVE, all in capitals, I believe. To see how the Japanese react to Wikipedia, japan.internet.com reported on the third regular monthly survey on Wikipedia conducted by goo Research.

Demographics

Between the 3rd and 7th of September 2007 1,078 members of goo Research’s online monitor pool completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.4% of the sample was male, 16.4% in their teens, 17.9% in their twenties, 21.7% in their thirties, 16.0% in their forties, and 28.0% aged fifty or older.

Just to stand on my soapbox for a minute, I think bloggers who link to Wikipedia are just being lazy. One gets no brownie points for linking to it, and in fact you are perhaps weakening your own article and strengthening Wikipedia in the search engine rankings. Conversely, if one links to another blogger who appears more knowledgeble on the subject, you are making contact with someone human, leaving a trackback in their blog that might result in a couple of new visitors to your site, and you may find the blogger will link back to you at a later date to return the favour.

In Q1SQ2, I think “other” is the correct answer! Wikipedia is by design unverified and unverifiable, so to ask the question implies a misunderstanding of the concept behind it.
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Wikipedia awareness steadily rising in Japan

Do you know the online free encyclopedia 'Wikipedia'? graph of japanese statisticsI haven’t talked about Wikipedia for a while, so here goes with a report from japan.internet.com on the second regular survey from goo Research on Wikipedia. The previous survey was conducted two months ago.

Demogrpahics

Between the 9th and 13th of July 2007 1,045 members of goo Research’s online monitor group successfully completed an internet-based private questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample was male, 15.8% in their teens, 16.4% in their twenties, 22.3% in their thirties, 16.6% in their forties, and 29.0% aged fifty or older.
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Three-quarters of Japanese know of Wikipedia

Do you know the online encyclopedia Wikipedia? graph of japanese opinionjapan.internet.com reported on the start of a new series of regular surveys being conducted by goo Research on the subjet of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

Demographics

Over the 14th and 15th of May 2007, goo Research interviewed by means of a private internet-based questionnaire 1,087 members of its monitor panel. 47.1% of the sample was female, 11.7% in their teens, 21.3% in thier twenties, 19.4% in their thirties, 18.4% in their forties, and 29.2% in their fifites.

I think my opinion of Wikipedia is best expressed by the Wikipedia Nofollow WordPress plugin I developed. I feel it pollutes search results as bloggers tend to lazily quote it as it is the handiest reference, reinforcing its strength and putting it on top of Google searches for far too many keywords. In addition, with its nofollow policy, it doesn’t acknowledge its sources in the eyes of search engines, thus strengthening its position in the search engine optimisation wars.
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