San Francisco – More than half of all online adults now use
Wikipedia, the user-generated online encyclopedia, according to a new survey by
the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The news comes as Wikipedia, a
product of the San Francisco-based Wikimedia Foundation, celebrates its 10th
anniversary on Jan. 15.
The survey of nearly 2,300 adults also found that using
the site is now more popular than sending instant messages (done by 47% of
Internet users) or rating a product, service or person (32%), through still
less popular than using social network sites (61%) or watching videos on sites
like YouTube (66%).
Pew said that education level continues to be the strongest
predictor of Wikipedia use, with the site attracting 69% of Internet users with
at least a college degree.