I've watched the rise of the blog for the past year with interest. Never thought i'd write one, but things change. Anyways this blog will hopefully chart the progress of Wikinews from its small beginnings - to world domination. Basically this blog is a place for all my rants

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Sorry

Sorry for my low activity lately at Wikinews. I've been very busy at work filling in for a co-worker (well she's actually my boss!), and even busier building my first ever website. Its called takeaway4you.com and hosts takeaway menus in Ireland. Currently I have about 325 menus up on it. I really need a bit of motivation... so if you can, click on one of the ad's please! I'll be back to the wiki as soon as I can (im going on holidays to Nice, France next week for a fortnight... so it will be a while!).

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Too good to be true

After a surge in traffic after the London Attacks everyone was waiting for our Alexa ranking to fall back to earth. However day after day it stayed up... until yesterday when it finally plummetted to 24,929... we were at about 7,000 a week ago. Oh well at least everything else is moving along ok... no disputes, plenty of stories etc.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

A very good day

We've hit two major milestones in the past few hours. We now have over 2,500 legitimate news articles and there has been in excess of 100,000 edits to the wiki since its foundation. 50,000 of these edits have been in the past 92 days alone. Thats 543 edits a day. Not bad, but I reckon at the moment we are hitting in excess of 700 edits a day... so we could hit the next milestone, 150,000 edits, in less than 70 days time... but of course by then hopefully we will have 1,000 edits a day!

Aside from these two milestones, wikinews now has over 3,365 registered users and a total of over 13,350 pages in the database. So things really do seem to be going well... and of course our Alexa ranking has stayed up after the London bombings.

Long live Wikinews!

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Im back

I decided to give up my blog last month so I could focus on Wikinews - but I now think it would be a good idea to keep it as a distraction for myself - I don't wish to get to bogged down in Wikinews.

The 7/7 London bombings were a terrible tragedy - it might have been expected for a long time - but they still were shocking. The Wikinews team (its the first time in several months that I actually feel like we are a real team) responded like never before to the awful news - with Clare White on the ground in London to verify information wikinewsies from accross the globe came together to write quite literally a dozen excellent stories about the events; from several angles - the financial impact on the stockmarkets, the transport problems in the afternoon, the security alert in Scotland, the threat to Denmark and so on (not to mention the actual story about the inital bombings.)

Obviously we never rely on a single source - even with Clare around to verify info - so it was inperative that we use multiple sources to avoid bias or more importantly speculation, particularly at the early stages. The main story on the attacks actually was supported by 24 different articles. We gained a huge advantage over the traditional media by being among the first news sources to publish several photos from London after the bombings.

To put the whole thing (our coverage, not the bombings) into perspective we had a longer, more detailed article than Wikipedia for almost all the morning and most of the afternoon. We hit a new daily Alexa ranking record - 7,993, we got a brief mention in the Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe, and hundreds of blogs gave us positive verdicts. I've welcomed about 100 new users to the site over the last few days. So far this month the top 7 most visted articles on Wikinews have been related to the bombings (number eight is about Bush falling off his bike... again).