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Wikipedia loses nearly 10 percent pageviews last year, courtesy Google

wikipediaWikipedia, known as free online encyclopedia, has lost nearly 10 percent pageviews in 2013, whereas there was a gap of about 2 billion between December 2012 and December 2013.

As per the stats collected, even the pageviews of its most popular versions, viz. English, Japanese, and German are declining.

The page views of Indian language version of Wikipedia, on the other hand are increasing with Hindi, Bengali and Malayalam topping the list.

The online site is said to be losing grounds due to increasing adoption of Google knowledge graphs project launched in January 2013. Wikipedia manager’s however report this to be a counting error.

“There is a possibility this fluctuation is due to how our servers record mobile traffic data or how certain applications may be accessing our data. We will not make any conclusive statements about the cause of these page-view fluctuations until a thorough review is complete” said Jay Walsh, adviser to Wikimedia Foundation, a California based non-profit that manages Wikipedia.

Those who are unaware of Google’s knowledge graph project, have a look at the video here:

Wikipedia was launched in 2001 and is currently the sixth most visited website, with 523 million unique visitors last year, according to comScore.

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