On this day in 2001, the first edit was made on Wikipedia.org, two days after the founder, Jimmy Wales, registered the domain name.
In his TED Talk in 2005, Wales described his disruptive idea for Wikipedia in this way, “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge.”
In its 19 years, Wikipedia has become an absolute beast of a website. In 2019, Wikipedia received 2.4 billion visits from search engines per month, according to Ahrefs. And according to Moz’s Link Explorer tool, the root domain, wikipedia.org, has 60.7 million links pointing at it. (<< If you know SEO, you know why that’s impressive.)
Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, has been an outspoken advocate of freedom of speech, expression, and thought. Wales recently launched WT:Social, a social media platform that has been described as the anti-Facebook. No ads. No algorithms. Donor supported.