Saturday, November 19, 2011

Co-Founder of Google Donate funds to Wikimedia

Wikimedia Foundation, which is the parent company of the encyclopedia site, Wikipedia managed to reap a donation of $500.000. Donations came from one of the founders of Google and 23andMe, which Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki. They both give half a million dollars to the Wikimedia Foundation. "This grant is an important support for the Wikimedia Foundation, and I hope this will send a signal, we begin our annual fundraising campaign for this week," said Sue Gardner, executive director of Wikimedia Foundation.

Wikimedia projects which have reached more than 477 million visitors worldwide each month, and make Wikipedia into the five most famous sites in the world. Wikipedia is available in more than 280 languages ​​and offers over 20 million articles, contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100 thousand people.

Rob Enderles, principal analyst at Enderle Group was pleased to see support for the Wikimedia Foundation. He compares the support for Wikimedia by WikiLeaks, which stopped publishing temporarily because of lack of funds. "WikiLeaks branded a terrorist organization and locked from anyone who can use credit cards to make donations to the site," said Enderles.

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