Wikipedia Revamp’s its site, Better Search And Navigation

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Wikipedia is easily one of the most visited sites in the world, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon. This morning, the Wikimedia Foundation announced a number of changes it has made to make the experience for visitors and contributors better.

Most apparent is the new look and feel, which includes a refreshed puzzle globe logo, which was originally created in 2003. The Foundation goes into more detail about the logo update in a separate post, if you’re interested in its history and all that.

Here’s what else has changed:

Screenshot of the new navigation
Screenshot of the enhanced edit toolbar
Screenshot of the new content generation dialogs

Here’s what we have changed

  • Navigation: We have improved the navigation for reading and editing pages. Now, the tabs at the top of each page more clearly define whether you are viewing the page or discussion page, and whether you are reading or editing a page.
  • Editing toolbar improvements: We have reorganized the editing toolbar to make easier to use. Now, formatting pages is simpler and more intuitive.
  • Link wizard: An easy-to-use tool allows you to add links to other wiki pages as well as links to external sites.
  • Search improvements: We have improved search suggestions to get you to the page you are looking for more quickly.
  • Other new features: We have also introduced a table wizard to make creating tables easier and find and a replace feature to simplify page editing.
  • Wikipedia puzzle globe: We have updated the puzzle globe. Read more at the Wikimedia blog.

For more details, visit the related Wikimedia blog post.

Trending Topics On Wikipedia

Google has Google Trends, Twitter has trending topics, and now so does Wikipedia. Pete Skomoroch at Data Wrangling built a trending topics page for Wikipedia. The homepage ranks the top-25 Wikipedia articles with the most pageviews over the past 30 days, as well as the fastest rising articles in the past 24 hours.

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Some of the most popular Wikipedia articles in the past month include ones on the Perseids meteor shower, Danish physicist Hans Christian Ørsted, director John Hughes, and G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. These are quite different than the types of search trends you would find on Google trends or realtime trending topics on Twitter. Even the trending topics over the past 24 hours (District 9, Woodstock Festival, Usain Bolt, Gina Carano) are quite different than the hot searches on Google. And, no, I have no idea why Perseids was the top trending topic last month, it is usually visible in the summer.

You can search for any topic, and the you will get a chart showing pageview trends, along with the actual article placed in an iFrame below the chart. It’s as good a way as any to explore Wikipedia.