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So What Do You Do, Jimmy Wales, Co-Founder of Wikipedia and Wikia?
The co-founder of the wildly popular open-content site talks about his for-profit project, Wikia, and what the media industry can glean from Wikipedia's approach to citizen journalism.

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How Wikipedia Transitioned to HHVM - Posted January 8, 2015
How did Wikipedia complete its transition to ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook's 2014 Open-Source Highlights - Posted December 23, 2014
2014 was a big year for open-sourcing at F... [AllFacebook]

Wikipedia Reveals Which Pages Were Edited Most in 2014 - Posted December 18, 2014
Following Facebook and YouTube, Wikipedia is the latest major web property to weigh in on 2014, the year that was. Their approach, however, is even more relevant to PR and assorted sockpuppets: which pages received the most edits over the past year? Tha... [FishbowlDC]

Kenya Gets Internet.org App - Posted November 11, 2014
Add Kenya to the expanding list of countries where the ... [AllFacebook]

Internet.org App Launches in Tanzania - Posted October 29, 2014
The Internet.org application that ... [AllFacebook]

Ebola Content Added to Internet.org App - Posted October 28, 2014
Content related to the Ebola virus has been added to the ... [AllFacebook]

VIDEOS: Facebook's @Scale 2014, Web Track - Posted October 7, 2014
Facebook held its @Scale 2014 conference in San Francisco Sept. 15, and software engineer Tom Occhino shared ... [AllFacebook]

One Man Wants to Show You How to 'Get It Right' with Wikipedia - Posted September 18, 2014
Have you ever had a client ask you to "look into" or "take care of" their Wikipedia page? Most likely the answer is "yes." For PR professionals and the clients they serve, Wikipedia matters. It is the planet's fifth-most visited domain, and 53% of American adults consult it on a regular basis. Take... [FishbowlDC]

Facebook Reveals Agenda for @Scale 2014 - Posted August 25, 2014
Facebook released the agenda for its @Scale 2014 conferenc... [AllFacebook]

Online Readers Trust Wikipedia More Than Major News Outlets - Posted August 12, 2014
Polarization is a growing concern in the social media landscape. As more activities find a home online, even online dating may have political impact. A common-knowledge resource like Wikipedia may be able to help, but do people trust t... [AllFacebook]

Former BlackBerry Messenger Lead Andrew Bocking Named Internet.org App Product Manager - Posted August 7, 2014
Andrew Bocking, who led the BlackBerry Messenger effort for BlackBerry before leaving that company in February, joined Facebook as produ... [AllFacebook]

Internet.org App to Debut in Zambia - Posted July 31, 2014
Zambia may seem like an odd choice for the site of an application's launch, but it makes p... [AllFacebook]

7 Experts Weigh in on the PR/Wikipedia Agreement - Posted June 12, 2014
This week brought news of what could be an historic agreement between top PR firms and the editorial community behind one of the world's most-used, most contentio... [FishbowlDC]

10 Top Firms Promise Not to 'Sockpuppet' Clients' Wikipedia Pages - Posted June 10, 2014
One of the PR industry's longstanding ethical debates appears closer to a resolution: the matter of ... [FishbowlDC]

Market Force Information Enters Content- And Sentiment-Monitoring Fray With SocialForce - Posted February 11, 2014
The latest solution to help brands monitor Facebook and other social activity comes from customer-intelligence-solutions provider ... [AllFacebook]

Texas Politicians Caught With a Revoked 'Editorial License' on Wikipedia - Posted December 31, 2013
For you tree huggers out there: See what Wikipedia saved? Ah, yes. I love my fabled Lone Star State: the wide prairies; the sprawling plains; the Texas-sized "everything's bigger here" claims. But let's not forget this state's legendary political kerfuffles... For inst... [FishbowlDC]

Wikipedia Tells Top 'Sockpuppet' Firm to Cut It Out Already - Posted November 22, 2013
...and PR is one. Last month we posted a TL;DR piece on Wikipedia's fight to save its reputation from "sockpuppets", or PR people... [FishbowlDC]

Can Wikipedia Defeat the 'Sockpuppets?' - Posted October 22, 2013
It's not just Fox News, guys. Not by a long shot. Wikipedia is in the midst of a crackdown on ethically dubious practices by "sockpuppets" paid t... [FishbowlDC]

Hooray For Semantic Tech In The Film Industry - Posted September 30, 2013
[caption id="attachment_39957" align="alignleft" width="304"] Image courtesy popturfdotcom/Flickr[/caption] The story below features an interview with Kurt Cagle, Information Architect Avalon Consulting, LLC, who is speaking this week at the Semantic Technology And Business Conference in... [semanticweb.com]

Study: Wikipedia Errors Damage Brands' Reputations - Posted September 23, 2013
Most of us rightly see Wikipedia as a flawed but unavoidable source of information; the fact that some of the site's entries are less than 100% accurate doesn't make it any less influential. ... [FishbowlDC]

The ABCs of Using Simpler Language - Posted August 13, 2013
Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten was no doubt pleased with the New York Times' two-star review of his la... [FishbowlDC]

No Satisfaction: Advertising, Privacy Concerns Sink Facebook In Study By ACSI, ForeSee - Posted July 23, 2013
Facebook's efforts to ensure that advertising on the social network is unobtrusive and that ads are ... [AllFacebook]

Wikipedia's Most Controversial Topics Incites Edit Wars - Posted July 22, 2013
Comedian Stephen Colbert once brought national attention to the subject of crowd sourced knowledge in a humorous comedy short about Wikiality, but the nature of controversial topics on Wikipedia is actually more like a digital blitzkrieg. Volunteer editors are constantly changing topics in real-time edit wars that are now being monitored... [PRNewser]

Wikipedia's Most Controversial Topics Incites Edit Wars - Posted July 22, 2013
Comedian Stephen Colbert once brought national attention to the subject of crowd sourced knowledge in a humorous comedy short about Wikiality, but the nature of controversial topics on Wikipedia is actually more like a digital blitzkrieg. Volunteer editors are constantly changing topics in real-time edit wars that are now being monitored... [Inside Mobile Apps]

'Lean Over' Website Spoofs Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's Pet Project - Posted July 5, 2013
First, there was the ongoing unhappiness from shareholders over Facebook's stock price. Now, two comi... [AllFacebook]

At SemTechBiz, Knowledge Graphs Are Everywhere - Posted June 7, 2013
Sing along with me to this classic hit from 1980: "Knowledge graphs are everywhere; They're everywhere; My mind describes them to me." Alright, so that's a bit of rewriting of new-wave band Our Daughter's Wedding's song Lawn Chairs. But it's a good description of some of the activity at the Semantic Technology... [semanticweb.com]

At SemTechBiz, Knowledge Graphs Are Everywhere - Posted June 7, 2013
Sing along with me to this classic hit from 1980: "Knowledge graphs are everywhere; They're everywhere; My mind describes them to me." Alright, so that's a bit of rewriting of new-wave band Our Daughter's Wedding's song Lawn Chairs. But it's a good description of some of the activity at the Semantic Technology... [AllTwitter]

Wikipedia Director Will Step Down to Guard Open Internet - Posted March 27, 2013
Sue Gardner, the executive director of the foundation that runs Wikipedia will step down when a successor is found, according to a statement. Gardner h... [AllFacebook]

Wikipedia Debates Letting PR Pros Edit Clients' Pages - Posted March 27, 2013
BP (that's "Beyond Petroleum" to you, sir) is in trouble again this week for doing the very sort of thing we'd expect it to do: using its spokesperson to re... [FishbowlDC]

Do The Research Before Posting A Photo From The Web On Facebook - Posted March 11, 2013
Photos are the among the most engaging content on Facebook and the major motivator behind the site's ... [AllFacebook]

Early Investor Yuri Milner: Facebook Will Last 100 Years - Posted March 11, 2013
Facebook will last 100 years, as will Google and ... [AllFacebook]

Wikilinks Corpus: What Will You Do With 40 Million Disambiguated Entity Mentions Across 10 Million-Plus Web Pages? - Posted March 11, 2013
Last Friday saw the release of the Wikilinks Corpus from Research at Google, 40 million entities in context strong. As explained in a blog post by Dave Orr, Amar Subramanya, and Fernando Pereira at Google Research, the Big Data set "involves 40 ... [semanticweb.com]

STUDY: Facebook Accounted For 8.48% Of All Web Searches During 4Q Of 2012 - Posted February 20, 2013
Five websites accounted for 20 percent of all search activity during the fourth quarter of 2012, and Facebook sat atop that list, as the subject of 8.48 percent of all searches during the period, according to t... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Scores Painfully Low In Customer Satisfaction - Posted January 9, 2013
While brands are in a love/hate relationship with Facebook, many users are ... [AllFacebook]

Wikidata: People And Bots Busy Filling The System In Phase One - Posted December 17, 2012
Ever heard of the Finnish television series Matkaoppaat? It's a program about tour guides abroad - something of a reality show that looks like it has already spawned copycat programs with more on the way in other countries. But of more interest to readers o... [semanticweb.com]

Facebook To Employees: Start 'Droidfooding' - Posted November 26, 2012
Facebook continues to ramp up its support for the Android platform, putting its own ta... [AllFacebook]

Healthcare Not Yet Mobile: PCs Still Dominate the Market - Posted September 21, 2012
For all the talk of smartphones and tablets, you'd think every American plugs into an iPad after work each day and that millions of PCs currently sit in the corners of our homes gathering dust. Yet a ... [FishbowlDC]

Wisdom of the Crowds: Bing's Social Sidebar Now Includes Quora Answers - Posted August 22, 2012
Crowdsourcing is gaining credibility as a means of finding answers on the Internet. First Google added Wikipedia definitions to its search results. Now Bing is adding answers from Quora. ... [AllFacebook]

Did the Romney Campaign Just Reveal Its VP Pick? - Posted August 8, 2012
In politics -- even more than most industries -- PR reps strive to maintain control over the media narrative and save the most sensitive stories for release at the best possible times. On that note, the biggest news from ... [FishbowlDC]

WikiSeer Tackles Semantic Summaries - Posted July 31, 2012
A new article out of WikiSeer reports that "the Santa Clara based start-up pioneering real-time semantic summarization, today announced that it has successfully tested, training and completed... [semanticweb.com]

A Look at How Programming Languages Influence Each Other - Posted July 6, 2012
Tony Hirst has written up a demonstration that maps how programming languages influence each other according to Wikipedia. He explains, "By way of demonstrating how the recipe de... [semanticweb.com]

Finding What's 'Important' on Wikipedia with WikiMaps - Posted July 5, 2012
ScienceDaily recently covered an interesting new resource, WikiMaps. According to the article, "An international research team has developed a dynamic tool that allows you to see a map of what is 'important' on ... [semanticweb.com]

Wikidata Closes SemTechBiz SF with a Bang - Posted June 13, 2012
Anthony Myers of CMS Wire reports, "Core ideas about a more structured Internet, vis a vis ... [semanticweb.com]

Schema.org Now Supports External Lists - Posted May 14, 2012
The schema.org official blog has announced support for enumerated lists. Adding this support allows developers using schema.org to use selected externally maintained vocabularies in their schema.org markup.... [AllTwitter]

Schema.org Now Supports External Lists - Posted May 14, 2012
The schema.org official blog has announced support for enumerated lists. Adding this support allows developers using schema.org to use selected externally maintained vocabularies in their schema.org markup.... [semanticweb.com]

Wikidata, and a clash of world views - Posted April 24, 2012
Remember the days before Wikipedia had all the answers? We looked things up in libraries, referring to shelf-filling encyclopaedias. We bought CD-ROMs (remember them?) full of fa... [semanticweb.com]

Research: Many Wikipedia Entries Have Errors, PRs Can't Do Much About It - Posted April 20, 2012
Marcia DiStaso, assistant professor of PR at the College of Communications at Penn State University, surveyed 1,300 PR pros and they say 60 percent of Wikipedia entries contain errors about their clients. And because of rules against PRs editing Wikipedia articles, the errors can remain published for an indefinite amou... [FishbowlDC]

Two Perspectives on Wikidata - Posted April 10, 2012
Mark Graham recently raised some concerns regarding the Wikidata project in The Atlantic. Graham writes, "Wikidata will create a collaborative database that is both machine readable an... [semanticweb.com]

SWiPE Plans to Make Search a Breeze - Posted April 4, 2012
Eileen Brown recently reported that SWiPE hopes to make querying search engines a less frustrating experience. Brown writes, "If you struggle with RDF triples (Resource Description Framew... [semanticweb.com]

A Fundamental Linked Data Debate - Posted April 4, 2012
There is a fierce debate going on in the world of the Semantic Web and Linked Data, the question being is it of fundamental importance to realising the benefits of the technology or are they just dancing on the head of a pin. The core debate revolves... [semanticweb.com]

The Semantic Web Has Gone Mainstream! Wanna Bet? - Posted March 13, 2012
In 2005, I started learning about the so-called Semantic Web. It wasn't till 2008, the same year I started my PhD, that I finally understood what the Semantic Web was really about. At the time, I made a $1000 bet with 3 college buddies that the Semantic Web would be mainstream... [AllTwitter]

The Semantic Web Has Gone Mainstream! Wanna Bet? - Posted March 13, 2012
In 2005, I started learning about the so-called Semantic Web. It wasn't till 2008, the same year I started my PhD, that I finally understood what the Semantic Web was really about. At the time, I made a $1000 bet with 3 college buddies that the Semantic Web would be mainstream... [semanticweb.com]

The Semantic Link with Guest, Denny Vrandecic - February, 2012 - Posted February 14, 2012
On Friday, February 10, a group of Semantic thought leaders from around the globe met with their host and colleague, Paul... [semanticweb.com]

#SemTechBiz Berlin - Day 2 - Posted February 7, 2012
After a great day yesterday I was eager to to discover what today's program had to offer. Unfortunately I had to set off for the airport, where I am now writing this, before the end. However I caught most of the day and here are my few thoughts and... [AllTwitter]

The SemanticLink Podcast - Submit Your Questions - Posted February 7, 2012
After December's episode of the Semantic Link, we asked for your thoughts on both the topics we should cover, and the ways in which you would like to interact with the podcast.... [semanticweb.com]

Wikimeta Project's Evolution Includes Commercial Ambitions and Focus On Text-Mining, Semantic Annotation Robustness - Posted February 6, 2012
?Wikimeta, the semantic tagging and annotation architecture for incorporating semantic knowledge within documents, websites, content management systems, blogs and applications, this month is incorporating itself as a company called Wikimeta Technologies. Wikimeta, which has a heritage linked with the NLGbAse project, last year was provided as its own web service. ... [semanticweb.com]

Promoting Open Data: Wikipedians in Residence - Posted January 30, 2012
Over the last two years Wikipedia has benefited from a number of Wikipedians in Residence, people ... [semanticweb.com]

Breaking News: Wikipedia's Next Big Thing at SemTechBiz Berlin - Posted January 27, 2012
A late addition has been made to the agenda for the Semantic Technology and Business Conference (#SemTechBiz) in Berlin, Germany. The conference, which takes place February 6-7 in Berlin, Germany, will now feature a session entitled Wikipedia's Next Big Thing: The Wikidata Project. ... [AllTwitter]

Breaking News: Wikipedia's Next Big Thing at SemTechBiz Berlin - Posted January 27, 2012
A late addition has been made to the agenda for the Semantic Technology and Business Conference (#SemTechBiz) in Berlin, Germany. The conference, which takes place February 6-7 in Berlin, Germany, will now feature a session entitled Wikipedia's Next Big Thing: The Wikidata Project. ... [semanticweb.com]

Liveblogging, Blackouts, and Protests! The Internet Takes On SOPA - Posted January 18, 2012
... [FishbowlDC]

Liner Notes for YouTube - Seevl Plugin - Posted November 22, 2011
Seevl, the music discovery service built on Semantic Technology that I wrote about a few months ago, has released a significant update to their plugin for YouTube. The plugin is still only ava... [semanticweb.com]

New Semantic Resource for Moms: WikiMommy.com - Posted November 7, 2011
A pair of bloggers has launched a semantically powered resource website for moms, WikiMommy.com. According to the website, "There are millions of mommy blogs and sites all over the internet. From blogs to giveaways, reviews, recipes, money saving tips, etc., moms contribute a considera... [semanticweb.com]

Lexalytics Amps Up the Semantic Understanding of Salience 5.0 - Posted October 31, 2011
Bill Ives recently discussed the advancements of Salience 5.0 with Lexal... [semanticweb.com]

Click.to Twick.it Gives Tweet-Length Definitions for Any Term - Posted September 13, 2011
Axonic Informationssysteme GmbH of Germany has released click.to Twick.it, a free service that "provides short, fast, and under 140 character long explanations which everyone can understand... The merger of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia and the 140-characte... [semanticweb.com]

Productontology.org Shares the Product Types Ontology - Posted July 7, 2011
Developers can find excellent resources at productontology.org, home of The Product Types Ontology: High-precision identifiers for product types based on Wikipedia. According to productontology.com, "GoodRelations is a standardized vocabula... [semanticweb.com]

Wikipedia Improves Social Layer With WikiLove - Posted June 28, 2011
Love what a user is doing on Wikipedia? As early as tomorrow, you'll be able to spread that love much more easily. The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, announced in a blog post last week that it was testing WikiLove, a new button that simplifies the process sending of "barnstars" and other accolades.... [10,000 Words]

Lexalytics Chows Down on Wikipedia To Improve Text and Sentiment Analytics - Posted April 18, 2011
Lexalytics, whose text and sentiment analytics engine underpins media monitoring solutions from vendors such as Radian6 (the recent acquisition target of Salesforce.com) and Scout Labs, has a new version of its Salience software that digested every bite of knowledge inside Wikipedia and built an und... [semanticweb.com]

Lexalytics Chows Down on Wikipedia To Improve Text and Sentiment Analytics - Posted April 18, 2011
Lexalytics, whose text and sentiment analytics engine underpins media monitoring solutions from vendors such as Radian6 (the recent acquisition target of Salesforce.com) and Scout Labs, has a new version of its Salience software that digested every bite of knowledge inside Wikipedia and built an und... [AllTwitter]

Semantic Image Search: Next Up For a Major Search Engine? - Posted March 23, 2011
We've seen the big three players in the search engine space honing their semantic edge, and we may soon see one of them deploying semantic technology to sharpen image searches, too. nachofoto says it is in discussions with one of the giants (which it declines to name for now) that could... [semanticweb.com]

Setting Gold Standards for the Semantic Web - Posted March 1, 2011
A new article out of AI3 discusses the need for so-called "gold standards" in the semantic web and examines several possible gold standards. As the article puts it, "The types of gold standards use... [semanticweb.com]

Build Data-Aware Apps, Without the Hassle - Posted January 31, 2011
The day may come when you might not need a team of developers to write data-driven or data-aware apps that themselves can be described in just a few words. Ideally, that would mean companies would spend a lot less money on, and speed up, a long-winded process that encompasses everything from... [semanticweb.com]

Wikipedia to Mark 10th Anniversary Jan. 15 - Posted January 13, 2011
Wikipedia was born on Jan. 15, 2001, and, days before its 10th anniversary, founder Jimmy Wales... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

WikiExperts.us Founder Urges Wikipedia to Embrace Ads - Posted December 15, 2010
Alex Konanykhin, founder of WikiExperts.us, which helps promote visibility on ... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

The Wikimedia Foundation Aims to Raise $16M Over Two Months - Posted November 15, 2010
The Wikimedia Foundation set a fundraising goal of $16 million over the next two months, saying it needs the money "to maintain the infrastructure necessary to keep these sites free, stable, and running smoothly, whi... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Jimmy Wales: 'Wikipedia Assumes Good Faith' - Posted October 15, 2010
[caption id="attachment_6616" align="alignleft" width="271" caption="Left to right: Adweek's Mike Chapman and Jimmy Wales Photo: Nancy Lazarus"][/caption] Jimmy Wales, founder of ... [FishbowlDC]

Wikipedia Cofounder Jimmy Wales Joins Hunch - The Business Insider - Posted December 7, 2009
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LAT in 90 Seconds - Posted February 9, 2007
Meta-News Story: The LAT covered the Anna Nicole Smith death the way you'd expect -- with a breaking news story that appeared online yesterday and a few timelines slapped up to fill space. But check out... [FishbowlLA]

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