Wikipedia.org is the 4th highest ranked site on the World Wide Web, attracking 320 million unique visitors each month. It’s easy to see why: due to the efforts of thousands upon thousands of contributors virtually any topic is covered in its Webpages and any topical search on search engine is bound to offer up at least one Wikipedia entry.
Despite its huge popularity on the wired Web, Wikipedia’s presence on the mobile Internet is far more limited–an absence that can probably be explained by the fact its creator, the Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit with just 24 staff members. Wikipedia has two mobile Web sites, en.m.wikipedia.org and mobile.wikipedia.org, which are respectively optimized for more feature-rich and basic mobile browsers. But Wikimedia head of business development Kul Wadhwa knows its mobile presence can be so much more prevasive. In the latest installment of TelephonyOnline’s podcast series, Wadhwa shares the foundations plans for not just creating a mobile version of its Web encyclopedia, but for extending its platform of “free knowledge” beyond the Wikimedia domains.
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