Wikipedia Cracks comScore Top Ten

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Wikipedia, the “online encyclopedia that anyone can edit,” has risen in January to become one of the top ten most popular sites on the Internet in the US, according to new numbers released by comScore.

Sites on the Wikipedia ranked ninth overall, drawing in 42.9 million users last month, beating out sites from the New York Times, Apple and Viacom.

Wikipedia already ranks in the top ten globally, but has seen dramatic growth in the US, rising from number 33 last year, according the IDG news service.

Most of the US Web growth seen by comScore reflects interest in taxes due to the onset of tax season, politics, due to the interest in the 2008 presidential election, and travel, due to the winter season. “As we’ve witnessed on an annual basis, consumers turned to the Web at the beginning of the year in a very utilitarian fashion, with an eye toward planning,” said comScore Media Metrics SVP Jack Flanagan in a statement.

The web measurement firm’s total for Wikipedia also included other sites sponsored by Jimmy Wales’s Wikimedia Foundation like the Wiktionary and Wikibooks, but the majority came from the encyclopedia.

Wikipedia contains more than 6 million articles in English and 249 other languages.

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