Wikipedia was born on Jan. 15, 2001, and, days before its 10th anniversary, founder Jimmy Wales reflected:
It’s hard to imagine that it’s been 10 years since I first edited Wikipedia. I remember that first day. I clicked on “Edit” and I wrote “Hello World,” and that was the beginning of Wikipedia and all the things that have come since then. I want to thank everyone who has helped. I want to thank all the people who have edited Wikipedia, who have contributed to this great knowledge base. I want to thank everybody who is reading Wikipedia, who is really engaging with ideas and knowledge. That’s what we made it for: We made it for you to read.
According to Wikipedia, 1,000 articles were written in its first month. From those humble beginnings, 400 million people now access the site monthly, according to comScore data, and Wikipedia now boasts more than 17 million articles in 270 languages.
Wikimedia Foundation executive director Sue Gardner on the next five years:
We want to reach 1 billion people by 2015. We want to persuade more readers to edit — more women, more people from the global south. We know that the more diverse the editing community becomes, the more comprehensive, accurate, and rich the encyclopedia will be.