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Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, January 15, 2008
16 years ago2,881 views

Why is Wikapedia #1 in Google Hot Trends?
http://www.google.com/trends/hottrends?sa=X&date=2008-1-15

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

lots of people go to wikipedia...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

The word is wik*a*pedia though...

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Oh...hmm...weird

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Maybe that's a common misspelling when people search for this after hearing on it on radio or something...

Or, Google is manually adjusting these stats (e.g. to remove adult stuff) but they screwed up with a manual edit, introducing a spelling error. Happened with the (definitely semi-manual) Google Zeitgeist reports before :)

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

BTW, it's gone now but it's still at #3 for yesterday:

http://www.google.com/trends/hottrends?sa=X&date=2008-1-14

Perhaps they group common spellings together and just take the first spelling alternative alphabetically?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

<<Perhaps they group common spellings together and just take the first spelling alternative alphabetically?>>

No, Wikipedia is a popular search term and it wouldn't normally appear in Hot Trends. I also think a lot of people heard some news about Wikipedia and tried to find the site. Maybe this one:
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/generalnews/display.var.1961862.0.lecturer_bans_students_from_using_google_and_wikipedia.php

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

<<e.g. to remove adult stuff>>
There's two mentions of "Sex Tape" :-/

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

I suppose it comes from a TV Show, which is typically the kind of source which generates a lot a traffic in a really short time. Maybe the TV show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" asking:
"What is the name of the famous online encyclopedia?"
>A : Wikapedia
>B : Wokapidia
>C : Wikipedia
>D : Weepikedia

;-)

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