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Wikipedia Indic Language Stats: 43.5 Million Pageviews In Oct 2011; 131% Mobile Growth YoY

Wikipedia has recorded 43.5 million pageviews in Indian language wikis, as of October 2011, reports Wikimedia. In comparison,Wikipedia had recorded 32.95 million pageviews in September 2011. Hindi retained its top spot with 8.9 million pageviews (8.7 million non-mobile plus 0.20 mobile), followed by Marathi which has 5.94 million pageviews (5.9 million non-mobile plus 0.04 million mobile) and Malayalam which has 5.42 million (5.4 million non-mobile plus 0.02 million mobile). Here is a breakdown of pageviews of October 2011 stats vs September 2011:

Surprisingly, the table seems to indicate an increase in non-mobile pageviews and a decline in mobile pageviews across most of the wikis, which is quite opposite to what we saw in our earlier report. This however might be because of the fact that half of traffic to mobile sites were not counted from Oct 16 – Nov 29 since one of Wikimedia’s two load-balanced servers didn’t report traffic, as noted by the organization in its stats page.

If you however observe Wikimedia’s stats page generated on December 12, 2011, it gives a completely different picture of the traffic from mobile devices for the Indic language wikis. According to it, the yearly growth for all languages has been 131 percent with Hindi growing at 10804 percent, Tamil growing at 20233 percent, Marathi growing at 646 percent and so on. It also shows that Marathi has surpassed Hindi language to become the top Indic language Wiki for November 2011 by recording 7.73 million pageviews (7.6 million non-mobile plus 0.13 mobile). Hindi recorded 7 million pageviews (6.5 million plus 0.5 million mobile), followed by Malayalam which recorded 5.86 million pageviews (5.8 million non-mobile plus 0.06 million mobile).

Articles Generated: If we look at the number of articles being created in these Indic languages in October 2011, Hindi leads with 1,00,511 articles (from 1,00,353 articles in September), Newari or Nepali Bhasha comes in second with 69,827 articles (from 69,826 articles in September), and Telugu takes the third  place with 49,054 articles (from 48,803 articles in September). Other languages include Tamil (40,565 articles, up from 38,026 in September), Marathi (34,651 articles, down from 34,675 in September), Bishnupriya Manipuri (24,764 articles, up from 24,763 in September), Bengali (22, 523 articles, up from 22, 400 in September).

New Articles: The number of new articles per day is sadly declining across most of the languages with exceptions of Tamil which is recording 76 new articles per day (from 55 per day in September), Marathi which is recording 10 articles per day (from 9 per day in September) and Bengali which is recording 4 articles per day (from 2 articles per day). Malayalam and Sanskrit which had recorded 18 and 28 new articles in September 2011 respectively, has recorded only 14 and 12 new articles in October 2011.

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Bengali Most Active: Bengali seems to have one of the most active wiki community among Indic languages with 31.3 edits per article (from 31 edits per article in September) and 47 active editors who have at least 5 edits to their credit (from 42 editors in September). Malayalam had recorded 30.4 edits per article (from 30.3 in September) and 86 active editors (from 85 editors in September).

Protest Against SOPA

In a matter that could impact how Wikipedia works globally, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales had announced last week that he intends to blank out all pages of Wikipedia globally in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), since it could seriously affect the functioning of Wikipedia for everyone. Later, he had asked input from the Wikipedia community on this idea stating that a community strike would be very powerful in this case, as demonstrated by the Italian Wikipedia community few months back. That being said, he however did say that Wikimedia will take due diligence with the strike to get some consensus around several parameters, triggers, and timing, even if the community’s opinion is in favor of the idea.

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