Monthly Archives: December 2012

Top Websites in the World

Wikipedia is the #5 website in the world.  What is Wikipedia?  It’s the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

Now I’m not sure how or where they came up with that #5 figure or statistic, but that’s what they claim on their site and in the video below. Based on my personal observations and experiences, that may very well be.  If this is true, then there’s a ton of people I know out there that are missing a prime opportunity to use Wikipedia to their advantage.  How?

By sharing local information, personal expertise and experience, education and knowledge, and a plethora of your wisdom’s which could prove beneficial if done correctly. The Wikipedia written in English, was started in 2001, and it currently contains 4,131,052 articles. It is also available in all these other languages across the world.

Wikipedia Search Results

Have you ever noticed how many search results link to Wikipedia.org articles?  They usually show up on the top of the first page of Google too.  C’mon, you know you’ve linked to their articles and pages on some of your websites and blog posts, just like this one here.  This certainly has an impact on their SEO.  So how are you using Wikipedia to help connect with other like-minded individuals who share the same interests and passions that you do?  You’re probably not, right?

This is why I want to bring it to your attention. Watch and listen to what these folks have to share, then sit back and ponder as I did on the variety of ways you could be contributing and engaging with others by volunteering your time and wisdom on one of the Top 5 websites in the world.

 

Here’s some tools and links that can help enhance your Wikipedia experience:

  • Community Portal – Bulletin board, projects, resources and activities covering a wide range of Wikipedia areas.
  • Help Desk – Ask questions about using Wikipedia.
  • Local Embassy – For Wikipedia-related communication in languages other than English.
  • Reference Desk – Serving as virtual librarians, Wikipedia volunteers tackle your questions on subjects.
  • Site News – Announcements, updates, articles and press releases on Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Village Pump – For discussions about Wikipedia itself, including areas for technical issues and policies.

There is a ton of information available on Wikipedia about people, places, and things all from all over the globe. The content is under creative commons copyright which allows any and all users to share, edit, and use freely on their own sites and blogs.  Take advantage of the exposure and knowledge sharing opportunity that’s available on Wikipedia, your contributions and donations just might pay-it-forward and pay-it-back in some very rewarding ways.

Wikipedia is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that also hosts a range of other projects:

Commons Commons
Free media repository
Wikinews Wikinews
Free-content news
Wikispecies Wikispecies
Directory of species
Meta-Wiki Meta-Wiki
Wikimedia project coordination
Wikiquote Wikiquote
Collection of quotations
Wikiversity Wikiversity
Free learning materials and activities
Wikibooks Wikibooks
Free textbooks and manuals
Wikisource Wikisource
Free-content library
Wiktionary Wiktionary
Dictionary and thesaurus


BradsDomain Disclaimer:

Wikipedia should not be taken as an authority on every subject that you research, especially health or medication articles etc. While I have found much of their information to be accurate, the site is accessible to everyone and can be edited by anyone. I have seen glaring errors and a lot of information that gets left out.  Always verify your findings and facts with reputable sources.

FREE Image & Graphic Generators

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Have fun, you’re going to be here a while.  🙂FanSignGenerator

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  2. Your Face On Different Body – The Body Switcher
  3. Novelty Fun Templates – Silly Scenes
  4. Scrapbook Creator – The Scrapbook Generator
  5. Mirrorizer – See It For and As Yourself
  6. World’s Best Person – Greatest Fototrix
  7. Comic Creator – Fototrix Comics
  8. Special Effects – Fototrix Special Effects
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  13. Silly Scenes – Silly Webcam Scenes
  14. World’s Best Award – Silly Webcam Greats
  15. Greeting Cards – Webcam Greeting Cards
  16. Your Face On Another Body – Body Snatcher
  17. Borders – Borders Galore
  18. Frames – Getting Framed is fun
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  25. Comic Strip Generators – Generate Custom Strips
  26. Free Web Page Counter – Spiffy Text Counter
  27. Insult Generator – This one Is A Jerk
  28. Tarot Card Name Generator – Text to Pic Tarot Cards
  29. “Post-It” Note Generator – Create fun custom notes
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  41. Glitter Text Effect Maker – The Glitterizer
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  52. It’s A Baby – Announce The New Addition To All
  53. Celebrate The Holidays – Show Some Holiday Spirit
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  57. Square Sign Generators – Not for the “Hip” Creators
  58. Your Country’s Flag – My Country Tis of Thee
  59. Country Flags – Great Selection of Customizable Flags
  60. Skeleton Bones Logo Maker – For The Gratefully Dead
  61. “I LOVE” Generators – The Cupid Love Creator
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  67. 268 Text-To-Pic Sites and Toys if You’re Bored
  68. Flash Sign Generators – Create Your Custom Sign
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12.21.12 – The End of The World

Well we woke up this morning realizing it was 12/21/12, the day the Mayan Calendar predicted the end of the world.

Our first instinct was to go outside after we rolled out of bed at 6am this morning, and see if the world was gone and we just over-slept?  To our surprise, there was an eerie quiet and our first visual was a full blown rainbow in the Northern sky.

12-21-12

The clouds were mysteriously rolling by as if they were on some sort of time-lapsed video player, and there were fire colored rays of light shining in the eastern sky.

12.21.12

Surrounded by total silence and these elements, my wife and I looked at each other in a bit of awe, sighed a subtle sigh of relief, then went back in the house to brew our daily cup of coffee and begin our daily rituals. The world is still here and we’ve got work to do.

This Prezi was very informative, well put together, features some great effects and audio, and helps explain what I could hardly understand.  It will shed some light on the Mayan culture, myths, predictions, legends etc., and the tale of “The end of the World as we know it!”

 

Now the day is not yet over here for us on the Pacific West Coast, so if you’re in a different time zone, and you know something we don’t, please don’t spoil it for us.  I’m about to run out and grab some Chinese food for dinner and watch a movie with the family.  If for any reason you don’t see any more articles on this site after this one, then you know what happened… and we’ll see you up there, and on the other side.  🙂