Blog Post #4

Wikipedia is the website that I visit most frequently for information.  It is not always by choice, but when I google something interesting, Wikipedia is usually the first thing that comes up and I never hesitate to utilize the site, purely because of its speed and accessibility.  Wikipedia is extremely user friendly and does a great job of of applying User-Centered Design throughout its pages.  Using sentence design, the website is very easy to understand and navigate, also, the information that I am usually looking for is often in the first few lines. More often than not, the fact or definition that I am trying to find is in the first sentence of the first paragraph.  The purpose of this website is to portray information on all aspects of the world in easy terms, so that people globally can find quick information without a struggle and easily understand what they are looking up.  Countless authors and editors allows for different writing styles that mix together for audiences to read and understand clearly.

The audience that Wikipedia is attempting to attract is really anyone looking up any sort of information.  From history, math, science, sports, cooking, etc… Wikipedia involves every aspect of life in its site.  Although, the site allows anyone with an account to update information on any topic they desire, therefore, there is always the chance that some of information given could be false.  This drives away audiences that are are more serious about the information that they are searching, although there is no way to get a faster answer than using Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is set up casually with the “search” bar on the left hand side of the page, making is easy for users to switch topics and go from one search to the next.  On every page of wikipedia, when  scrolling through the information that is given from a certain search, there are countless article texts that are linked.  Therefore, if users are unsure of something it is easy to click on the blue highlighted word or phrase which will then takes the user to another wikipedia page for further explanation.  There also informational pictures and diagrams that will be found on any page that is searched, making it easy for readers to understand complex descriptions throughout various fields of information and study.

Because information can be logged in by basically anyone with the will to explain their knowledge, there is the potential of false truths, but it is rare.  The website is designed for all ages of people, and to make things easy for adults and kids who aren’t great with computer research and have trouble finding the information that they need.  As far as shadow audiences go, it is hard to end up on wikipedia if you aren’t looking for something specific.  In the case that Wikipedia takes an individual to a page that they did not intend to be on, it is unlikely that whatever information is provided will be harmful to the reader. Stakeholders of Wikipedia can be spread immensely across a wide range of individuals globally.  Anyone searching something on the internet has a high likelihood of having wikipedia show up as the number one search result, regardless of the browser being utilized or the location in which the topic was searched.

 

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