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Everipedia (/ˌɛvərɪˈpdiə, ˌɛvəri-/[1]) is a for-profit, wiki-based online encyclopedia[2] founded in December 2014.[3] The site was launched in 2015[4] as a fork of Wikipedia.[5] The company is headquartered in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.[6] Everipedia is the largest English-language encyclopedia.[7]

Before the advent of Google and Wikipedia, people obtained information on various topics from offline encyclopedias.[8] The most recent online encyclopedia to draw inspiration from Wikipedia is Everipedia.[8]

On December 6, 2017, the company announced plans to convert to using EOS.IO blockchain technology, and work on a cryptocurrency token called IQ to encourage generating information.[9]

Origins[change | change source]

Everipedia was co-founded by Sam Kazemian, Theodor Forselius, Travis Moore, Mahbod Moghadam,[10] George Beall,[11] and Christian Deciga.[12] It started as a small project of Sam Kazemian and Theodor Forselius in Kazemian's college dormitory room at UCLA in December 2014.[13] In December 2017, the site announced that co-founder of Wikipedia Larry Sanger had joined as chief information officer.[14]

Article development[change | change source]

Anyone can contribute to a page by registering an account.[15] Everipedia allows users to create any page on anything as long as the content is cited[2] and neutral,[13] even on non-notable topics.[10] Startups, celebrities and other contributors are permitted to create their own articles, as long as the content is sourced.[16] The site attempts to put back the fun into collaborative editing, such as the gamification of writing, where contributors earn IQ scores for edits, according to Boing Boing.[2]

Critical view[change | change source]

Mistakes will inevitably be introduced into articles because Everipedia is a wiki, according to Moghadam in 2017 in Paste.[17] Several dozen vandals have been banned from the site.[2] The site has been criticized for initially presenting false information in wiki pages on breaking news topics.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Everipedia, Inc". Crunchbase. 2018. Archived from the original on 2017-12-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 James, Andrea (12 June 2017). "Can Everipedia remake collaborative encyclopedias to be inclusive and enjoyable?". Boing Boing. Archived from the original on 18 August 2017.
  3. Larson, Joshua (7 April 2018). "ICO Analysis: Everipedia". Hacked.
  4. Chavez-Dreyfuss, Gertrude (8 February 2018). "Novogratz's new fund, others invest $30 million in online encyclopedia". Townhall. Reuters.
  5. Larry, Sanger (12 December 2017). "Wikipedia's cofounder on how he's creating a bigger, better rival—on the blockchain". Quartz. Archived from the original on 16 December 2017.
  6. Gregoire, Waylae (13 April 2016). "Exiled Rap Genius Founder Plans to Overtake Wikipedia, Wants to Suck Mark Zuckerberg's Dick". NextShark.
  7. Greene, Tristan (6 December 2017). "Wikipedia co-founder wants to put the world's knowledge on the blockchain". The Next Web. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Osaemezu Emmanuel, Ogwu (8 December 2017). "Everipedia Set to Become the First Blockchain Encyclopedia". BTCManager. Archived from the original on 10 January 2018.
  9. del Castillo, Michael (6 December 2017). "Encyclopedia Blockchainica: Wikipedia Co-Founder to Disrupt His Own Creation". CoinDesk. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Christian, Jon (4 October 2017). "Everipedia is the Wikipedia for being wrong". The Outline. Archived from the original on 2 January 2018.
  11. D. Evans, Brian (22 February 2017). "Tap for Improvement: Boost Productivity This Summer With These 8 Hot New Apps". Business.com. Purch Group. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017.
  12. Vethanayagam, Navin (2016). "How to land a job at the next big unicorn startup". PRSUIT. Archived from the original on 2017-12-22.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Bowman, Bryan (7 December 2016). "From UMass to Silicon Valley: An interview with 'Everipedia' founders". Amherst Wire. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017.
  14. Rubin, Peter (6 December 2017). "The Wikipedia Competitor That's Harnessing Blockchain For Epistemological Supremacy". Wired. Archived from the original on 6 December 2017.
  15. Lee, Elaine (22 March 2016). "Wharton dropout creates Wikipedia alternative alongside Rap Genius co-founder". The Daily Pennsylvanian. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017.
  16. Olenski, Steve (9 May 2017). "What This Startup Can Teach CMOs About SEO". Forbes. Archived from the original on 10 January 2018.
  17. Weindling, Jacob (11 January 2017). "An Interview with Mahbod Moghadam, the Co-Founder of Everipedia and Rap Genius". Paste. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017.

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