The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It.

Today’s Web is dominated by sites such as Facebook and Twitter, where people maintain personal, egocentric feeds. Outside specific settings like massive multiplayer games, relatively few people mingle in shared virtual space. Instead, they use mobile devices that are unsuited to complex creative work and favor neatly self-­contained apps over messier, interconnected Web pages.

  • Web is becoming personalized, while Wikipedia remains as a public good – when Google’s search engine or Apple’s Siri uses Wikipedia content to answer a question, Google users are invited to report inaccuracies, but the feedback goes to Google, not to Wikipedia itself.
  • Wikipedia community constructed barriers to prevent vandalism, which deter the newcomers as well.
  • When Wikipedians achieved their most impressive feat of leaderless collective organization, they unwittingly set in motion the decline in participation that troubles their project today.