Monday, December 2, 2013

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Discussion on "Jimmy Wales Is Not an Internet Billionaire"

1. Imagine yourself as an Internet entrepreneur. You have a great idea for a website, but now you have to put it into production. What would your goals for the website be, in order to make it the most successful? What are some potential difficulties you might encounter? Would you have to sacrifice any traits you would like to see the website have in order to allow for others? 

2. Now picture Jimmy Wales, a world-famous Internet entrepreneur and the co-founder of Wikipedia. He had an idea for a website and put it into action, but it didn't turn out to be what he originally thought it would. What were some goals that Wales failed to accomplish? Why do you think he wasn't able to accomplish these goals? If you were in his position, what would you have done differently?

3. The article talks a great deal about Wales' day to day life. It is mentioned that Wales frequently associates himself with powerful and famous people and often calls his wife "the most connected woman in London." Do you think Wales' lifestyle and connections affect the way he runs Wikipedia? The Wikipedia community seems to think so. Do you think their concerns are well founded? 

4. Wales states that he believes Wikipedia is "more enduring and valuable to society than Facebook or Twitter." Do you agree with these sentiments? Is there a way that Wikipedia could be made to be more valuable if some changes were made? 

5. How do you use Wikipedia, if at all? Do you use it as a fact checker? A place to find reliable information? A place to start when researching? Would you say you find Wikipedia to be a valuable website to you?

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