After struggling to think of what website I could use as an example of audience participation, I decided to give up and do what I do best and procrastinate. When doing so I somehow ended up on Wikipedia and I realised that Wikipedia’s whole concept as a website is user generated articles.
Wikipedia is described as being a free-access, free-content Internet encyclopedia, the running costs of the site are supported and hosted by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, meaning they’ll never be any annoying advertisements as there are on almost every other website on the internet.
The content of Wikipedia is available in over 250 languages and has over 500 million unique visitors each month, making it the 7th most visited website on the internet according to Alexa, a website which ranks internet traffic.
There are currently over 38 million articles on the site, most of which are all user-generated and can be edited by anyone. However, some pages of important people or sensitive topics are protected and can only be edited by certain people, as these pages may become victim of ‘Wikipedia pranks’. In which people post false information on articles. An example of this was during the 2014 Fifa World Cup, The Secretary of Defense of the United States of America’s article picture was changed to the American National football team’s goalkeeper, Tim Howard after a very impressive performance.