Live anonymous edits to Wikipedia on Google maps
October 30, 2007 7:25 AM   Subscribe

Man, this keeps crashing my Safari. Anyone else?
posted by ORthey at 7:27 AM on October 30, 2007

The Lifecycle of a New Internet Technology:

1) Look, this is cool!
2) Look, I'm creating content!
3) Look, I can edit the content you created!
4) Look!
posted by DU at 7:29 AM on October 30, 2007 [2 favorites]

I love this.
posted by greasepig at 7:29 AM on October 30, 2007

This is at first a kind of interesting technical mashup that once you see and get it, quickly becomes boring. But if one asks why certain types of edits are being made from certain places, it becomes an exercise in global knowledge.

For example why is someone from Saudi Arabia editing about a village in India on the English Wikipedia? India is the most populated English speaking nation in the world, and there are many Indian migrant workers in the Middle East.
posted by stbalbach at 7:31 AM on October 30, 2007

Are we still editing wikipedia?
posted by dead_ at 7:39 AM on October 30, 2007

Wow. I just watched someone in (near-)real time in Winnpeg add the phrase "over ;arge penis's" to a heading in an article about "Sweatshop controversy".

posted by aught at 7:47 AM on October 30, 2007

Are we still bashing wikipedia?
posted by CautionToTheWind at 7:50 AM on October 30, 2007

If Cory Doctorow was a search engine, this post would be SEO spam.
posted by danb at 8:31 AM on October 30, 2007

And very cool.
Thanks, stbalbach.
posted by bru at 8:31 AM on October 30, 2007

wow. Just when I was starting to get bored of the lame vandal edits, someone in Illinois goes and gives Nestor Kirchner the nickname "Google Eye".
posted by kickback at 8:54 AM on October 30, 2007

Nazca Lines! Macrophage! WWE Armageddon!
posted by kittyprecious at 9:38 AM on October 30, 2007

Ooh! Someone just a few miles away from me just edited Plessy v. Ferguson. Let's see what they added!
This thing is depressing.
posted by bluishorange at 10:17 AM on October 30, 2007

Yes, quite fascinating. Thanks for the post stbalbach.

Wikipedia in 2001.
posted by nickyskye at 10:20 AM on October 30, 2007

I love how often I see a little balloon indicating that someone has edited an anime related article.
posted by shmegegge at 10:42 AM on October 30, 2007

Yeah, I've got to go with depressing also. So much vandalism and "your favorite hockey player sucks."
posted by marginaliana at 10:59 AM on October 30, 2007

In addition to the vandalism are a lot of plain old bad edits. Lots of fractured grammar especially.

These sorts of edits are reverted pretty quickly though.
posted by aerotive at 11:10 AM on October 30, 2007

Why isn't the actual change in the balloon? It's in the RSS feed; it doesn't seem like it'd be a lot of work to scrape.

But anyway, cool idea.
posted by roll truck roll at 11:31 AM on October 30, 2007

Odd, I just went back to the site and it's showing me the same series of edits as it did the first time. Is it real-time, or is it memorex?
posted by sevenyearlurk at 12:11 PM on October 30, 2007

It is funny how the so-called anonymous edits are the only ones that are geolocatable !
posted by finite at 9:45 PM on October 30, 2007

Except to the 20 or so of the ~1300 admins who have the special CheckUser ability.
posted by finite at 9:47 PM on October 30, 2007

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