Map That Can Spy Upon People Who Edit Wikipedia
Wikipedia, the encyclopedia of the internet might be one of the most informative and useful online information stores but since the contents tend to undergo constant changes all the time, it is said to be a bit unreliable.
However, two programmers, Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi have come up with a new visualization world map literally known as the Wikipedia Recent Changes Map. With the help of that map, viewers can clearly see which article is being edited in real time and from where the article is being edited.
Speaking on the Wikipedia Recent Changes Map, the two programmers said that only non-registered users can be spied on and tracked down on the map to see what they are editing in real time.
"When an unregistered user edits Wikipedia, he or she is identified by his or her IP address. These IP addresses are translated to users' approximate geographic location. Unregistered users only make a fraction of total edits -- only 15% of the contributions to English Wikipedia are from unregistered users. Edits by registered users do not have associated IP information, so the map actually represents only a small portion of the total edit activity on Wikipedia," said the two programmers on the site.
Since the map can track only unregistered users editing the contents in encyclopedia, it can display only around one-fifth of the articles being edited.
Click here to see which article is being edited now.
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