Explore the Wikipedia Galaxy

Ever wondered what Wikipedia’s 100,000 most popular articles look like as a galaxy? No, me neither. But at least we can with this, WikiGalaxy a website that literally does that – it allows you to explore the encyclopaedia’s top articles from last year as a galaxy.

Each page in the ‘galaxy’ is represented as a star, with articles in the same category bundled close together and featured in the same colour. It even features ‘shooting stars’ represented by Wikipedia’s many bots hard at work on the site. Be mindful that it is surprisingly resource intensive – I write articles on my little MacBook Air, quite a well performing machine in consumer notebook terms, but it did take a while getting the ‘galaxy’ up and running smoothly.

While the site has no functional use, it is a beautiful way to explore the world’s most popular free encyclopaedia.

Source: Gizmodo

Wikipedia Releases First Year in Review Video

Wikipedia has released its first annual year in review video. The video is somewhat similar to Google’s video from Tuesday, highlighting the year’s big events. 

The video touches on Ebola, the World Cup, Robin Williams and more – all through the medium of the many millions of Wikipedia articles. It also includes a number of license free videos and images submitted by ‘Wikipedians’ from all over the world. 

Catch the video bellow. 

Source: The Next Web

Click-Bait Links Being Cleaned up by Facebook

Facebook has just announced their plans to clean out our news feeds of click-bait articles and headlines – alongside stories that contain links shared in the captions of photos or within status updates. This follows Facebook’s clean up of like-bait, repeated content and spam links from 4 months ago.

Click-bait is a link attached to a headline which will peak your interest without informing you much about the subject. For example, they’re often using phrases such as “click here to find out!” or “you’ll never guess what happens next!” and things of the like.

Facebook’s official release let on a little bit of insight into why this change is taking place:

“Posts like these tend to get a lot of clicks, which means that these posts get shown to more people, and get shown higher up in News Feed. However, when we asked people in an initial survey what type of content they preferred to see in their News Feeds, 80% of the time people preferred headlines that helped them decide if they wanted to read the full article before they had to click through. Over time, stories with “click-bait” headlines can drown out content from friends and Pages that people really care about.” 

Click-bait articles are becoming quite popular in our news feeds – but often for the wrong reasons. This release shows that the Facebook ‘population’ would prefer articles from reputable companies which actually tell you what to expect in the written content.

Currently, Facebook’s news feed takes into account the length of stay on certain content and the click-through rate of these said articles or websites alongside the interaction data – meaning likes, comments and shares. Using this data, they claim that articles which are clicked on, then with an extended time spent viewing this content in turn means it was worth looking at. This does not take into account the issue of you opening multiple tabs at once, or opening something and taking a break from your computer – so we’re eager to see how this is dealt with.

Facebook is also restricting stories with links in the status or in the text caption accompanying a photo. This may become a concern for many legitimate companies trying to push their products with a where to buy link, or possibly event charity organisations attempting to link to donation portals. The release also stated their intentions for this maneuver:

“We’ve found that people often prefer to click on links that are displayed in the link format (which appears when you paste a link while drafting a post), rather than links that are buried in photo captions. The link format shows some additional information associated with the link, such as the beginning of the article, which makes it easier for someone to decide if they want to click through. This format also makes it easier for someone to click through on mobile devices, which have a smaller screen.”

Cover image courtesy of The Sunday Mail

Inset image courtesy of Facebook Newsroom

eTeknix News Writers Required

eTeknix are expanding at an exponential rate, and therefore we are looking to increase the size of our team to cater for the increased traffic that we’ve seen over the past year. If you want to be a part of this team and help to drive eTeknix forward by keeping our readers up-to-date on the latest happenings in the tech world, then read on.

Technology news writers are required to keep content flowing on eTeknix in a variety of areas including computers, media, consumer technology, mobile, communication, gaming, esports and much more. You will be responsible for researching and writing news articles that you believe will appeal to our readers. Each article will have to include high resolution images and will have to be factual and concise. We aim for articles to be of at least 350 words and to be of grammatical English with correct spelling and punctuation. The right candidate will be looking to create at least 3 articles a day for the majority of the week.

Examples of articles can be found here:

Skills required

  • English as first language
  • Good English skills (grammar, punctuation, spelling)
  • Experience with basic image editing software is desirable
  • Able to proofread your own work
  • A quick grasp of content management systems
  • Previous news writing experience would be a bonus

While this job is not full-time, it’s up to the right candidates to be self-motivated and willing to work for the results. Simply put, the more you put in, the more you will take away

If you believe that this job role sounds right for you, then please send over a CV/Resume and any examples of your work to jobs@eteknix.com

This job vacancy is ongoing until the right candidates are found, but as eTeknix continues to grow, our team will grow too.