Number 5 website in the world, publicly available and the most unique library that anyone can edit in their own language, is a not-for-profit organization that doesn’t advertise anything or anyone on its pages. The company fully depends on the library users not only in terms of rating and popularity, but also on their will to donate money every once in a while.
Wiki hires barely 100 employees in contrast to the other top profit companies on the Internet, having thousands of staff on board. The community has 400 servers around the world as opposed to around a million of servers in Google. However, the major goal of founding this organization is not commerce but highly developed accessibility in the form of ever growing knowledge and total sharing.
We at Holbi value professional growth of our staff and not only invest in their training, but encourage each and every employee’s efforts to learn in their own private time. We consider Wiki as a top resource for basic terms definition and general concepts in essentially any professional field and particularly eCommerce. That is why Holbi donates to Wiki, and we did again this year. We feel it’s an important thing to do and suggest everyone, who uses Wiki, contributes.
Jimmy Wales addressed to Wikipedia users in his letter:
“Google might have close to a million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000 staff. We have 400 servers and 95 staff.
Wikipedia is the #5 site on the web and serves 454 million different people every month – with billions of page views.
Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn’t belong here. Not in Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think, to learn, to share our knowledge with others.
When I founded Wikipedia, I could have made it into a for-profit company with advertising banners, but I decided to do something different. We’ve worked hard over the years to keep it lean and tight. We fulfill our mission, and leave waste to others.
If everyone reading this donated 20 USD, we would only have to fundraise for one day a year. But not everyone can or will donate. And that’s fine. Each year just enough people decide to give.
This year, please consider making a donation of 5 USD, 20 USD, 50 USD or whatever you can to protect and sustain Wikipedia.
Where your donation goes
- Technology: Servers, bandwidth, maintenance, development. Wikipedia is the #5 website in the world, and it runs on a fraction of what other top websites spend.
- People: The other top 10 websites have thousands of employees. We have fewer than 100 employees, making your donation a great investment in a highly-efficient not-for-profit organization.”