Today I made it onto the homepage of a major Vietnamese newspaper, Tuổi Trẻ (the name means “Youth”). One of their reporters interviewed me (via e-mail) for a story about the Vietnamese Wikipedia a few weeks ago, but I hadn’t heard from them since, so I thought maybe the story didn’t make it. This afternoon, though, one of my colleagues at Wikipedia pointed me to the article, which pretty much paraphrases our user pages and shortens the project’s name to simply “Wiki”. Well, that’s what people think of when they hear “wiki” these days anyways.
I wouldn’t flatter myself to think that I’ve become a celebrity of any sort – that’s the thing I least want. But hopefully the article gave the Vietnamese Wikipedia some much-needed publicity. Within the past 24 hours, we’ve gotten over 50 new registered users, much more than usual. I can’t wait until that translates into more high-quality articles.
Woah, the number of new users has swelled! Well over 100 people have created accounts at the Vietnamese Wikipedia within the past day, and that number keeps going up every minute!