This is probably better off in "Wikipedia in the Media", but I didn't know if it would get lost in the automatically created threads there, so am plonking it here.
I was wading my way through a (frankly rather lightweight) book called "How they started in the tough times" which examines 25 organisations which started during economic down-turns and how they coped.
Strangely, one of those was Wikipedia. Whilst I won't bore you with a recitation of all of the relevant chapter's contents (although if anyone wants a scanned copy of the chapter for interest's sake then let me know) there were a couple of areas which I knew would be of interest to some of those on this board who hold views on the way in which history has / is being re-written.
Amongst other bits, Bomis.com is described as "a basic search portal ... focusing on pop culture", Jimmy Wales "hired philosopher Larry Sangster (sic) as editor-in-chief
", and in early 2008 "Jimmy took on search engine giant Google, with the launch of WikiaSearch, a community-based search engine
", but in April 2009 he "took the decision to close down WikiaSearch, even though it has (sic?) established itself as the fifth-fastest growing member community in February 2008, with around just under four million users
". I had to chuckle at the narrowly-drawn pool of competitors for that particular award.
Oh, and the article's illustrated with two photos - this one
of Jimmy and a coupe of other savoury characters at a conference in 2004, and this one
from Jimmy's page on Wikipedia.
Apropos of nothing, but I thought it may be of interest.