The United Kingdom newspaper The Guardian just wrote an article listing “The 50 most-viewed Wikipedia articles in 2009 and 2008.”
The top ten are:
1) Wiki (131,383 page hits per day)
2) The Beatles (111,896)
3) Michael Jackson (79,734)
4) Favicon.ico (78,077)
5) YouTube (72,318)
6) Wikipedia (52,542)
7) Barack Obama (49,401)
8)Deaths in 2009 (48,758)
9) United States (46,545)
10) Facebook (42,679)
You can go to the article to see the rest of the list.
Wikipedia itself has a continually updated list (hourly) of its most popular pages.
Thanks to Read Write Web for the tip.
As I’ve explained in earlier pieces, I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”