Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia and one of the most popular sources of information on the internet. In fact, Wikipedia is featured on the first two pages of Google for 15.4 million keywords.
Wikipedia content is largely crowdsourced by its network of authors and contributors. As a result, any page can be modified by anyone. As such, you may not always be aware that a Wikipedia page that you care about has been modified.
What if there was a way to get notified every time someone edited an important Wikipedia page? What if you could receive a change alert from Wikipedia whenever your own business' page or a competitor’s page was modified? What if you want to just monitor Wikipedia pages in general? As it turns out, you can with change detection tools, like Visualping.
Below are some reasons you may wish to implement change monitoring for a Wikipedia page:
Editorial purposes: If you are an editor of a Wikipedia page, monitoring changes can help you ensure that the page is accurate and up-to-date.
Research: If you are a researcher or are otherwise interested in a specific topic, monitoring a Wikipedia page can help you stay up-to-date on the latest information about that topic.
Wikipedia defacement: A disgruntled former employee or angry customer may choose to leave a negative comment on your Wikipedia page as revenge. Likewise, a competitor may decide to update your company’s Wikipedia page with inaccurate information. If this were to happen, you need to be able to see the changes before a customer gets to it.
Here are some steps you can take to stay on top of important Wikipedia articles with change alerts:
Staying on top of your change alerts does not have to be a painful, manual process. Online alert tools, like Visualping, conveniently notify you when there is a change on any website that matters to your business.
Visualping is one of the world’s leading change detection tools, with over a million users. Visualping also features different ways to monitoring your pages, from visual to text to elements. For our case today with monitoring changes on your Wikipedia page, using Text Compare will be the best.
You are now ready to start monitoring changes on your Wikipedia page. You will need to confirm your email to ensure Visualping deploys your change alerts to the correct inbox with your permission. Once that is completed, you will receive an email notification the next time someone modifies your Wikipedia page.
The alternative to automated platforms like Visualping is a manual tracking process. It is a bit more time consuming, but you have the option to set up alerts natively via Wikipedia.
To do this, you create a Wikipedia watch list. The watch list allows you to organize pages of interest in the form of a list. When a change is made to the page (new content, title changes, content deletions, etc.), you are notified via your watchlist.
Recent changes to your pages, such as page migration, also appear on your watch list. You will be able to see when the title of a page on your watch list has changed, as the old title will be moved to the new one.
Watchlists are private. So, no user (not even Wikipedia administrators) could see what is on your watch list.
If you want an automated means of tracking your Wikipedia page, Visualping is your best bet. It is very easy to set up. (Simply follow the steps outlined above). Visualping gives you customized options (frequency, format, and more) and allows you to track specific pages. Plus, it streamlines the alerts in your inbox.
It is important to note that Wikipedia change alerts are not provided for specific pages. Instead, you are notified every time there is a change on any page on your watch list. If you miss an email notifying you of a change or fail to visit the page, no additional notifications are sent for that change. You may still visit the page and view the edit-summaries to see any changes since your last visit.
With Visualping, you can track specific URLs, automate your change alerts and monitor page modifications with ease.