Monday, June 4, 2012

Selling Books With Social Networking: #8, Wikipedia

Wikipedia is the Internet’s mammoth and free encyclopedia, a valuable reference sourceand an addictive time-wasterfor millions of people worldwide. Almost anyone can gain Google and Bing search links, but most people are not deemed worthy of an article on Wikipedia.

Wikipedia says: “The topic of an article should be notable, or worthy of notice; that is, significant, interesting or unusual enough to deserve attention or to be recorded. Notable in the sense of being famous or popular—although not irrelevant—is secondary. This notability guideline for biographies reflects consensus reached through discussions and reinforced by established practice, and informs decisions on whether an article on a person should be written, merged, deleted or further developed.”

While you can publish an article about yourself, or have someone write about you, you must be noteworthy and the article must be neutral and verifiable. An inappropriate article will usually be deleted quickly. If you want to be enshrined in Wikipedia, do something important that others will notice, like D. H. Lawrence, above.

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