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Hot Press scoops interview with Wikipedia Guru

Jimmy Wales, the normally reclusive creator of Wikipedia, now the fourth most visited website in the world, has spoken at length, for the first time, about his life and his work. The interview, conducted by Jason O'Toole for Hot Press magazine, took place over three hours in the San Francisco offices of Wikia Inc, the spin off commercial relative-sites of the volunteer driven Wikipedia.

The Hot Press Newsdesk, 25 Mar 2009

In the Hot Press interview he also talks about illegal music downloads, how he'd like U2 to do a serious song about editing Wikipedia, and the issue of porn on the internet, and describes himself as "basically just this geeky guy who loves the internet."

The interview also covers Wales’s salary, the slowing down of traffic growth on the site, the value of Wikipedia, and his views on Larry Sanger, his former colleague who claimed he co-founded Wikipedia. Interviewer O'Toole also questions Wales about reports of him editing his own entry and on issues of privacy, Facebook ("I am completely addicted to Facebook. I use it all the time. It can be a complete waste of time”), Google, Microsoft and their rivals Open Office.

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