I'm working at home today and had CNN on in the background. At 1:46 PM Eastern US time, CNN announced that CIA Director Porter Goss is resigning. Just for fun, I immediately went to the Wikipedia entry on Porter Goss. It didn't mention his resignation. A couple of minutes later I hit refresh and it was updated to reflect that he was "a former CIA director". I looked at the version diff and it turns out someone updated Wikipedia within 2 minutes of the news breaking.
I know Wikipedia often catches flack from people like Nick Carr who lament spotty content quality, but I am still amazed that there's a valid encyclopedia that can be updated within two minutes of a surprise announcement. When I was little growing up in Hershey and Harrisburg Pennsylvania, for the longest time we had a 10 year-old set of Encyclopedia Britannica, and I remember thinking that was pretty cool!
My kids are definitely going to laugh at me some day... :-)
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