Spotify Wrapped but for Wikipedia — top 2023 look-ups for the crowdsourced encyclopedia

Spotify Wrapped but for Wikipedia — top 2023 look-ups for the crowdsourced encyclopedia

A great deal of interest in ChatGPT and cricket this year among English-language users

NEW YORK — Remember what you searched for in 2023? Well, Wikipedia has the receipts.

English Wikipedia raked in more than 84 billion views this year, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit behind the free, publicly edited online encyclopedia. And the most popular article was about ChatGPT (yes, the AI chatbot that’s seemingly everywhere today).

Since its launch just over a year ago, OpenAI’s ChatGPT has skyrocketed into the public’s consciousness as the technology makes its way into schools, healthcare, law and even religious sermons. The chatbot has also contributed to growing debates about the promise and potential dangers of generative AI, much of which is documented on its Wikipedia page.

The No. 2 most-read article on Wikipedia in 2023 was the annual list of deaths, which sees high traffic year after year — taking the No. 4 and No. 1 spots in 2022 and 2021, respectively. Individual entries for notable figures who passed away also garnered significant interest this year, including pages for Matthew Perry and Lisa Marie Presley.

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Meanwhile, the highly anticipated 2023 Cricket World Cup took third place — alongside three other cricket-related entries in Wikipedia’s top 25 articles this year, including the Indian Premier League at No. 4, marking the first time cricket content has made the list since the Wikimedia Foundation started tracking in 2015.

“Barbenheimer,” Taylor Swift and more also appeared to sway our 2023 internet-reading habits.

Here are this year’s top 25 articles on the English-language version of Wikipedia:

  1. ChatGPT: 49,490,406 pageviews
  2. Deaths in 2023: 42,666,860 pageviews
  3. 2023 Cricket World Cup: 38,171,653 pageviews
  4. Indian Premier League: 32,012,810 pageviews
  5. Oppenheimer (the film): 28,348,248 pageviews
  6. Cricket World Cup: 25,961,417 pageviews
  7. J. Robert Oppenheimer: 25,672,469 pageviews
  8. Jawan (film): 21,791,126 pageviews
  9. 2023 Indian Premier League: 20,694,974 pageviews
  10. Pathaan (the film): 19,932,509 pageviews
  11. The Last of Us (TV series): 19,791,789 pageviews
  12. Taylor Swift: 19,418,385 pageviews
  13. Barbie (the film): 18,051,077 pageviews
  14. Cristiano Ronaldo: 17,492,537 pageviews
  15. Lionel Messi: 16,623,630 pageviews
  16. Premier League: 16,604,669 pageviews
  17. Matthew Perry: 16,454,666 pageviews
  18. United States: 16,240,461 pageviews
  19. Elon Musk: 14,370,395 pageviews
  20. Avatar: The Way of Water: 14,303,116 pageviews
  21. India: 13,850,178 pageviews
  22. Lisa Marie Presley: 13,764,007 pageviews
  23. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: 13,392,917 pageviews
  24. Russian invasion of Ukraine: 12,798,866 pageviews
  25. Andrew Tate: 12,728,616 pageviews 

According to the Wikimedia Foundation, this top 25 list was created using English Wikipedia data as of Nov. 28. Numbers for the full year are set to be updated by the nonprofit on Jan. 3, 2024.

The top countries that accessed English Wikipedia overall to date in 2023 are the United States (33.2 billion) and the United Kingdom (9 billion) — followed by India (8.48 billion), Canada (3.95 billion) and Australia (2.56 billion), according to Wikimedia Foundation data shared with The Associated Press.


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