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Date: 2018-04-23

Wikipedia has been around since the dawn of the 20th century, and for the first time, they have added a useful new feature.

They call it 'page previews', and the Wikimedia Foundation says that it's "one of the largest changes to desktop Wikipedia made in recent years," and provides readers with a popup window that provides a bit of additional context for the article behind the link.

Reading through any Wikipedia page can turn into a rabbit hole that can take you to places you never expected. The exploration can be fun, and informative, but it can also be a distraction, especially if the article you click on is not actually worth your time.

The latest preview feature shows an image and a couple of sentences that briefly describes the article when you hover your mouse over the link, providing a bit more context for you to decide whether or not you need to click on the link or not.

Clicking on the popup will take you to the article in question, and if you move the mouse away, it vanishes.

Wikimedia added that it's conducted extensive A/B testing to develop the feature, and found most users did not disable it, that "each reader is interacting with the content of more pages while navigating the site," and that the site’s overall page views have gone down as a result.

That appears to mean that users are finding the information on those popups useful, allowing them to engage with more information, all while remaining on fewer pages.

Be sure to browse Wikipedia to check out their latest feature.

You Have To See Wikipedia

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