Wikipedia boasts over 900,000 entries, which is more than any encyclopedia that I know of, so I though that just maybe I might find an article for the company I work for. It is a pretty big company, so I figured I had a 50/50 shot. So I searched. ...Nope, no entry.
I thought to myself, maybe people just don't use Wikipedia for companies, or maybe self-promoting company articles were removed. So I searched for "IBM". ...Yep, found them.
I started following the "see also" links at the bottom of the article. It let me to level after level in reverse, all the way to a top level list of company categories. On the way up I found companies listed by state, by country, by city, by the exchange on where they are traded, by industry, by revenue, and any other classification I could find.
So, where was my company?
Ok, so maybe not every company is listed, I can understand that. So I searched for a company that I heard about on a podcast, 37 Signals, which is a very small company of only 7 employees. So I searched. ...Yup, they have one.
Let me try searching for one of my favorite TV stations (no, not Fox), The History Channel. Yep, they have one too. They even have the company logo in the article, not to mention a list of all of their shows. The list though seems incomplete, at the end of the list of shows it says, "This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it".
So, what is the moral of my story?
There isn't any moral. It is interesting though at the types of information available on Wikipedia, even if my company isn't listed. I consider my self an unfrequent Wikipedia user, but I may need to do some digging to see what gems I can find there. ...And I think my company needs to have their own entry.
Update [8:44 am] - I was surfing Wikipedia, and decided to search for a PBEM I play called Lords of the Earth, I figured that there was a small chance that I might find it. ...Yeah, it was there. Even the last company I worked for, which went bankrupt in 2000 is listed.