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Everipedia logo.svg
Type of site
Online encyclopedia
FoundedDecember 2014; 3 years ago (2014-12)
HeadquartersWestwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Coordinates34°03′42″N 118°26′28″W / 34.0617020°N 118.4412350°W / 34.0617020; -118.4412350
Key peopleLarry Sanger
IndustryDot-com company
Alexa rankDecrease 25,443 (As of 3 November 2018)[1]
Current statusActive
Content license
Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Int'l

Everipedia (/ˌɛvərɪˈpdiə, ˌɛvəri-/) is a wiki-based online encyclopedia. Founded in December 2014, the site was launched in January 2015 as a fork of Wikipedia. It is owned by Everipedia, Inc., a for-profit company headquartered in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. As of December 2017, Everipedia is the largest English-language encyclopedia, according to Inverse, and has over six million articles, according to The Block, although the majority of these are copies of Wikipedia articles.

The site's name is a portmanteau of the words "everything" and "encyclopedia". Everipedia aims to build the most accessible online encyclopedia, and not be as restrictive as Wikipedia.[2] Everipedia adapted social media elements such as letting celebrities communicate with fans,[3] and allows users to create pages on any topic as long as the content is cited and neutral.[4][5] As of 2018, the site has been criticized for presenting false information on breaking news events, and for its original articles being focused on sensational topics such as YouTubers.

The company uses EOS blockchain technology and a cryptocurrency token called IQ to encourage generating information. One of the goals of the company is to stop certain countries from blocking its content by the integration of the blockchain model. Everipedia launched on the EOS blockchain on August 9, 2018.


Everipedia was founded in December 2014[6] and started as a small project of Sam Kazemian and Theodor Forselius in Kazemian's college dormitory room at UCLA.[4][7] The encyclopedia launched in January 2015.[8][9] Travis Moore joined the company as a co-founder in the winter of 2015 and Mahbod Moghadam joined as a co-founder in July 2015.[4][7]

In October 2015, George Beall was introduced to the founders of Everipedia at a conference at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.[2] After selling his technology start-up Touch Tiles in January 2016, Beall joined the group of co-founders.[2] In September 2017, co-founder of Wikipedia, Larry Sanger, became the chief information officer of Everipedia.[10][11]


Everipedia is for-profit, not a foundation.[12] The site's name is a portmanteau of the words "everything" and "encyclopedia".[13] The website is owned by Everipedia, Inc.[14] The company is headquartered in a penthouse in Westwood, Los Angeles, California near UCLA.[4] The site depicts itself as "the encyclopedia of everything" and formerly as "everyone's encyclopedia".[9][15] In January 2017, they had eight full-time workers including two developers.[16] As of February 2018, Everipedia has 15 full-time workers.[17]

The company has raised capital and brought in angel investors. In July 2015, the company got its first seed funding from Mucker Capital[4] and has raised close to $130,000 on Wefunder.[18] As of January 2017, they raised $700,000 from angel investors.[16] It was announced on February 8, 2018, that the company raised $30 million in funding headed by Galaxy Digital's EOS.io Ecosystem Fund.[19]

The company stated in 2016 that they are worth $10 million.[2] In 2016, the site generated most of its income from advertisements.[4] In 2017, banner advertisements generated around $150 to $300 every day.[20] Also in 2017, there was a message at the bottom of every article stating, "Advertise" that directed to information for potential sponsors.[21] Kazemian discussed in an interview that people can have paid ads on selected Everipedia pages, similar to ads on Facebook.[22] The company aims to generate income through ways apart from donations or banners.[23]

In October 2018, Everipedia opened its first European office in Stockholm, Sweden.[24]


On December 6, 2017, the company announced plans to move to generating edits and storing information using the EOS blockchain.[25] Everipedia also stated they are building a peer-to-peer wiki network that adds an incentive system by using Bitcoin to incentivize editors with tokens that have legitimate monetary value.[26] After the blockchain is implemented, the company plans to convert the points into a token currency.[27] The tokenized system would let every user become a stakeholder in the wiki network. Each editor will put their token into play for each edit.[27] If their contribution is accepted, the user gets back the token, which will have obtained value in proportion to the content added.[27] If the edit is not accepted, the user does not get their token back.[28]

A draft of Everipedia's whitepaper given to CoinDesk in 2017 stated that no less than half of the entire 100 million IQ tokens will be allocated in an initial coin offering (ICO) and 30 percent would be minted across the next 100 years to pay contributors and validators for their edits.[29] 20 percent of the tokens would be reserved to cover development costs,[29] IQ Tokens where planned to be airdropped to the EOS list in February, with a network launch planned for June according to Forselius.[30] Several cryptocurrency exchanges have announced plans to offer the tokens.[31]

Everipedia says the blockchain model does not have centralized servers, therefore eliminating the cost of servers.[32]

Websites can have their assigned server IP addresses blocked by governments.[33] By decentralizing via blockchain, Forselius claims that it is not possible to censor websites hosted this way.[34][35][36] Everipedia launched on the blockchain on August 9, 2018.[37]

Content and users[edit]

As of October 2017, the majority of pages on Everipedia are copies of Wikipedia articles.[21] A live bot forks Wikipedia content.[28] As of October 2017, articles were not updated as regularly as Wikipedia, according to The Outline.[21] As of December 2017, a live bot had compared changes, and updated changes but gave preference to edits on Everipedia, according to Wired.[28] As of December 2017, the site has over six million articles, more than the English Wikipedia,[38] according to The Block and is the largest English-language encyclopedia, according to Inverse,[26] Money.it,[39] and High Tech.[40] The site allows for a larger range of articles than Wikipedia, as the English Wikipedia's notability guidelines are stricter than Everipedia's.[26] Everipedia does not allow censorship on any topic for sourced articles.[41]

In March 2016, Everipedia had 200,000 published pages.[2] Everipedia is ranked 6,380 in the US for web traffic according to Alexa Internet, as of 14 August 2018.[1] There are communities in Brazil, China, Germany, and India.[16] The company said in 2017 that Everipedia has 17,000 registered editors and 2,000 active editors.[28]

Several dozen vandals have been banned from Everipedia.[5] The Everipedia community normally identifies a vandal in 5 minutes, according to Kazemian in 2017 when being interviewed by Boing Boing.[5] The company has a group of editors who review the activity on the site, and content that they consider suspicious is deleted.[2]

The site frequently focuses on trending topics,[41] with the few articles created by users of the site mostly being about sensational topics such as YouTubers, memes, activists, white supremacists, and police shooting victims.[21] The site has been criticized for initially presenting false information in wiki pages on breaking news topics.[21] The incidents were identifying the wrong people in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting[42] and the United Express Flight 3411 incident.[15] The Outline is concerned about the privacy ramifications of Everipedia, which developed many of its articles by gathering content from social media, creating publicly visible entries on non-notable individuals.[43]

Everipedia provided a paid service called Everipedia Plus.[44] Kazemian told Wefunder in 2017 that, "paying customers can get a professionally edited and done encyclopedic article about themselves".[44] According to the company, customers receive a verified blue check that the content is verified and correct as well as properly sourced.[44] The service offered a tailored Everipedia entry that gets "full-time monitoring for updates and preventing vandalism".[21]


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