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Travel down a Wikipedia rabbit hole with the mastermind behind DepthsOfWikipedia Instagram – Mashable

Summary

Welcome to Small Talk, a series where we catch up with the internet’s favorite Extremely Online individuals offline.

Annie Rauwerda is committed to the quest for useless knowledge.

In April 2020, the 21-year-old University of Michigan student created the @depthsofwikipedia Instagram account. For those unfamiliar with the intriguing online space, it’s where Rauwerda posts screenshots of particularly weird, funny, and obscure Wikipedia pages. She’s featured pages for terms and phras…….

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Welcome to Small Talk, a series where we catch up with the internet’s favorite Extremely Online individuals offline.


Annie Rauwerda is committed to the quest for useless knowledge.

In April 2020, the 21-year-old University of Michigan student created the @depthsofwikipedia Instagram account. For those unfamiliar with the intriguing online space, it’s where Rauwerda posts screenshots of particularly weird, funny, and obscure Wikipedia pages. She’s featured pages for terms and phrases such as the “friendship paradox,” an idea that your friends all have more friends than you; “goblincore,” a feral coziness that Mashable’s written about in depth; and my personal favorite, “desire path,” aka a path created by foot traffic.

The @depthsofwikipedia Instagram account now has more than 382,000 followers, and Rauwerda’s created a sister TikTok account and runs two spinoff Instagram accounts — @depthsofcraigslist and @depthsofamazon, which is no longer operational — with her friend from high school.

What started as a quarantine project is now a beloved corner of the internet that teaches followers invaluable wacky trivia on the regular. I called Rauwerda to chat about her longtime love of Wikipedia, which of her posts get the most traction, and her favorite niche places on the internet.

Mashable: So you did Wikiracing in middle school. Tell me about that.

Annie Rauwerda: In middle school and high school I would race my friends from destination to destination on Wikipedia. You start at an article — something random like “A$AP Rocky” — and then you click the hyperlinks to get to a destination like “chicken hypnotism” or something like that. It was a really fun way to see how massive Wikipedia really is. Even though I didn’t start editing Wikipedia until many years after that, Wikiracing got me a lot more interested in and appreciative of Wikipedia.

Was Wikiracing the start of you being an Extremely Online Individual?

I’ve always loved the internet. My parents were understandably skeptical about letting me careen on the internet unsupervised, so Wikipedia was a somewhat safe space. I was allowed to Wikirace quite a bit.

I have a diary entry from when I was in sixth grade where I wrote about Wikipedia. It’s so funny: “I read the whole page about milk. I am going to be an expert in milk now. Tomorrow, I’m going to the same thing, but with McDonald’s.”

I looked back on it recently, and it made me laugh because I guess I’ve always liked collecting knowledge that might not always be useful.

Rereading old journal entries is always funny. It gives you some real insight into what you thought was interesting enough to document.

I think most of my journal entries were about my crush and about wanting to wear eyeshadow and stuff, and then randomly I would write about the history of pasteurization.

I feel like Wikipedia …….

Source: https://mashable.com/article/depths-of-wikipedia-instagram-tiktok-account

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