Some Internet spe­cial­ists argue that Wikipedia should adjust to a mobile world by har­nessing “micro-​​contributions” like those on Twitter and Face­book. For example, they sug­gest cre­ating a “like” button sim­ilar to Facebook’s that would allow a reader to flag errors in Wikipedia arti­cles, or to sug­gest those that need to be updated. Quickly adding pho­tographs to a Wikipedia article from an editor with a smart­phone is another possibility.

If it is within two or three clicks, it is hap­pening more auto­mat­i­cally,” said Joseph M. Reagle, an assis­tant pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and the author of “Good Faith Col­lab­o­ra­tion: The Cul­ture of Wikipedia.” “If it requires more than two or three clicks, it’s not hap­pening so easily.”

One young Wikipedia editor, Nicholas Nuccio, a teenager from Staten Island, said he had made thou­sands of edits to Wikipedia from his iPod — usu­ally about tele­vi­sion shows — and was unde­terred by the rel­a­tively smaller screen or more dif­fi­cult editing tool.

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