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Baikecom Chinese: 互动百科; pinyin: Hùdòng Bǎikē, formerly Hudong and Hoodong, is a for-profit social network in China, including the world's largest Chinese encyclopedia/news website It is China's largest wiki site, using paid advertising, with over 7 million articles and more than 5 million volunteers, as of April 2013 However, Baikecom is a news/neologism encyclopedia, and hence, it does not restrict articles to only long-term, sourced text with balanced point-of-view content The contributors agree to release their writings with perpetual royalty-free license to publish their content, but it is not free for re-use on other websites As of October 2016, it had more than 1554 million articles


  • 1 History
  • 2 Features
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links


Baikecom was founded in 2005 by CEO Pan Haidong, who had moved back to China after earning a PhD in systems engineering from Boston University in 2002

Baikecom, a 2007 RedHerring 100 Asia company, developed its own wiki software platform, called HDWiki, as a rival to MediaWiki The system has some social networking-like interactive features, such as user profile, friends and groups The first version was released in November 2006 and by November 2007 version 3 with added functions, features, and more stability was released

The HDWiki software is free for non-commercial use, has been downloaded 200,000 times and currently supports over 1,000 other web sites in China as of December 2007, consisting mostly of tech researchers, open source software groups, government, universities, and high school students

In 2011 it was announced that Draper Fisher Jurvetson had invested $15 million in Baikecom

On 22 February 2012 Baikecom submitted a complaint to the State Administration for Industry and Commerce asking for a review of the behavior of Baidu, accusing it of being monopolistic

In December 2012, the company changed its English name from Hudong to Baikecom


Baikecom is a wiki and lets its users edit and contribute material Frequent users may accumulate credits redeemable for gifts It has also included features of social networking sites, including chat forums and fan groups Baikecom is a for-profit business partially supported by advertising and paid support services Contributors grant Baikecom a perpetual royalty-free license to publish and re-use the content; it does not release the content under a free license and does not allow re-use on other sites

See also

  • China portal
  • Internet portal
  • Baidu Baike
  • Chinese Wikipedia


  1. ^ "Hudongcom Site Info" Alexa Internet Retrieved 2014-04-01 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Information game changer", Chinadailycom, 2011-02-24, webpage: CD6 Archive
  3. ^ a b "Hudongcom Confirms Expansion into Overseas Market, Invading Wikipedia's territory" Hudongcom press release 12 November 2009 Retrieved 9 July 2011 
  4. ^ Innovative Chinese wiki software: interview with Hoodong, 10 December 2007
  5. ^ How Hudong Thumped Wikipedia in China, TNW, 24 November 2009
  6. ^ a b Hudong Terms of Service, points 74 and 82 Chinese
  7. ^ "互动百科" Hudong Baike Retrieved 4 December 2014 
  8. ^ "Hoodong: Homegrown Wiki" BV Capital Blog BV Capital 27 November 2007 Retrieved 31 January 2009 
  9. ^ a b c "Why Draper Funded China's Wikipedia" Forbes 23 August 2011 
  10. ^ Red Herring 100 Asia, 2007
  11. ^ Yang, Yang 杨阳 Yáng Yáng Translated by Guo Wei "China's "Wikipedia" Submits Complaint about Baidu " Archive Economic Observer 4 March 2011 Issue 508, Corporation, Page 28 Retrieved on 26 October 2012 Original article: "百度:我是大哥 我不叫度娘" 25 February 2011 Archive
  12. ^ "互动百科宣布启用新域名及新版LOGO" in Chinese DoNews 5 December 2012 Retrieved 21 July 2014 
  13. ^ Fletcher, Owen 22 May 2009 "'Chinese Wikipedia' Offers Social Networking Too" PC World Retrieved 23 May 2009 

Further reading

  • Zhang, Yuwei "I don't see Hudong as a competitor: Wiki founder " Archive China Daily 24 February 2011

External links

  • Homepage Chinese
  • Hudong's open source wiki software platform Chinese
  • Lara Farrar 20 November 2009 "Hudongcom expands abroad" chinadailycomcn Retrieved 6 December 2009, Information about

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