Wikipedia Slug-fest Over Alma Mater

The Wikipedia page of Google’s new CEO Sundar Pichai devolved into the site of a no-holds-barred slugfest between credit-seekers.

Published: 12th August 2015 03:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2015 03:47 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: The Wikipedia page of Google’s new CEO Sundar Pichai devolved into the site of a no-holds-barred slugfest between credit-seekers on Tuesday morning.

The ambiguity and the lack of information surrounding the man’s early schooling in India led to an ‘edit, erase, edit’ sequence on the page throughout the day, as several of the city’s netizens tried to lay claim to having produced Pichai from their own schools.

Wikipedia.jpgThe battle started within hours of the city waking up to the news of Pichai’s ascension to the throne of Google. There was was a constantly see-sawing battle royale. First, the page claimed he had studied at Jawahar Vidyalaya and Vanavani. Those visiting it a few minutes later were being told by the same page that Pichai was an alumnus of the famed PSBB. The names of two other schools joined the race — GRT Mahalakshmi Vidyalaya and All Angels School. The levels of misinformation and uncertainty grew to such a peak that ‘confused’ no longer accurately defined the intensity of the situation. ‘Flummoxed’ came closer. The lexicometer finally settled on ‘disconcertingly mystified’. By Tuesday night, there were over 250 edits on the page. When Express contacted Google’s corporate communication personnel, the line was, “We do not know.”

However, it later emerged that Pichai had studied in Jawahar Vidyalaya till Class X and then finished his schooling at Vanavani.


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