Hello, Anne and all-
Lisa has a point. Folks trying to "get up to speed" about a subject will quickly enter cursory information into a search-engine like Google. They will then frequently land upon a Wikipedia article for their preliminary information.
As all of you know, Wikitree entries do show up easily via this same search-strategy.In fact, Googling my name was how I found Wikitree to begin with. My profile on Wikitree needed a bit of correcting so, voila, I was " hooked." (Cousin Bait worked, you might say.)
What is less likely to occur is that a great Wikitree Notable profile "swims" to the surface in a sea of information about a well-known person. It would be nice if Wikitree's profile offering were right up there at the top after such a search. Our "stuff" is as good, as accurate and as timely as most Wikipedia articles, after all.
So can the "behind-the-scenes" engineers work to make this happen. Try Googling "Karl Benz" or "Jefferson Davis" without using special boolean filter words to see what I mean. I think the potential for Wikitree "expansion" into mainstream searches is enormous1
Thanks. Catch you on the tree...