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Ulitzer vs Knol - Google Wants Its Own Wikipedia

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has been working on a for-profit Wikia search engine due out any minute now

In a not very innovative move Google is going to try to copy Wikipedia's shtick with a soup-to-nuts, online, user-generated encyclopedia of all human knowledge dubbed Knol that's currently being beta tested by a reportedly small group of invitees.

 

 

Contributors, who are supposed to sign their pieces, not be anonymous like Wikipedia - a good thing - will be able to monetize their individually written, Creative Commons-licensed articles with ads, sharing the revenues with Google.

 

 

 

Google will provide the tools and rank entries. Fact checking will supposedly be left to the readers - (who will go to the library and look things up in a book?).

 

 

 

Wikipedia currently has 8.2 million articles written in 200 languages.

 

 

 

Tit for tat, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has been working on a for-profit Wikia search engine due out any minute now.



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Bihar 03/29/09 05:14:00 AM EDT

This is a battle of the giants. In the next few years Web 2.0 is going to be huge and changes will be overwhelming.

rabk 09/22/08 10:01:51 AM EDT

I haven't ever heard of Knol, how is it like?