It was first known one year ago under code name Wikiasari, Human Search engine by founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales, Search Wikia will open January 7, 2008, so in 10 days!
Wikia is an open source Internet search engine, to which the community can contribute to content, relevance and rankings of the search engines result pages.
Just not like Google, Yahoo or Msn that are automatic search engines, Wikia is a Human Search Engine.
It was founded in 2004 and received investment money from Amazon and Bessemer Venture Partners.
Search battle is going to be exciting for all of us in 2008, thanks to the war between Wikia-Wikipedia and Google-Google Knol.
SEO and SEM is already ready as you can see here.
Google is going to launch a similar service to Wikipedia in the next months : Google Knol (from the word “Knowledge“). The service is currently in very private beta.
People who are experts in their domain will be invited to write an authoritative article about it on Knol.
Like Wikipedia, Knol will be totally free and contributors will be able to make money from their articles with sharing ad revenues with Google. For example, see the screenshot below where you can see the Adsense Block:
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Knol will be a online encyclopedia and will cover all subjects, from scientific topics to entertainment.
Contrary to Wikipedia that is a collaborative encyclopedia, Knol authors won’t be able to contribute anonymously neither edit the articles from other contributors.
So we are going to see (for the best) in the next year a war between Google Knol and Wikipedia, and between Google Search Engine and Search Wikia (open source Internet search engine, to which the community can contribute, by Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia).
Knol is not even public that Small Business SEM wrote an interesting article on 7 ways how to use Knol.
Amazon and Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, are working together on a search engine rival to Google, based on human judgement rather than algorithms. Wikiasari should be online at the first quarter of 2007 according to Times, backed by millions dollars from Amazon and Silicon Valley Investors.
Wikiasari comes from Wiki, “quick” in hawaiian and Asari “rummaging search” in japanese.
The search engine will work with the same user-based technology as Wikipedia that allows to edit the pages.
“Google is very good at many types of search, but in many instances it produces nothing but spam and useless crap. Try searching for the term ‘Tampa hotels’, for example, and you will not get any useful results,” said Wales.