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Report: Google To Tackle Wikipedia With New Knowledge Service...

 
 
Reply Sat 15 Dec, 2007 06:27 pm
Google is to go head-to-head with Wikipedia, the web's largest reference work, in a clash of two of the internet's most powerful brands.
A new Google service, dubbed knol, will invite "people who know a particular subject to write an authoritative article about it", Udi Manber, a Google engineer, said.
Like Wikipedia, articles in knol (the name derives from "knowledge") will be free to read online. In a departure from the nonprofit Wikipedia model, however, knol's authors will be able to attach advertising to their work and take a share of revenues.

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topherfox
 
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Reply Sat 15 Dec, 2007 09:42 pm
@Pythagorean,
excellent, I love google, i hope this takes over wiki, its going to be embedded into the massive amounts of info that google already possesses. No fair when they already know everything wikipedia does Razz
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EmperorNero
 
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Reply Fri 11 Sep, 2009 03:45 am
@Pythagorean,
I love the idea. Have experts write the articles instead of them being made up by I-pod kids and activists.
Aedes
 
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Reply Fri 11 Sep, 2009 06:08 am
@EmperorNero,
EmperorNero;89563 wrote:
I love the idea. Have experts write the articles instead of them being made up by I-pod kids and activists.
Just out of curiosity, would you be willing to take one of Wiki's "complete" articles (i.e. fully referenced) to show that it is inaccurate or biased?

I've got my reservations about any review material, whether Wikipedia or the Encyclopedia Brittanica, but when I look up subjects for which I have academic expertise (malaria, Lyme disease, HIV for instance) I find the articles to be accurate and up to date.

I think a competitor to Wikipedia will elevate the quality of both -- but I think Wikipedia is pretty good.
richrf
 
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Reply Fri 11 Sep, 2009 08:44 am
@Aedes,
I think users such as myself will be strongly influenced by the ad thing. What we'll end up with are a bunch of articles designed to attract ads like Fox News or MSNBC news. I don't think that this will compete effectively against Wikipedia, but we shall see. Google can always give its own encyclopedia higher search engine ranking which will give it an automatic boost.

Rich
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