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Google Knol is out and ready to bury Wikipedia


Google meets Wikipedia

KNOL a unit of knowledge is a website platform for authoritative articles on specific topics for people to search and review. The idea behind a knol is to empower authorship so that readers can identify and cross reference their sources to the truth.

The website comes as a direct competitor of Wikipedia the online encyclopedia (of unnamed sources). After some quick searches people would normally run, I found plenty helpful how-to articles on broader topics, but few informative pieces on specific searches.

I suspect this is because Knol doesn’t have the sheer bulk of users that Wikipedia enjoys to have that reaching grasp on virtually any thought-up topic. For now, it seems that Knol’s niche is it’s how to… as opposed to Wikipedia’s what is… search results.

Whether this niche grows and rises to bury Wikipedia remains to be seen. It’s worth noting, however, that anything to do with Google in the past has usually met with instant success and widespread popularity. And with it’s motto, “Just write, let Google do the rest,” users may find Knol and it’s Google-friendly tools to be a satisfying alternative to Wikipedia.

May the battle of the Wiki-Knol rage on.


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Five reasons Cuil won’t kill Google…yet

Here’s a follow up article published by The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch on Cuil and why it won’t kill Google, yet.


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The Google Killer!

The launch of Cuil search engine was announced on the front cover of Blogrunner (bringing news at blog speed). I found the site to be a novelty. The company claims they’ve found a way to reduce indexing costs, which means they run their search engine a lot cheaper than Google does with supposedly better search results.

At first I was skeptical, but after reading how Cuil operates, it makes a lot of sense. Rather than relying on artificial intelligence to try and figure out what sentences mean, Cuil uses semantics and word association to create better search results. I even typed in my name to see what happens, and it produced my online resume.

Google is still king. But Cuil (pronounced “cool”) could become a better alternative. It’s interactive display is far more useful than Google’s generated search lists, and it’s compatible with Firefox, making it particularly handy.

All in all, I give it 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason I don’t give it 5 out of 5 is because Google is still bigger.

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WordPress 2.6 Now Available

Wordpress 2.0 Now Available

Wordpress 2.0 Now Available

New 2.6 version of WordPress.org is now available. View their video to see what fantastic upgrades and changes can be made to your blogging platform.


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World’s oldest blogger dies in Australia

SYDNEY, Australia (AP)

Worlds oldest blogger dies in Australia

World's oldest blogger dies in Australia

Olive Riley, a 108-year-old Australian woman who was promoted as the world’s oldest blogger, has died two weeks after making her last post about “singing a happy song,” her great-grand son and her online forum said.


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The ‘Fake Steve Jobs’ Gives Up Parody Blog

Secret Diary of Steve JobsThe “Secret Diary of Steve Jobs” has said it’s final goodbye and is “Sailing Away.” Daniel Lyons, the imaginative writer who has kept the site running on Blogger for the last two years is moving on with his creative and professional career. FULL COVERAGE>>

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Blogging Could Get You Killed

Here is an excerpt from an unusual article posted on Read Write Web that concerns the 70 million some bloggers worldwide:

“The Iranian parliament is set to debate a draft bill that would add a number of crimes to the list of those that can result in execution, among them “establishing weblogs and sites promoting corruption, prostitution and apostasy.” Apostasy means the abandonment of a religion. The official Iranian news agency reports that the bill is intended to “toughen punishment for harming mental security in society.”

That said, friends from the Digg community plead that you not believe everything on the net. From what I gathered, confirmed sources were hard to find.

Leave a comment and Start a Brawl!

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Why I Blog…

When I started blogging (about 20 days ago), I said, “Alrighty…this is neat…I can do this…now what?” Then I came across Mobilizing Generation Web 2.0 (something of a bloggers how-to for starters) and it’s been a launching point for my GreatDebater Weblog ever since. From Technorati to Blogger, CSS to XML, I can’t get enough of it!

For me this has been more about refining my thoughts and inviting others to do the same. Now I have my mind set on sharing that invitation on a larger scale so that the Great Debate can really take hold. You see, I like conflict. Especially when it comes to competing ideals. If I can count on you to take the debate to a greater level, then maybe together we can build a place where voices are actually heard.

In the short time that I’ve done this, I’ve realized that the best way to do this is to create win-win relationships online. If you would like me to link to you, leave me a comment with your blog name, URL and preferred category listing (i.e. political, entertainment, weird stuff etc.) and I will add you to my blogroll. In exchange, please link to me. Also, contact the other people who have commented and get them to link to you too.


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