Google Knol is out and ready to bury Wikipedia

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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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