Google Knol is out and ready to bury Wikipedia

Google-Wiki

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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The Parody of Politics

I think politics is excellent fodder for parody making, and so I laud Jib Jab for their sardonic brilliance. It just shows that the only way to take politics seriously is to recognize how ridiculous it can be. Humans are natural political animals, so the only way to stop us from acting on our preternatural instinct to kill, is by humbling ourselves with sarcasm and humiliation. Thank God this political campaign season has peaked America’s interest, it was about time we woke up in our feces to dig ourselves out. So power to the people, down with the establishment–a throwback to late 1960’s zeal.

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What Ever Happened to Equality Under Law?

I just came across this story that I feel compelled to share. This is a story of privilege in a Texas court, where money and connections are not supposed to count, where we find one judge and two men from very different sides of the tracks who appear to get anything but equal justice.

On the one side is Alex Wood, son of religious royalty Reverend John Wood and brother-in-law to eight-term US Congressmen Chet Edwards. On the other side is Tyrone Brown, a poor African American boy with no connections and no political clout.

In 1990, Brown pleaded guilty to armed robbery in which he stole $2 and was sentenced to ten years probation. In 1995, Wood pleaded guilty to shooting a killing a prostitute and he too was sentenced to ten years probation. While it is bad enough that Wood did not receive harsher punishment for his crime, it’s what happens during the two men’s probation that makes this story so outraging.

After only a few months into his probation, Judge Dean sentenced Brown to life in prison for smoking marijuana. Wood on the other hand remained a free man even though he was caught twice with possession of cocaine during his probation, a much more serious crime.

After nearly 17 years of a life sentence spent in jail, Tyrone Brown was released from prison on March 16, 2007 due to the good will and persistence of University of Florida law school graduate Charlie Douglas.

After ABC’s 20/20 showcased this story, many people began asking the question, “Are we really equal under the law?”

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So It’s Time For Some Campaign’n!

JibJabs 2008 Campaignn

JibJab's 2008 Campaign'n

Anyone who remembers JibJab‘s hilarious rendition of the 2004 presidential election between Bush and Kerry will greatly appreciate the political subtleties exploited in this year’s campaign parody. We’re always told to be informed and politically active, maybe we can finally live up to those expectations, only I’m sure this isn’t what they had in mind.

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WordPress 2.6 Now Available

Wordpress 2.0 Now Available

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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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