Google launches rival to Wikipedia


Google has launched its own version of communally constructed online encyclopedia Wikipedia, which consistently ranks among the most visited websites in the world.

The Internet search powerhouse went live late Wednesday with a free service dubbed "Knol," to indicate a unit of knowledge.

While Wikipedia lets any visitors make changes to its online pages, trusting that people with accurate information will correct errors and misleading entries, Google lets folks author their own articles.

"Every knol will have an author, or group of authors, who put their name behind their content," Google product manager Cedric Dupont and software engineer Michael McNally said in a posting on the Google website.

"It's their knol, their voice, their opinion. An enormous amount of information resides in peoples' heads: millions of people know useful things and billions more could benefit from that knowledge."

People get to post their pictures and pedigrees in knols and are able to designate who can contribute to their postings.

Most knols featured at on Thursday dealt with medical conditions but included insights regarding unclogging toilets and improving leadership skills.

Google is the world's most used Internet search engine and a proven master at mining revenue from online advertising targeted at those making queries and using its free Web-based services.

Luring Wikipedia users to its own community-created online encyclopedia promises to be another rich vein of ad income for the California firm.

Wikipedia is consistently ranked among the world's top 10 most popular websites.

© Wire reports

©2021 GPlusMedia Inc.

Login to comment

Yawn. Google are dying to control everything on the internet.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Too late Google...Wikipedia has the market on this one and always will.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Google wants a piece of the ol pie...but nothing will dethrone Wikipedia.

I have a serious addiction to that website :P

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Google can easily win if they allow people to post articles. Thats where the market is lacking and would be totally different from Wiki. Time to steal an idea... hint! hint!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

considering wiki is not a very reliable source of information ( depending on what you search for) google has potential to take the throne.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Wiki is rather reliable. sometimes you can see where stories and sentences are planted, as in all research, there are always two or more sides. reader beware.

there's not much they can add of value. People would pay hard cash to not have to be plastered with online adds and banners matching the topics they are browsing.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Google wants a piece of everything. They're turning into a Microsoft monster.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Googgle/Wikipedia competitions will be good.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites