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Google Knol Opens to Public, Article Authors Entitled to Revenue Share

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  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Touted as Google's answer to Wikipedia, the current most sought after online information resource, The Knol opens to public. Knols are authoritative articles about specific topics, written by people who know about those subjects. Today, Google is making Knol available to everyone.

    Unlike Wikipedia being based on a MediaWiki system where users cen edit pretty much every article, and in some cases even abuse the system, Knol's approach includes that the author of an article maintains control over changes to it, the author can accept or reject changes before they become visible to public.

    Knols include strong community tools which allow for many modes of interaction between readers and authors. People can submit comments, rate, or write a review of a knol. At the discretion of the author, a knol may include ads from our AdSense program. If an author chooses to include ads, Google will provide the author with a revenue share from the proceeds of those ad placements.

    Here's another URL worth keeping handy: knol.google.com

    Source: Official Google Blog
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  2. Aeon19 New Member

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    wiki'll never die :nutkick:
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    I don't know so far google has just been doing things others have already done but doing it better than anyone else. Anyone remember yahoo? :laugh: Wikipedia is very good though, I don't see them taking over this one.
  4. btarunr

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    Considering that you have a potential for getting paid for your work, you never know.

    Better article = more hits = more expensive ad-space (not size AFAIK) = more revenue for you. Authors will put in a whole lot of work and churn out better articles than those on Wikipedia.

    ...with the exception of Google Answers. It was a flop. You had to pay to get answered by 'experts'. Yahoo Answers beat it and took a community approach to the whole thing.
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    I dont agree...coz if they pay me for an article i would write articles about something that i don't even know very well... "but hey, i don't care! they will pay me!" ....

    On Wikipedia instead, good articles are written by good writers...without earnings....and more people can add/correct somethings to different articles. Result: more articles and freedom of thought..

    Thats IMHO :)

    [Sorry for my english]
  6. btarunr

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    you didn't get it. They'll pay you only if your article is taking in enough hits (popularity) worthy of placing ads. It's not like you put up any random thing and get paid. So naturally authors would be inclined to make good articles that invite ad space and make money, the value of ad space will be directly proportional to the value of the article.
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    As long as the articles are accurate i cant see how it wont be sucsessful and will at least provide competition. Lets be honest ya can tell Wiki anything and it will beleive ya.
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    And what about freedom of thought? On wiki everyone can modify an article... On Knol only the author can modify it... And maybe mass of people moved by a trend could click on it...

    Coz my english is bad i make an example:

    Article: "iPhone is the best thing on the market"

    Click\Thumbs UP: 999.999.999.999,1

    And the author will become rich for having write a stupid article, but stupid people are lot...

    Got it? [sorry for my english....again...]
  9. btarunr

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    You can modify Knols, just that your modifications will have to be approved by the author before they become public. Clicking a 'thumbs up' won't determine an article's popularity but its hitrate will. Simple web-business model.
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    still this allows for bias, think about it this way, someone writes about Nvidia per say, and puts in stuff such as dont buy nvidia or nvidia is bad, now thats the author that does it, you want to correct it, you can't do so. So this system can be abused in this manner. Wiki has this issue but its usally fixed, i moniter sevral articles on wiki and when they are tampered with in such a manner as to introduce bias i usally restore the last update to the article. How can these articles be nutrual without this system.
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    You do understand, that if an article in knol contradicts with the rest of the "public" opinion over the net it just won't cut it, right?
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    Meh. Ill stick with wikipedia.
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    Wikipedia is too big and famous to be taken down by Knol. There's already info about almost everything I want to know without the need to look @ ads, and it's very easy to use.
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    You got it man! NO ADS! :rolleyes:

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