Monday, January 7th 2008
Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales, has just launched his new Wikia search engine. The site, which is being dubbed as a major rival to Google, works by using feedback from users to arrange results in the most relevant order - although it’s only at its alpha stage of development right now so the results aren’t too great.
Wikia's search engine concept is that of trusted user feedback from a community of users acting together in an open, transparent, public way. Of course, before we start, we have no user feedback data. So the results are pretty bad. But we expect them to improve rapidly in coming weeks, so please bookmark the site and return often.If you want to take a look, head over to the Wikia Search page.
Right now, the most important thing you can do is help with the "miniarticles" that appear at the top of popular search terms. These will vary in purpose according to the circumstance, but the primary uses will be:
- Short definitions
- See also