Google Knol – A wikipedia competitor but will it win?

Looks like Google has finally decided to launch a user generated encyclopedia (pretty much Wikipedia but owned by Google) called Google Knol. Already having stiff competition on the playing field, which consists of Wikipedia, Scholarpedia and Helium, will Google Knol really make that much of a difference?

The answer is pretty much “Yes”, I mean, who can deny free knowledge based content online, especially when Enecyclopedia costs so much to purchase. As with Wikipedia, Google Knol aims to provide users with the ability to post content on pretty much any topic which they specialise in. The only real difference is that it allows the writer to add their personal opinion (from their experience and expertise) around the topich has been written. This gives the content abit more depth and character as well as adds a touch of reality to context.

Unfortunately, being owned by Google it does become a conflict of interest as Google’s main goal is to make their Knol pages easily found via search which will ultimately become a conflict with their need to remain accurate and unbaised. Regardless, its a first step for Google into the realm of user generated encyclopedia and it will most certainly be beneficial to the greater community.

2 comments:

  1. yeah, I heard about knowl, a friend told me he heard about it firstly from a seminar he went in US a few months ago.

    I doubt there’s going to be as huge as Squidoo, or Wikipedia. Although we can’t compare those, what I’m trying to say is that it takes time to build a brand so that folks recognize the real power in a service.

     
  2. Jodeci, 24. January 2009, 0:29

    I don’t know, while Google has a strong hold in the internet, it’s going to be hard to displace wikipedia. They could do it though if they simply placed knol above wikipedia on every search that a user conducted. Might be a little unethical though…

     

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