Google launches “knol” beta

by admin December 17, 2007 at 5:27 pm

Google has entered the world of wiki

Google has begun testing its own version of Wikipedia, the knol project.

The knol project is yet more confirmation that Google may manage to infiltrate all areas of the web, and is a logical step for the firm to increase revenue with Wikipedia entries faring so high on its page rank search engine.

The project is an attempt to encourage people to contribute knowledge, said Google, and it will function similar to Wikipedia but with a difference that takes account of frequent Wiki criticisms.

Udi Manber, Google vice president of engineering, said in a Google blog that a knol will be “just a web page; we use the word knol as the name of the project and as an instance of an article interchangeably.”

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