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January 07, 2008

Wikia - A Community Driven Search Engine

Are you and your family fond of using Wikipedia... Well, sit tight - Jimmy Wales is heading up the latest and greatest community driven project: Wikia.  Here is information from the site's about page:

"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."

I am a big fan of open source, so it will be interesting to see how this progresses. The "proof of concept" site just came out (http://alpha.search.wikia.com/).  I am also a big fan of TechCrunch but they thought the Wikia Search Is A Complete Letdown. Techmeme is also abuzz with Wikia. I decided to give it a drive and post my experience as a comment on the TechCrunch post:

"Hey, I tried it out and although the first search on my real name came up with something related to .. BarCampBlock Needs VC-Supplied Beer (ok, I did register but did not make it to BarCampBlock- maybe I would have gone if there was VC supplied beer)… I then created a mini-article which now appears on my name. And that is very cool..

We need to give Wikia time - they did say it was just a “proof of concept”. This is the technology of the future - and deserves more time and reviews that reflect it’s “alpha” status. This is also community driven engine- so won’t it get better as more of the community starts using it?"

Has anyone else tried the alpha Wikia search? If so, what are your thoughts?

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