WikiaSearch Launches in Private Beta

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Michael Arrington  is reporting that WikiaSearch, Jimmy Wales’ much anticipated open-source search engine has actually launched, today. The closed announcement (mailed through the WikiaSearch  mailing list) stated that selected people will be allowed to get into Wikia in the next couple of days before it hits for public consumption in January 2008.

Wikia is the brain child of Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales and is aimed at establishing  a platform for the development of a new open/source search engine with user-editable search result.

Working on four organizing principles of transparency, community, quality and privacy, the Wikia Search project has been much anticipated by many the past couple of months.WikiaSearch is an ambitious project banking on the success of Wikipedia, to develop a new kind of search engine which relies on human intelligence to do what algorithms cannot.

Although, others have already gone towards the same path as where WikiaSearch is heading to, it still is interesting to follow how WikiaSearch would come up with its much talked about human-powered search engine. Will it be as successful as what Wales had done with Wikipedia? or will it just go towards the land of the forgotten web projects?

Isn’t it ironic that Google is moving towards developing its own Wikipedia while Jimmy Wales is working towards the development of his own search engine?

That’s how life goes in the search engine industry that we are all in.

Arnold Zafra
Arnold Zafra writes daily on the announcements by Google,, Yahoo & MSN along with how these announcements effect web publishers. He is currently building three niche blogs covering iPad News, Google Android Phones and E-Book Readers.
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  • Michael Lodispoto

    Wikisearch is way behind I think. We are launching EarthFrisk.Org, the worlds first Meta-Social Search engine that does what Wiki’s upcoming one does and more. Basically it takes the best results from Google, Yahoo. and MSN and others, filters out some spam, then we allow the community to vote and comment – all of whcih adds to the new CV rating ( Color Value) complete with downloadable toolbars for Firefox and IE. Basically this is a step up for search and the theory is we can create a better search engine that relies more on comments and reputation than links. The only things missing is making the images more meta ( done by Friday) and videos more meta – (also done Friday) . Overall though the site is workable now and press release is Monday with lots of media attention. What is better than the best results of Google, and Yahoo and MSN with less spam and community voting? Wiki’s won’t really go live until January 7th and even then it doesn’t have the abilities that EarthFrisk.Org has even now, before Our launch on Monday!

  • SEO for Yahoo Small Business – Terry Reeves

    Considering the top placements of almost every Wiki page in Google, providing access to this new search engine from Wikipedia would skim millions of searchers into their new engine and provide a tremendous boost to that project.

    Currently, should you not find what you are looking for in Google, there is always the back button. Providing an alternative to backing out of the page would be very smart and tremendously successful very quickly.

    The world does not need a better Wiki. However, Google is what it is because of the need for a better search engine. It will be very interesting to see what happens with this.

  • Michael Lodispoto

    The world may not need a better wiki, but perhaps it does need a better search engine. Just how Google looked at Yahoo e-mail and thought ” How do we make a better e-mail” we did the same with Google and started to make a better search engine. What is in fact better than a search engine that has the best results of Google, Yahoo and MSN with less spam and the communities input in voting and comments and a real alternative to pagerank? You tell me? There is always room for improvement and on Monday take a look at EarthFrisk.Org and you be the judge.

  • noam fine

    If Wikia really wants to make this a community-generated search engine than the demo attached will do just that –

    PredictAd Search Assist has a collaborative filtering feature that learns community search patterns. If you start typing in the demo attached you will start getting autocomplete results (with contextual advertisements) – these results will optimize based on the popularity of certain search terms/phrases.

    If Jimmy Wales is reading – take a close look…PredictAd is FREE and its contextual advertising platform gives the publisher something that Adwords simply doesn’t! Moreover, it’s the first Ajax service offered on the web, and it’s a cool one at that…

  • Bebek Elbiseleri