• Wikia Evolution To Help Suck Search Data From Google, Yahoo

    Wikia Evolution To Help Suck Search Data From Google, Yahoo

    Wikia Search, the human edited search engine which we trashed at launch, continues to make incremental improvements (and thankfully they’ve turned down the “This is a Google-killer” hype machine). Today they did something really smart – they released a Firefox Add-on that lets users add search data without going back to the Wikia Search site itself. That lets casual users… Read More

  • Jimmy Wales: Wikia Search Finally Doesn't Suck

    Jimmy Wales: Wikia Search Finally Doesn't Suck

    Wikia Search is finally ready to play with. Jimmy Wales admits that up until now his company’s project to apply the wiki concept to search: Pretty much sucked. It has not been usable on a day to day basis. We agree. But today, Wikia Search is beginning to suck a lot less. It has only indexed 30 million Websites, but it is finally rolling out a set of editing features that lets searchers… Read More

  • PBWiki Gets An Overhaul

    PBWiki Gets An Overhaul

    As Google gets into the wiki space with Google Sites (the relaunch of Jotspot), all the other little wiki startups out there will need to keep one step ahead. Those includes Wikia, Socialtext, Wetpaint, and PBWiki. As it approaches 500,000 wikis, PBWiki is now putting the 2.0 version of its site into beta. The latest version includes an updated UI, folders, enhanced access controls and an easy way… Read More

  • Wikimedia's 2007 Financials Posted

    Wikimedia's 2007 Financials Posted

    Wikimedia Foundation posted their audited 2007 financial statements (I’ve embedded the document below) last week. Their fiscal year actually ends June 30, so these are already almost eight months old, but they reveal some interesting information about the entity that controls Wikipedia nonetheless. Generally Wikimedia publishes these five months or so after the end of the year; this year… Read More

  • Video Of Mahalo v. Wikia Search At DLD; Google's Marissa Mayer Weighs In

    The organizers of the DLD conference in Munich put on a great show today. One of the more lively sessions was called “Humans Disrupting Algorithms” and featured Wikipedia/Wikia Search’s Jimmy Wales and Mahalo’s Jason Calacanis, moderated by Fortune’s David Kirkpatrick. Jimmy and Jason each gave a brief overview of their human powered search engines. Jason railed on… Read More

  • Wikia Search Is A Complete Letdown.

    Wikia Search Is A Complete Letdown.

    Many of us have waited a year as the Jimmy Wales hype machine promised a human powered search engine that could take on Google. Tonight that search engine launched at, and it may be one of the biggest disappointments I’ve had the displeasure of reviewing. First of all, it’s barely a search engine at all. It’s based on the open source Nutch software and… Read More

  • Wikia Search Goes Live: Not Great

    Wikia Search Goes Live: Not Great

    The long wait for Wikia Search is over with the alpha version of the service now live. As we wrote December 23, Wikia’s Jimmy Wales is pitching the search engine as a Google competitor; its a strong statement to make but does Wikia Search Alpha take the good fight up to Google? Not yet. I ran a couple of different search terms into Wikia with mixed results. A search for TechCrunch for… Read More

  • Wikia Search Launches Private Beta; Public Launch On January 7

    Well, the waiting appears to be over, and the promised 2007 launch date was technically achieved. Wikipedia/Wikia Founder Jimmy Wales has publicly announced the private beta for Wikia Search – right now. And the public launch is set for January 7. In a note to the Wikia Search email list a few minutes ago, he wrote: From: Subject: [Search-l] private pre-alpha invites… Read More

  • Wikia Will Search. But When?

    We’ve waited more than a year for Wikia to launch their human powered search engine. The project was first announced in December last year by Wikipedia/Wikia founder Jimmy Wales. The promise was to return better results than Google and other search engines, using humans to make quality decisions: “Google is very good at many types of search, but in many instances it produces nothing… Read More

  • A Few Thoughts On Google Knol

    News of Google most recent project, Knol, came out late last Thursday without, as far as I can tell, much in the way of press pre-briefings. All the major publications were late to the story. Blogs hit it fast, but had nothing to go on other than the brief blog post put up by Google’s Udi Manber announcing the project. Our initial story on Knol is here. From a product perspective, Knol is… Read More