Wikia

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

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 hi

Mahalo Goes Social

New wiki-based search engine Mahalo is launching social networking features today at the LeWeb3 conference in Paris. Mahalo is a search engine that focuses on user link submissions and an editorial pr

Get Ready For Wikia Search; First Screen Shots Shown In South Africa

It was eleven months ago that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales first mentioned his vision for a people-powered search engine that would eventually launch under his for profit startup, Wikia. Not much has

Wetpaint Combines Discussion Forums With Wikis

Seattle-based Wetpaint, which launched in June 2006, is a hosted wiki site that focuses on great looking sites and making the user interface as easy as possible. A number of wikis have popped up aroun

Wikinvest Closes $2.5 Million For Investment Wiki

Wikinvest has closed a $2.5 million series A led by DCM and including angels. Wikinvest is just as the name suggests, a wiki for investors. Wikinvest is meant to be a research portal where anyone can

Caring.com Gets $6 Million To Help With Your Parents' Elder Years

Caring.com, a website community about elderly care, just announced a $6 million Series A round of financing from DCM and Split Rock Partners. It’s yet another one of the subject-specific knowled

Wikia Gaming Launches With 250,000 Articles

I love Wikia – CEO Gil Penchina, a former eBay executive, says he works harder than anyone in Silicon Valley at building his startup. I routinely point out to him that his startup doesn’t

Wikia's ArmchairGM: Wiki Meets Social Network

Wikia, a for profit wiki site created by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, acquired ArmchairGM for $2 million last year and got into the sports fan business. The site has been slowly rolling out new feat

Wiki Jacking

Following the decision in January by Wikipedia to strip SEO benefits from outgoing links by adding the link-nofollow tag (see our coverage of how the rule doesn’t apply to certain third party wi

Wikia Acquires Distributed Web Crawler Grub

Wikia has acquired the distributed web crawling engine Grub from Looksmart. Grub utlizes spare computing cycles on users’ computers to index the web, a similar concept to that used by SETI@home

Wikipedia: Special Treatment for Wikia and some other Wikis

There was a lot of controversy recently when Wikipedia announced that all outbound links from the online encyclopedia would include the nofollow tag. The nofollow tag on a link is said to prevent link

Wiki.com – No Longer the $3 million Wikipedia Killer

John Gotts, the entrepreneur who agreed to pay $3 million for the domain name Wiki.com and reportedly told people he was “going to kill Wikipedia” may have thrown in the towel after just a

Wikia is Growing – Is Anyone Paying Attention?

I was going through CEO Gil Penchina’s Wikia presentation slides at the Le Web conference in Paris last month and noticed something that made me realize they could be a huge site some day. Accor

The Wikisearch Screenshot Isn't Wikiasari, So What Is It?

A couple of days ago I posted a screenshot of what I believed to be an early version of the new Wikiasari search engine that Jimmy Wales has been talking about. Our source was good, and I went with it

Wikia To Launch Search Engine: Exclusive Screenshot

Update 12/25/06: Jimmy Wales says this isn’t a Wikiasari screen shot. So what is it? The Times reported earlier today that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is planning to launch a new search engine

Wikia Announces Free Wiki Hosting

Wikia founder Jimmy Wales believes in “free content for all.” That is why the company launched OpenServing today, a service that is giving away complete Web hosting support to any wiki dev

Wikia Gets An Undisclosed Amount Of Funding From Amazon

Wikia, a for-profit sister site of Wikipedia, received a second round of funding today, all of it coming from Amazon. No word yet on how much Amazon has forked over. Just this week, Wikia announced th

Wikia To Buy ArmchairGM for $2 million

Wikia will announce the acquisition of ArmchairGM sometime this week, according to a source close to the transaction. The company was bought for $2 million in cash and Wikia stock. We briefly mentione

Wikia's Facebook-like College Wikis

Wikia has quietly launched semi-private college/university wikis. And they’ve taken a page out of Facebook’s game plan by requiring users to have an approved university email address in or
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