Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Is Wikiasari Google killer?

Wikiasari is a new community based search engine being launched by Jimmy Wales. For those of you who don’t know he is the founder of Wikipedia which really showed for the first time the power of community and in my opinion it is also the first killer product based on user generated data. I am not going to talk about wikipedia because everyone knows how useful and great it is .The basic reason for this posting is Wikiasari I think this might be the real product to compete against Google .

First of all there is little information available about wilkiasari except that, it will use user/community input to generate search results which is different from what Google for example does –Google basically uses algorithm to create search results without human interaction. There have been several attempts before also to generate search results based on user ratings or user bookmark data etc but none has been successful to beat algorithm based Google results. It is widely accepted fact that user/community input based search engines would be better than algorithm based search provided someone gets the right way to use user/community input. It is like an open secret that everyone knows but no one knows how to get it right, there are lot of examples like everyone knew digital music players (mp3 players) is big thing many attempted to enter that space like creative, Sony etc but it was apple with ipod and itunes that got it right and was successful.

I think wikisari might be the search engine that will finally get the right way to use the user input ,the reason for my thinking is simple that its founder knows really well how to use community .If there is anyone who can get it right it would be him his records speak for itself when he started wikipedia people questioned that how can user generated knowledge be equal to Britannica were the content is generated by professionals but he showed the way and now wikipedia is accepted as trusted place to find information .

So in short Wikisari with right approach and right people driving it now has the real chance to be a Google killer.

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