If Google can tread on Wikipedia’s domain, why can’t the latter? And so, after a long lull of Google’s overwhelming supremacy we’re going to see some action in the ‘search’ scene. From who else, but Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia. It’s named Wikia.
Wikia plans to debut on Jan 7, that is 3 days from today. Tongues are already wagging to predict likely fallout of Wikia’s coming.
But perhaps it’s too soon to say anything. For the newcomer it’s too formidable a challenge to take on Google, entrenched as the latter is in virtually every country.
Wikia will be like a whiff of fresh air in the search arena. As Rosalie Marshall’s report says, “…the new community driven search engine will take time to evolve, just as Wikipedia took time to build up its entries.”
So there lies the big difference. Wikia will not likely spider the pages. It’ll be more akin to Wikipedia where volunteers contribute the contents.
How will that be any good or worse than Google? This only time will reveal.