Google launches "Knol", Wikipedia competitor/destroyer

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  1. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    The Register.

    Knol.
     
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    Wikipedia sounds cool.

    Knol, sounds well ... not so good.

    If it is short for knowledge, why not knowl? Guess I will never be in marketing. ;)

    So, which one will prevail? Has Google met it's match?
     
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    What a horrible, horrible name. The name MobileMe is a lot better.

    And it seems so easy to make something up. I could write my professor's biography, and make it all up. Big deal. All I would need is public internet access, a new gmail account, and then publish crap that nobody could argue about since there's no point.

    Also, couldn't someone just copy an article from Wikipedia, and reference it? All that knowledge is public domain anyway.

    That's a far more brilliant name, but maybe they felt that the pronunciation was a bit tricky. I'd pronounce it as "now-wul", or similar to "growl" or "howl", but not "bowl".
     
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    I always thought Wiki's "anonimity" and ease of use was what made it grow so fast…

    Google may just be complicating things too much for "Knol" to succeed.
     
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    This could be a problem for Google.

    Same here.

    Good point.
     
  7. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Yea, I've checked this out and am very under enthused about it. Not all of Google's ideas are hits. Wikipedia is already very well established, so for this to come along and seemingly try to compete is just a waste of web space. All it's really doing is repeating other stuff that's already out there on the web.
     
  8. benmrii macrumors 65816

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    Google has taken a lot of great ideas and made them better. At first glance, knol is not one of them.
     
  9. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    A Knol is a Unit of Knowledge according to the site..

     
  10. arkitect macrumors 601

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    *Pffft*… ;)

    Just because they make it up as they go along doesn't mean it's a good name. :D:D
     
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    Thank you for enlightening me. :)

    Snort! :D

    I think that you summed it up well.

    Or rhymes with mole.

    Say, did you get that knol of your fixed? :p
     
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  14. benmrii macrumors 65816

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    Winner! :cool:
     
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    U has a nu e-malez from knolrus in ur gmalez box. Wud u liek to view it?

    The articles so far seem very in depth, but I do wonder what they will do to avoid generating the kind of content that about.com has -- basically, the model seems on the surface fairly similar to them. And about.com is the bane of my internet searching. I hate getting a bunch of hits for them. I inevitably go there, and 99.9% of the time it's absolute crap -- so much worse than Wikipedia that there isn't even a comparison.
     
  16. exabytes18 macrumors 6502

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    You could do that on wikipedia or knol? I know, I've created some pretty ridiculous articles on wikipedia which still stand today.

    Anyway, I don't see Knol taking off. The amount of work people have put into Wikipedia is astounding. It would be extremely difficult replicating that, only better, on Knol.
     
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    What's to stop someone copy+pasting from wikipedia and calling it their own??
     
  19. skunk macrumors G4

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    Calling a "knol" a unit of knowledge should make their entry on etymology entertaining at least.
     
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    Haha, brilliant. :p
     
  21. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    I have searched for "apple," "internet," and "united states" on Knol and there were zero results. I feel smarter already!

    Meanwhile, there is already an entire article about Knol itself on Wikipedia.
     
  22. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    how about...

    googlewiki

    or wikigoogle

    or giki

    Knol sounds so boring. Also reminds me of the last name of a person that I don't particularly like.
     
  23. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    Wikipedia still is amazing...what kind of name is Knol? They couldnt think of any other names?
     
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    Just read this on the yahoo google stock page. Don't know what to think about this.
     
  25. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i honestly don't think that this is entirely aimed at being a wikipedia competitor, although it might develop into that, its too far behind wiki to really catch up imo. but it should have some select uses. the only way it will catch on is if google abuse their position and put their results higher than they should, thats probably the biggest concern imo.
     

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