Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has decided to move onto another business venture and this time it would directly compete with sites like Google, Yahoo, and MSN. Jimmy is hoping to create a search engine, called Wikiasari, that will return better results than other search engines that are currently available. Here is what he says will be unique with Wikiasari:
Google is very good at many types of search, but in many instances it produces nothing but spam and useless crap. Try searching for the term â€˜Tampa hotelsâ€™, for example, and you will not get any useful resultsâ€¦Essentially, if you consider one of the basic tasks of a search engine, it is to make a decision: â€˜this page is good, this page sucks.â€™ Computers are notoriously bad at making such judgments, so algorithmic search has to go about it in a roundabout wayâ€¦But we have a really great method for doing that ourselves. We just look at the page. It usually only takes a second to figure out if the page is good, so the key here is building a community of trust that can do that.
I think that it sounds pretty cool that people will be able to “rate” the results so that the search engine doesn’t show the spam that we have all come to know and love from sites like Google. That doesn’t happen too frequently with Google (for me) but there are some results that I don’t think belong as close to the top as they are. It would be interesting to see how Wikiasari creates an algorithm to prevent it from being abused by spammers.
The screenshot above is from TechCrunch and is supposedly legitimate, but the first thing that I noticed was that the sponsored results at the top link to Wikipedia which is where most of the revenue from the site will go. The “real” sponsored links on the right side would be the primary source for income on the site.
Lastly, the “tag bar” at the top would probably be extremely useful. That should make finding just the right article a little easier, but how will the tags be determined? I imagine that the tags will be automatically calculated but it would be pretty cool if they found a fair way for users to submit tags. Maybe if a certain number of users enter in the same tags then it will accept it? When users are involved with search results/tags I think there are just too many doors open to spammers. This will be fun to follow though.
Thanks to edwest below in the comments for pointing out that the screenshot is NOT real. I’m just crossing my fingers that the feature list is still correct then because tags sound pretty cool.