Google’s is working on a Wikipedia rival Knol (stands for unit of knowledge) which aims to aggregate the enormous amount of information available on world wide web. Google Knol which is currently “by invitation only ” can be used by people to post what they expert in with their photo on a clean looking page. Google’s Knol is different from Wikipedia in a manner that only the original author can edit or update the entries unlike wikipedia where anonymous users can also edit others entries however in Knol others will be able to rank and review entries posted by other members.
So overall its a combination of Wiki,Blogging and Yahoo answers and named into a unit call Knol. From the Google’s blog :
Our goal is to encourage people who know a particular subject to write an authoritative article about it.
The key idea behind the knol project is to highlight authors. Books have authors’ names right on the cover, news articles have bylines, scientific articles always have authors — but somehow the web evolved without a strong standard to keep authors names highlighted.
A knol on a particular topic is meant to be the first thing someone who searches for this topic for the first time will want to read. The goal is for knols to cover all topics, from scientific concepts, to medical information, from geographical and historical, to entertainment, from product information, to how-to-fix-it instructions.
Now you must be waiting to see how the Google’s Knol looks like below is the screenshot :
With Knol Google steps forward again in its mission to aggregate world’s information. Knol will also be revenue based giving Knol authors the part of revenue earned from their entries. No information is presently available on when it will be available for a public release.
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