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December 17, 2007

Knol

by @ 8:06 am. Filed under Current Events, Technology

Google, Google, Google…what are we going to do with it?…Wow, that company is always shaking things up. Yeah, Google is at it again…This time the Internet giant is flipping the Wiki world upside down. Especially, the Wikipedia world. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia created by a collaborative of authors. Anyone can write or edit a Wikipedia article. Since an article is the brain-child of many authors, no one author is given credit for its creation. Google has developed a similar forum called Knol. Here’s how Knol is “similar” to a wiki…Independent authors write articles related to their area of specialty… and the content is linked to other articles. But Knol is not a Wiki. Here’s how it is “different”…Each article stands on its own like a webpage. Unlike Wikipedia, each article has one author and he/she is given credit for his/her work. Also unlike Wikipedia other authors are NOT given the right to edit the content written by the original author. They can submit “suggested edits” to the original author, but changes are only made with his/her approval. Knol is not a collaboration of knowledge… but the biggest difference between Knol and Wikipedia is this…since each article has a one specific author, Google is “allowing authors to monetize their pages as they see fit”. That means make money anyway they can…money? did someone say money?? Google believes Knol is more like Blogger than a wiki…it is a platform for authors to present their works.

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