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Knol, the New Wikipedia competitor

July 24, 2008

I don’t know about you guys, but I use quite often Wikipedia for my USMLE studying. Now, the powerful Google launches Knol, the real competition for Wikipedia and considering the fact that Google is very rich, probably in the next few years Knol will be more and more popular.

Google opened its website Knol to the public on Wednesday, allowing people to write about their areas of expertise under their bylines in a twist on encyclopedia Wikipedia, which allows anonymity. “We are deeply convinced that authorship — knowing who wrote what — helps readers trust the content,” said Cedric DuPont, product manager for Knol. The name of the service is a play on an individual unit of knowledge, DuPont said, and entries on the public website, knol.google.com, are called “knols.” Google conducted a limited test of the site beginning in December. Knol has publishing tools similar to single blog pages. But unlike blogs, Knol encourages writers to reduce what they know about a topic to a single page that is not chronologically updated.

Google launches Knol [reuters via rlslog]

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