Wikia Search on the verge of launching

Wikia Search Engine Launch

A year ago, Jimmy Wales announced that he was testing Wikia search, Wikipedia’s attempt to compete with Google in the search engine wars. Wikia Search is now due to be launched on the 7th January 2008 after over year of testing and I have to say I’m looking forward to seeing what Jimmy Wales and the Wikipedia people have come up with.

Apparently when searching topics, searchers will be able to rank search results to improve the filtering of the SERPS and make the ranking of the results more transparent. Human generated search engine ranking? I said it before and I’m about to say it again - that sounds a little more like DMOZ, rather than the Google search engine and DMOZ is now only used by people trying to achieve a good link, or to target sites to try and get links from. I don’t know anybody, other than DMOZ editors, that use DMOZ to search for a product, service and information these days - do you?

Won’t Wikia Search be open to Tampering?

If it’s possible for anyone to register for Wikia Search and then rank the search results, isn’t that going to be open to black hat search engine optimisers to simply weight the rankings in their favour? Transparency is a great thing, but if rankings can be maniplated by unqualified human editors, I don’t see a bright future for the Wikia Search Project and I certainly don’t see it affecting Google’s share of the search engine market any time soon.

Even if Wikia search proves to be able to get around the tricks of the black hat optimisers and becomes a major success, it will be a couple of years before they will be taken seriously as a search engine and I feel that it will never be the case that we end up wikia-ing, instead of googling for information on the web!

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