Wikipedia boss to create Facebook and Google killer in one?

November 16, 2007

Wikipedia boss to create Facebook and Google killer in one?Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, unveiled a few screenshots of his new application which looks on first glance like some sort of Google/Facebook hybrid. So is Wales on the verge of creating a search engine/social network which could go after the market leaders in both fields?

At a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, which was part of the iCommons “Innovation Series”, Jimmy Wales, the man behind Wikipedia revealed the first screenshots of his new search project.

Technology blogger Matthew Buckland was at Wales session at the conference, and as soon as he saw the screenshot, immediately thought it was a Facebook profile.

Wales described the project as “Google’s worst nightmare”, and said the main inspiration for the project was the secrecy which search engines like Google operate when it comes to how they rank search results.

Wales told the gathering in Johannesburg:

“It’s not a healthy thing that power is in the hands of a couple of companies… the information needs to be out there in the public and people involved.”

So it’s a new fangled search engine which is gunning for Google, but what of the social networking elements that seem to be built in to it. Obviously with just a few hazy photos of the project so far, it’s too early to guess what form this will take, but Wales is certainly setting his aims high. Going after just one company out of Google and Facebook would be brave, going after both seems slightly mad.

Wikipedia is certainly a massive success, and if, as expected, the new project uses the same sort of collaborative effort as the online encyclopaedia does, then it may have a chance in an already crowded market. But I won’t hold my breath.

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2 Responses to “Wikipedia boss to create Facebook and Google killer in one?”

  1. david hill:

    WIKIPEDIA and all its constituent satellites should be totally banned from major research institutions throughout the world for it provides the means for distortions and untruths to be put in print across the whole globe. This cannot be good for humankind as if people start to believe every word that appears in Wikipedia, they will get things wrong. It is as simple as that, but the consequences could be huge for economies and people.
    If you wish to read more I suggest that you get a full insight into Wikipedia and visit
    and go to the bottom of the page.

    Wikipedia is run in reality by a bunch of overgrown kids who do not care about those who really count, the people themselves.

    Dr. David Hill
    World Innovation Foundation
    Bern, Switzerland

  2. Dr. Carl Edwin Lindgren:

    Wikipedia is at best garbage. The following remark appeared on Wikipedia – “What I’m seeing is a lot of puffed-up titles with little backing or significance, employment at something one step up from a diploma mill, and no sign of real academic notability (or for that matter real-world notability as measured by major media attention). —David Eppstein (talk) 08:04, 15 December 2008 (UTC)” The ‘professor’ was referring in part to American Military University. AMU has over 30,000 students and is regionally accredited. When does this rubbish stop? I believe this is libel at best. Few academicians ever use Wikipedia. Try looking up the terrible job done on “chivalric orders”. Wikipedia is merely a vanity rag and not an academic tool. Remember, your six year old sister or daughter can be an editor!


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