Wikiasari, Community Search Engine; New Search Engine by Wikipedia Founder

Dec 25, 2006 • 8:21 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Search Engines

Wow, tons of buzz over the weekend over a new search engine started by Jimmy Wales, founder of the Wikipedia. The new engine is to be named wikiasari. The story was broken on The Times in the UK, where it describes how the engine will leverage the community.

“But we have a really great method for doing that ourselves,” he added. “We just look at the page. It usually only takes a second to figure out if the page is good, so the key here is building a community of trust that can do that.”

Techcrunch has claimed to post an exclusive screen capture, which was rejected;

The TechCrunch story is also wrong. This project has nothing to do with the screenshot they are running, and this search project has nothing to do with Wikipedia.

Also, this is not an Amazon powered engine, but Amazon is funding part of a large part of the project.

We currently have a lot of discussion in the forums on this topic. The Google killer? :)

Brett Tabke came in Christmas eve to comment:

Lets try some math:

If you have 1000 people making editorial decisions at the rate of 3-4 pages a minute for 400 minutes a day = 1600 pages per person per day - or about 1.5 million pages per day. If you have 5000 people doing that - you have about 7.5million pages per day, or about 150million pages per month.

Strangely enough, I have heard the figure 150 million pages used in reference to the bulk of the long tail in the top two search engines. Meaning that the top 150million pages on the web comprise 95-98% of the search engine listings popping up in search engines on any given day.

That said, I would rather have machine based results. Humans are easy to manipulate (Ever hear of Dmoz? lol).

Also, Li Evans does a good job summarizing things.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld & DigitalPoint Forums.

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Gary Price

12/25/2006 05:47 pm

Just wanted to point out that there are MANY info pro community powered (humans) directories and search tools that have been doing a great job focusing on quality of quantity. For example: Librarians' Internet Index Intute (from the UK) Several more examples in this post:


12/26/2006 10:19 pm

I don't get all this excitement about a project that may not even come out for years to come. Not to mention the fact that there is also plenty of competition. But maybe it'll pull a google.

Adam Jusko

12/26/2006 10:23 pm

I would point out that we at Bessed ( have already launched something similar to what Wikiasari is suggesting in terms of human-powered search. On the other hand, we are not suggesting users be the sole supplier of search results, because they don't have enough incentive to do so. We use our own in-house editors and take suggestions from visitors to supplement them. I can't imagine Wikiasari can build something to rival Google without a healthy number of paid human editors. As Brett Tabke suggests, when a site is created solely by volunteers, the system will be abused by those supporting their own interests.


03/12/2007 12:02 pm

Well honestly I think that is only a matter of time until google will develop their own community search engine.

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