According to reports in the San Jose Mercury News, Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, is looking to build a "a community-programmed search engine that competes with Google." His company, Wikia, has just purchased technology to create such an engine.
As you know, many SEO type folks do not like Wikipedia. Can this open source search engine really compete with Google?
Moderator EGOL at Cre8asite Forums puts his thoughts quite succinctly:
Have you watched the content of a wikipedia topic? Lots of goals, lots of agendas, some extremely competent get edited by idiots.....
..... let that compete with a company that is highly motivated by performance, assessment and profits.
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