Wikia Search Alpha Goes Live

Jan 7, 2008 • 8:04 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Search Engines
 

wikia searchWikia Search is now live at http://alpha.search.wikia.com/.

Honestly, it seems very lacking - I guess that is why it is an alpha launch?

There has been a lot of pressure to launch Wikia Search. Jimmy Wales promised an early launch and then promised to launch this week and here we have it.

Let's look at one search, although, I have been disappointed with many.

A search on george bush returns a blank "mini article" result at the top. Our president returns a blank mini article? The search results themselves return:

(1) George Bush Is A Crackwhore! (2) A blogspot result at http://george-bush-gulf-war.blogspot.com (3) Then this http://www.george-bush-pics.com/

The image results at the top right for people matching on George Bush is just sad.

Here is a screen capture of those results today. Sad.

Hey, but Wikia admits the results are sad. As they say on their about us page:

We are aware that the quality of the search results is low.

Right now, the most important thing you can do is help with the "miniarticles" that appear at the top of popular search terms. These will vary in purpose according to the circumstance, but the primary uses will be: * Short definitions * Disambiguations * Photos * See also

Michael Arrington wrote Wikia Search Is A Complete Letdown and you can find a lot more coverage at Techmeme.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld and Search Engine Watch Forums.

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Comments:

Jaan Kanellis

01/07/2008 05:36 pm

Why is this getting so much press? Obviously because of the creator, but the results look like crap.

souleye

01/11/2008 12:24 am

I think that the concept is cool. Never mind the quality of the searches. Some dudes, they spent their lives googling themselves. It causes eye strain in the long run. Now for a change they can use their time more productively by wikiating themselves. I tried to google... ahem wikiate 'souleye' and it gave me the option, if I didn't find it to list it. What better way to find something than putting it there in the first place? Good job!

No Name

01/13/2008 01:25 pm

I tried it out today and it didn't seem to be working properly. I'll give it a few months and see where they are at. Go back and look at Yahoo's early pages! I think that will give people a point of reference for a new site. Give it time to develop.

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