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Wikia Search Out Of Options

Jimmy Wales announces closure

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So much for Wikia Search.  Other Wikia properties will live on, but this one service, which represented a foray into the field of user-generated search, will close today according to Jimmy Wales himself. 

Jimmy Wale

Wales, who hadn’t made a post on his blog since January 20th, admitted in an addition this morning that "Wikia Search . . . has not been enjoying the kind of success that we had hoped."

He then continued, "In a different economy, we would continue to fund Wikia Search indefinitely.  It’s something I care about deeply. . . .  But for now, we will be closing the doors on the Wikia Search project (as of March 31, 2009) and will be re-directing and refocusing resources on other Wikia.com properties, especially on Wikianswers."

This development represents quite a blow to supporters of user-generated search.  After all, since the man behind Wikipedia couldn’t make it work, the odds of another contender getting ahead seem pretty slim.

Still, at least for a little while, the closure of Wikia Search might give Mahalo a little bit of a bump.  And Wales shouldn’t be too depressed over this little defeat, as Wikipedia achieved complete victory over Microsoft’s Encarta yesterday.

Wikia Search Out Of Options
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  • http://www.akahele.org Gregory Kohs

    Strange. I said from Day One that Wikia Search would not work, because its leader isn’t reliable and transparent.

    In fact, my letter to the editor of Fast Company appeared in the second issue after the “Google Killer” claptrap cover story.

    I got called a “troll”, for being right. Once again.

    Maybe people will start listening to me now?

    http://www.mywikibiz.com/Criticism_of_Jimmy_Wales

    http://www.mywikibiz.com/Top_10_Reasons_Not_to_Donate_to_Wikipedia