He estado leyendo por todas partes que Wikipedia, la enciclopedia más popular, gratuita, y en la que todos pueden colaborar, va a lanzar un motor de búsqueda, Wikiasari, que le hará competencia a Google y se unirá al search engine de Amazon, A9.

Ruedan y ruedan mil versiones, especulaciones, etc. Por ahora, el website de Wikia, relacionado con el proyecto tiene una advertencia y pide ayuda para aclarar malentendidos. Este es el enlace, para los que quieran leerlo. Más detalles: Times Online; Search Engine Watch; Search Marketing Gurus; ZDNet (1); ZDNet (2) (Donna Bogatin).

Aquí les dejo la advertencia de la página de Wikia:

Update 1: 27 de diciembre, 2006._ Encontré este artículo de Catherine Holahan que me fascinó: ‘Crowd Wisdom vs. Google’s Genius’, y es que todos, inevitablemente especulan sobre la posibilidad de que ahora sí, pueda nacer un gigante que destrone a Google:

The founder of Wikipedia plans to take on the giant by offering search results that tap the knowledge of people across the Web.

Can the wisdom of crowds trump the genius of Google? The founder of Web encyclopedia Wikipedia believes it not only can, but it will. Jimmy Wales, the man behind Wikipedia, which ranks among the top 15 online destinations worldwide, plans to launch a new search engine in the first three months of 2007. He believes the project, which is called Wikiasari, could someday overtake Google (GOOG) as the leader of Web search.

Y es que el 2007 traerá sorpresas. Las mayores estarán en una nueva generación de search engines, social networking… y sorpresas, seguramente habrá más sorpresas, porque Google ha estado trabajando calladamente en un nuevo search engine que no aparece en su Google Labs, pero que ya ha sido descubierto por los curiosos amantes del detalle: Searchmash. :-)

Les dejo algunos enlaces que tienen relación con todo esto, nuevos motores de búsquedas (search engines), qué dicen los que más saben y un pequeño resumen de lo que carece la tecnología para dar el salto. Ya tocaré todo esto más adelante, en otro post… ¿pero sabían que The Wikimedia Foundation está en St. Petersburg, Fla.?

Wales said that current search engine technology, using complex algorithms to complete searches, is “broken.”

“It is broken for the same reason that proprietary software is always broken: lack of freedom, lack of community, lack of accountability (and) lack of transparency. Here, we will change all that,” Wales wrote.

Wiki founder to launch search engine

Wikiasari The Search Engine Wikipedia Style

Wales believes that the human judgement is better than any computer search algorithm. “Essentially, if you consider one of the basic tasks of a search engine, it is to make a decision: ‘this page is good, this page sucks’,” Mr Wales said. “Computers are notoriously bad at making such judgments, so algorithmic search has to go about it in a roundabout way.

In November in their effort to better index the web sites Google, Yahoo and Microsoft decided to team up and use the same tool, called Sitemaps.

Social Search Overview (Google Custom Search Engine, Yahoo Answers & MyWeb, Flickr, Ask.com)

Types of social search:
– Shared bookmarks and web pages; del.icio.us, shadows, myweb, furl, diggo;
– Tag engines such as technorati and bloglines;
– Collaborative directories such as ODP, Prefound, Zimbio and Wikipedia (an encyclopedia but lots of links to other resources);
– Personalized verticals such as eurekster, Google COOP and rollyo;
– Collaborative harvesters such as digg, netscape and reddit;
– Social Q&A sites such as Yahoo Answers and Answerbag.
Problems with Social Search:
– Scale and scope issues
– Tagging issues )ambiguity, lack of controlled vocabulary, human laziness, and “idiots”.
– Spammers
What will make Social Search Work?
– A combination of algorithmic and “people-mediated search”
– Trust networks (like shared bookmark services and friends)
– Increased personalization and user control over result filtering
– Social search will probably work best for non-text content (photos, music, video, etc.)

Visit Google’s Super-Secret Experimental Playground: Searchmash
Searchmash is Google’s site for experimenting with new features in its core search business.

Google’s New SearchMash Test Site

GINA TRAPANI (Lifehacker)

New web search interface Searchmash (which is apparently run by Google) offers web, images, video, blog and Wikipedia search results all on one dynamic page with modules that expand and collapse.

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15 features and improvements Pandia wants from Google this Xmas.