Will Google’s ‘knols’ spell the end for Wikipedia?

The internet is buzzing with news of a new Google tool that could be set to eclipse Wikipedia.

‘Knols’ (units of knowledge) allow anyone to create wiki pages on topics of their choice but according to Steve Rubel’s blog Micro Persuasion differ to Wikipedia in that they highlight the author and welcome formal contributions from organisations.

Google says the new, free tool will be the ultimate way to help people share knowledge, although it’s not clear yet how quality control will be established or credibility judged.

But with the immense Google marketing machine behind them, it’s more than likely Knols will spell the end for their closest competitor.

Check out Google’s official blog for more on Knols


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