Google Launches Knol, Wikipedia Competitor


Google has opened Knol, a user generated encyclopedia or we can say, a competitor to Wikipedia for general public. ‘Knol’ which has been dubbed as a unit of knowledge was earlier available only to a selected users through invitation. However, unlike Wikipedia, users can earn profits from there articles by putting ads on the articles which they write. The revenue will have to be shared with Google.

‘Knol’ requires the authors to identify themselves to help the audience assess the source’s credibility which was not the case with Wikipedia. Google doesn’t intend to screen the submissions for accuracy and instead will rely on its search formulas to highlight the articles that readers believe are credible. With the ad system, more users will be encouraged to write articles. But will it be able to challenge Wikipedia which has got quite a head start and has more than 8.2 million articles in more than 200 languages. However in Wikipedia, since anyone can add or edit the information written by other, the credibility of the information does become questionable in the collaborative manner. Knol on the other hand, has a limited number of articles which will surely increase in the coming months. But i feel that both can co exist peacefully in the web.

One noteworthy point is whether ‘Knol’ will effect blogger’s or not. There are chances that it might have an effect on the SERP’s ranking for bloggers. Other than that, only time will tell. So what do you guys think ? Will it challenge Wikipedia and effect Bloggers or not ?


  1. Binny V A says:

    > Will it challenge Wikipedia
    No – it is almost impossible for Knol to be a competition for Wikipedia.

  2. Siddharth says:

    Knol will take time to win
    as wikipedia has already been established

  3. MOin says:

    i dont think its hard for knol to become famous as google know each and every way to be famous 😉

  4. Ram says:

    Knol articles are already ranking high in Google, this is definitely a concern for independent publishers.

  5. @Ram
    That was bound to happen

  6. Bobby Revell says:

    Is Google trying to run the world? Duh…of course they are. The one thing I like about wikipedia is they are not profit driven. Google’s Knol doesn’t interest me, especially knowing it’s profit driven.

  7. eches says:

    In my opinion, wikipedia is way much I guess