OK, so isn’t this just a Google version of Wikipedia?
Well no. There are supposedly 2 major differences:
- Everything written has an author (or authors). It’s his or her knowledge, opinion, whatever. You can’t change what’s been written (unless you get the author to agree), but you can comment on it.
- It isn’t philanthropic….
As Google states: At the discretion of the author, a knol may include ads from our AdSense program. If an author chooses to include ads, Google will provide the author with a revenue share from the proceeds of those ad placements.
So, I went to have a look at my favourite topics.
Want to guess what they were?
Of course, it shouldn’t be very difficult – SEO, QA and Testing, Blogging, Photography, Travel …
And what did I find?
Well, if you want to know about Kosher Wine (now I really must comment on that one …), head lice (don’t get me onto that subject, PLEASE!), or how to un-clog a toilet, you’ll have so much to read, that I’ll never get you back here 😦
But what about those topics that I (and I hope you) are REALLY interested in?
Well … using the Knol search box, I found ONE, yes ONE, measly Knol on SEO. Actually, it wasn’t measly, it was very good. It was Danny Sullivan‘s excellent list of Firefox plugins for SEO and SEM, which is getting longer as each commenter adds his or her list – great idea.
Now I Knowl (please excuse the pun) that there is more on SEO there, because I also found Moose’s Knols about SEO, the SEO Knols Group (loads and loads and loads of SEO tools), and his comments on Aharon Wall’s very good SEO Basics.
But whichever way you look at it, it took me ages to find these, and that is just by wading through link after link, mainly from the comments.
And what about the others, you are asking?
NADA, Nothing, Zilch, כלום (that’s pronounced Klum, as in Heidi), Rien ….
So, either Google Knols has a big, big, bug in their search, AND / OR there’s plenty of scope for all of you to start writing huge numbers of Knols about basically anything you want …
On the other hand, it looks like Knol topics are doing amazingly well on Google …
So, who’s going to join me in Collaborating on QA and Testing?
Anyone for SEO?
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