Wikia Search enters beta testing

Wikia Search enters beta testing Wiki Search, a new search engine from the people who brought you Wikipedia, has launched in beta.

The search engine aims to compete with Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and the other engines by offering 'people power' search, with pages that can be moved up or down listings based on how relevant users think they are.

It will therefore use the same community editing ideas as Wikipedia itself, but managers will check to see that people are not abusing the system.

In a letter seen by Tech Crunch, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales wrote: "I'm going to be letting people in slowly over the next few days and we are aiming for a January 7th public launch."

Wikia Search promises to adhere to four organising principles that it believes should be the future of internet search: transparency (openness of systems and alogrithms), community (everyone can contribute), quality (improving the relevancy of results), and privacy (must not store any identifying data).

Although the product will take time to catch the likes of Google, it could eventually corner a significant chunk of the Internet Advertising market.

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