Wikipedia Co-Founder Planning 'Google Killer'

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"Search is part of the fundamental infrastructure of the Internet. And, it is currently broken."

Those harsh words come from co-founder Jimmy Wales. (Source:

Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia, has quickly become a bona fide Internet sensation. Now Jimmy Wales wants to expand his horizons and challenge the big boys.

And they don't come any bigger than Google!

Wales has announced plans to create a search engine of his own. The project -- which is called Search Wikia -- is already being dubbed a "Google Killer."

But don't hold your breath just yet. "We're not producing a Google killing search engine in three months," Wales admitted in a recent interview. "We'd really anticipate it would be a year or two until we're able to launch a viable search engine," he continued.

Google has integrated its search engine with many of its other services. However, Wales won't be taking the same approach with Search Wikia. "This will be completely independent of Wikipedia," he confirmed. (Source:

Wales envisions a unique method of processing searches that will differentiate Search Wikia from its competitors.

His proposed solution: a search engine that "relies on human intelligence to do what algorithms cannot." (Source:

Wales explained that concept in more detail to The Times Online, a news site based in the UK.

"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'," Wales said. "Computers are notoriously bad at making such judgments, so algorithmic search has to go about it in a roundabout way."

"But we have a really great method for doing that ourselves," he elaborated. "We just look at the page. It usually only takes a second to figure out if the page is good, so the key here is building a community of trust that can do that." (Source:

Wales wants to radically change the face of search engines because he's not happy with how they currently work. Search engines are "broken," he declared dramatically on the information website for Search Wikia, "for the same reason that proprietary software is always broken: lack of freedom, lack of community, lack of accountability, lack of transparency."

Wales sees Search Wikia as more than just another business venture. To him, it's a full-fledged revolution!

"Just as Wikipedia revolutionized how we think about knowledge and the encyclopedia, we have a chance now to revolutionize how we think about search," Wales boasted. "Help me out, spread the word. I am looking for people to continue the development of a wiki-inspired search engine. Specifically community members who would like to help build people-powered search results and developers to help us build an open-source alternative for web search." (Source:

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