Maybe some of you have already read about Google plans about creation of the the knowledge portal that would be competetive to the Wikipedia. The task looks imposible. However Google has much experience in clashes with large companies:)
Knol is Google’s answer to the growing interest in Knowledge sharing portals. It main task is to encourage people who are specialists in some domains to share their knowledge with others…who arent:) From the opposite point of view, everyone can add comments to knols or write a review. Everyting we need to start is a google account and Im sure its not a problem..unless you dont work for Microsoft:)
So let’s take a look on this novelty.
At first sight it looks simliar. The central part of the page is occupied by an article (text, pictures, links). However the most interesting things are located around (it doesnt matter that the articles are boring;) On the right hand side we can actually see the author, related knols and reviews…and of course some adverts:) Beneath the article there are comments of other Knol fans:) Google boats that our articles can be found using search engines and this is a point which looks a little tricky to me. If Knol is a google child try to guess what definitions will be placed first in google search results?…..no the answer is not Wikipedia:)
Nevertheless you have to try it because in my opinion Knol in the near future will be as good knowledge portal as Wikipedia. This competition can only bring more profits to users:)
e-learning, knowledge portal, Wikipedia, Knol, Google