New Arrival: Wikia Search Officially Launches Online
Wikia Inc., a provider of community resources for building and organizing free information, announced earlier this week that the Wikia Search project is now live.
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia the online encyclopedia written and edited by a community of volunteer collaborators, and co-founder of Wikia, has said the Wikia project is designed to create a new search platform founded on open-source search protocols and human collaboration that is open to contributions from everyone. The infrasturure also means that anyone - from home hobbyists, to entrepreneurs, to small startups - can use the technology to build their own search engine.
In addition to executing basic search queries, users also can do traditional social networking activities, such as creating a personal profile, adding friends, sharing photos and managing privacy settings. Anyone is able to discuss and rank search results, write and edit "mini articles" and more.
The tools enable every searcher to share and participate in simple and familiar ways. The Wikia Search community is devoted to both transparency and privacy - meaning every ranking decision is open to the public and absolutely nothing is automatically stored about any user's executed search queries in order to protect privacy.