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Wikia Search Launches - It Doesn't Work

Posted on 1.06.2008
Jimmy Wales' latest project, Wikia, the human-powered, spam-free search portal has finally been launched in test mode after much hype and anticipation. But early reviews are not good. I don't think anyone expects this to be a Google killer right from the start, if ever. As a human-powered system, time is needed to add information and rate search results. But there is one massive problem: you can't rate results because that critical function doesn't work yet! This entire platform is built on user input, a function that isn't functional.

So far, Wikia looks like a social network built around search. You can add your photo, preferences, tags, interests, add friends, share interests and even have your profile show up when other people search for terms included in your tags ... or at least that's the idea. I spent about 20 minutes trying to add my profile and related information. But after getting error messages and being spit out of the site several times, and after about my fourth login and attempt to update my profile (by entering in the same information over and over again) I finally gave up. Sure, it's only in testing, but it's hard to test something when nothing works. In my opinion, if you're going to release something with the lofty goal of challenging Google, you had better ensure that it works properly. And if you're going to talk about how human-powered search is going to change everything we know about search, give me the functionality to see it in action. Right now it's a search engine with few accurate results that I can't help refine.
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