Wikia Search Goes Online Next Week

Wikia co-founder and chairman Jimmy Wales announced the public will get its first view of Wikia Search, an open source, community-driven search engine, on January 7. Wales admits his company's search engine is not an immediate challenger to Google or Yahoo, but hopes the community construction of the search engine will bring increased transparency to the method by which search results appear.

On Monday, search enthusiasts can start building Wikia Search by filtering and ranking search results using open-source software and community-based editorial influence that will result in a more transparent process that allows end-users to see how search results are obtained. Wales says he hopes to have an index of between 50 to 100 million Websites when the search engine launches. "This is the public launch of a full-scale, high quality search engine," he says. "We're looking at every point in the process to see where we can push the editorial control out into the community."

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