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Wikipedia – The New Search Engine? January 17, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Google, Internet, Search, Tools, Trends, Wikipedia, Wikis.

Several industry analysts feel that Wikipedia is well positioned to become the preferred search engine to Google and others. Heres an interesting article from Jack Schofield of the guardian.

I do agree that Wikipedia has lots of good information and not mere links. It is after all an online encyclopedia. While a search engine gives you links, the Wikipedia actually gives you the information (or story) you need in addition to links. In addition a Wiki page is actually based on inputs and corrections from multiple people making it more complete. Its collaborative structure makes the information more relevant.

Wikis are also being increasingly used in the corporate world as Knowledge Base repositories.

UPDATE: As if on cue, Wikipedia search engine WikiSeek is launching.