Wikipedia co-founder James Wales has launched the Alpha release of Wikia Search.
Backed by Amazon.com for US$14million, plus a host of venture capitalist and business angels, the prime distinguisher between Wikia Search and the current crop of Google-dominated search engines is that the newcomer integrates human input with computer algorithms.
But of even greater significance: Wikia will publish the code supporting the search tool, a move that underscores the growing trend in technology – even within Google – toward open source software.
Being an alpha release, they have flagged the search quality is pretty poor at the moment but they are expecting that to dramatically improve over the weeks.
It’s great news that there will be an alternate search tool to Google. We’ll see how Wikia Search evolve/grow over the coming weeks…. maybe even contribute.