Google Launches Knol, A Unit of Knowledge

Satheesh C B | Thursday, July 24, 2008 | 0 comments

The web contains an enormous amount of information, and Google has helped to make that information more easily accessible by providing pretty good search facilities. But not everything is written nor is everything well organized to make it easily discoverable.There are millions of people who possess useful knowledge that they would love to share, and there are billions of people who can benefit from it

“knol” is a free tool to encourage people who know a particular subject to write an authoritative article about it. The tool is still in development and this is just the first phase of testing.A knol on a particular topic is meant to be the first thing someone who searches for this topic for the first time will want to read.

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Google says that it will allow multiple people to create Knols on the same subject. Knol allows users to rate and review Knols, and will likely include ranking as part of search results so we don’t have to sift through countless articles on the same topics. You can see an example article (a Knol that tells you how to write Knols) here.

Each article is referred to as a “knol.” Authors of the knols can take credit for their writing, provide credentials, and elicit peer reviews and comments. Readers can provide feedback, comments, related information.

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