Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Wikia Search - What we found or didn't

If you're an avid blog reader, you no doubt read yesterday that the much-anticipated Wikia Search launched, to mixed, if not outright bad reviews.

I suppose it's important to realize this is an Alpha release. I, for one, don't really think 'alphas' should be public. Alphas generally create negative publicity, but they decided to 'go public' and let us all play.

TechCrunch did a piece on the alpha here . Matt Cutts (Google) on his return from a brief vacation noted some Wikia Viagara math (?!) at this blog here . Then, a slew of reviews came down during the day on Monday.

Here's what our gang noticed, for what it's worth.

You were able to instantly create a relevant piece to your search term at the very top. Check back later, it stays there. If that theory goes where Wikipedia's been, that can be good or bad, depending on who writes the updates.

The part we liked the best were the little voting stars. Just click on them and you get a very cool "Sorry, this doesn't do anything yet" ?!

Now, that's an alpha.

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