Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Work for Google as a Content Writer?

Earlier this month, Google announced a new web service similar to Wikipedia, the Knol Project. FYI, Knol stands for a unit of knowledge.

The article, Google's Knol project: A Wikipedia killer?, describes it this way: “With huge amounts of content across the web, it's often hard to find the quality stuff. …[Knol] is a knowledge base – where experts write up articles and users have a chance to benefit from the wisdom.”

Google’s says its key idea is to highlight authors, as explained on its blog, ie:

The key idea behind the knol project is to highlight authors. Books have authors' names right on the cover, news articles have bylines, scientific articles always have authors -- but somehow the web evolved without a strong standard to keep authors names highlighted. We believe that knowing who wrote what will significantly help users make better use of web content. [Source: Encouraging people to contribute knowledge]

How does Knol differ from Wikipedia? Revenue sharing and expertise.

Google’s plan is to recruit expert Knols (authors) for each topic. They will receive a share of the profits from advertising generated by their articles.

In contrast, Wikipedia authors are not paid – its contributors are a community of volunteer writers.

Right now, the project is in beta stage, and it is run on an invitation-only basis. So, not just anyone can be a Knol.

Will this mean web searchers won’t have to wade through so much junk on the web? If anyone can make it happen, Google can.

To read full details on the project, click here.

Keeping you editorially "in the know,"
Yuwanda Black, Publisher
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1 comment:

Virtual Assistant said...

How do you get to be one of those writers? I want in. :}