Google Opens Knol to Everyone

Today, Google opened its Knol project for all to see. Knol is a service that allows users to write articles on useful tidbits of knowledge. It has been compared to Wikipedia since it was first announced last year, but the topics do not need to be encyclopedia-worthy. Also, a person who creates a knol (a “unit of knowledge,” according to Google) has total control over edits to his page, so vandalism should not be problem like it is on Wikipedia.

Currently, most of the articles deal with health topics; apparently, a lot of medical professionals were involved in the private beta. But I image that the content will quickly branch out into other other areas of knowledge now that the site is available to everyone. My personal favorites so far are the knols on buttermilk pancakes and toilet clogs.


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