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Wikipedia to get Googlified

11 Feb 2005

I got to know from the grapevine that Google has offered hosting for Wikimedia projects. See the discussion page for user views and add your own thoughts if you like.

In case, you already didn't know, Wikipedia is a free excellent community-driven encyclopedia. It isn't surprising that Wikipedia has replaced most of my searches. I recently wanted to know more about the saxophone, so I directly entered http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saxophone in my browser and read all about it. No search, no fuss. Maybe that's why Google got interested in it...

As somebody pointed out in the discussion page:

Google undoubtly sees itself as the main - if not sole - dealer of information, in the forthcoming age of information trafficing. If this is the case (and only those who have seen the actual offer can say that), I'd say wikimedia should resist the offer.

Its great that Google has offerred hosting to Wikipedia and I don't think I have a reason to be have any negative thoughts about it, but in a world of takeovers, I just hope they don't have any other plans about it. This is a sincere wish of a Wikipedia user and contributor.

Sidenote : I am listening to SmoothJazz online radio, they play real good instrumental music.

Comments

Swaroop C H says:

Sriram: You might not be far from what is on the minds of Google...

Sriram says:

What would be killer is if Google started returning results from Wikipedia when you search for something (like what happens with Google news).

Btw, Swaroop, could you make that 'Subscribe to comments' off by default - I suddenly started getting mails and I had no idea why :)

Swaroop C H says:

Ed Jason: I am glad the book was useful for you :)

I haven't thought of a wiki for BoP because it would require too much maintenance. However, I am using a private wiki of my own to maintain my Python notes.

I'll check out your wikicities pages. Thanks :)

Ed Jason aka Lobster says:

It is interesting what your say about goggle gobble (we swallow everything). They would of course like to own wikipedia and if wikipedia have any integrity they will not be bamboozled by goo from the the google gaggle.

I have been using your Python tutorial 'a Byte of Python'. Excellent. A delight. I had always steered clear of Python (it did not seem intuitive). Well it is.

Have you considered releasing a 'Byte of Python' as a wiki? I am using wikicities (also started by the wikipedia people) and you would be welcome to develop some simple experiments on my very new Python pages (I would be honoured)

Noorul says:

What if google starts posting ads.

Swaroop C H says:

Noorul: Please read the article before commenting.

It clearly states:
"Please note that this agreement does **not** mean there is any requirement for us to include advertising on the site."

Noorul says:

I am sorry

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