Could a Wikipedia backed search engine take down Google?

Jimmy Wales, the man behind Wikipedia, has laid out plans to create a new search engine that focuses on quality results, rather than complete and total crawling.

According to Reuters, "The new Wikia search service will combine computer-driven algorithms and human-assisted editing when the company launches a public version of the search site toward the end of 2007"

It's not likely that Wales efforts will make a short term dent in Google's stronghold but, never forget that Google's prowess came originally from it's ability to return better results. As scammers and Google bombers have continued to find ways to hit the top of searches they aren't entitled to, Google's competence has come into some doubt. If Wales and Wikia can build a better mouse trap, the world just might beat a path to their door.

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